A few years back, I was working at a newspaper in London, helping them prepare for some huge gala they planned to throw. It was a wonderful event full of champagne and delicious treats (which were much appreciated since I was basically flat broke), but for some reason, the powers that be decided to partially squelch some of the merriment by requiring employees to wear a suit. This was the first time in my life that I had ever been required to wear one, and it shook me to my core.

Being a fairly liberated lady, I swore that I drew the line at skirt suits, so I set out in search of an inexpensive, black pant suit.  I ended up at Primark and purchased the most ill-fitting, soul crushing suit I’ve ever seen in real life. It scarred me actually and I vowed to avoid suits from there on out.

Flash forward to today, and I’ve still successfully managed to live a suit-free occupational existence. But my views on suiting have definitely changed a little. Now, my eyes have been opened to suits that are cut much closer to the body, shrunken even, and I think that’s just fine! I haven’t gone so far as to purchase a suit of my very own yet, but I’m no longer quite so viscerally opposed to the idea.

Yesterday, I paired a shrunken cotton blazer with my supertight Cheap Mondays and the end result was pretty close to a suit – even the blacks matched! Finished it was an easy cashmere short-sleeved sweater, boots, and minimal accessories and I felt borderline professional!

This is about as close as I get to suiting…

Blazer – Uniqlo
Pants – Cheap Monday
Sweater – Paul Smith
Boots – Frye
Ring – Forever 21