Suit Up.

 “Don’t dress for the job you have, but the job you want.” This is a saying that I have heard many times over, and after years of working in the Marketing industry, I find this to be more and more true. I have recently been given the opportunity to change jobs, and alongside many exciting and nervous thoughts rushing through my mind, one thing I know for sure is that I need a new wardrobe! The job I have currently I can get away with a more laid back wardrobe, however, the new company I will be working for is more corporate and I want to make sure I have a wardrobe that shows my professionalism and dedication. I am sure my boyfriend is reading this wide-eyed, frightened of the massive shopping spree I am planning. He needn’t worry though. The great thing about corporate attire is that you just need a few classic invesment pieces that you can mix and match and you’re set!

The show Suits is about lawyers, and as you can imagine, they are extremely well dressed. Jessica Pearson is a talented, big-shot lawyer who dresses the part in every episode. She proves that dressing corporate doesn’t have to be boring. A woman can be successful but look feminine all at once. She proves that woman can make it to the top, and look amazing while doing it. Let’s take a look at Jessica’s fierce outfits throughout the seasons.

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I found it only suitable to start off the blog with your “typical” suit. Jessica looks extremely corporate with this 3-piece dark grey suit. However, her necklace definitely adds feminity to the whole look.

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Office wear doesn’t only entail wearing suits on a daily basis. It is also very common to wear fitted (but not too fitted) dresses that usually are knee-length. This dress is not just a grey plain dress. The criss cross pattern in the front gives it that extra twist.

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A taupe blazer is a wise investment to make simply because it can go with everything. In this scene, Jessica sported an entirely neutral palette look, with a cream top and black skirt, however this blazer can laso have been easilypaired with a fuscia pink shirt with navy pants (just giving an exmaple of many different options).

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The LBD (Little Black Dress) isn’t only a must-have for a night out, but the right dress is also perfect for the office. It is subtle but forever classic. And don’t even get me started on that beautiful taupe purse. Great color for summer as well as winter.  

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An outfit like this screams out sophistication and power. This houndstooth patterned blazer will definitely catch the eye of everyone in your office. What I love about Jessica’s outfits is that there is always a slight twist to the typical office wear. Instead of sporting the classic buttoned down blouse, she wore a scoop neck grey shirt from under to make it different.

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This is a difficult color to pull off, however, if you can, this blush pink is a great asset to any wardrobe. It is soft and elegant on your skin and rosy cheeks and lips are the perfect balance for that pop of color.

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You cannot dress like a corporate business woman and not have an appropriate jacket to match. Jessica’s nicely fitted black coat with gorgeous neckline is professional and beautiful all at once.

Stay tuned for the continuation on Wednesday of how to pull off that sophisticated corpoate look like Jessica Pearson does so flawlessly!

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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

 

 

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There’s nothing like a good comedy. One that’s gut wrenchingly, laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately they are a dime a dozen, for many movies have tried, and failed. However, Bridesmaids was as much of a success as I had hoped it would be. Hilariously funny, witty and just so real. Not to mention, written by women with a complete women cast, I feel pretty darn proud.

This simple yet great story line is about how Annie Walker (played by Kristen Wiig) goes about dealing with the harsh realities of her life (losing her boyfriend, losing her job, having unbearable roomates, etc), and the fact that her best friend Lillian (played by Maya Rudolph) is getting married. Her life is in shambles but she strives to be the best maid-of-honor she can be (and having a lot of difficulty along the way doing so). Not to mention, Lillian has all of a sudden found herself a little-miss-perfect friend in the beautiful and posh, Helen (played by Rose Byrne) and Annie is not too pleased.  

Obviously this being a 99.0% female cast, chances of seeing some nice clothes is bound to happen. Having 6 women in the bridal party leads to 6 very different styles. Since Annie and Helen were so competitive in the movie, I thought a little fashion competition between the two would be appropriate. Today I will take the time to review Annie’s cute and simple wardrobe that shows you don’t need to break your wallet to look great.

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If you watched this movie you definitely noticed a pattern in Annie’s wardrobe: dress and blazer. In at least 3 different scenes of this movie, she chooses to wear this combination and the outcome is sweet and feminine. A cute summer dress is always a great choice (and can be found for a very good price) whether it’s for a supper or a day time get together. Adding a blazer with rolled up sleeves gives it an edgier look which adds sophistication (perfect for more formal events).  

 

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When it comes to travelling I put comfort first and wear my most comfortable sweats and shirt. This seems like a good idea until I arrive at my destination and don’t feel even remotely glamourous stepping off the plane. While still keeping comfort in mind, Annie Walker opted for jeans and a black and white nice loose striped top. The look is casual and practical, yet she looks put together and presentable (except for when she got drunk and made the plane take an emergency landing).

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Annie worked shortly at a jewerly store and she was by far the worst salesperson you can have. One thing she did succeed at is her work attire. A v-neck thin sweater paired with a matching shirt is a great way to maintain the professional look without sporting a suit. 

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Despite Annie being miserable at her friend’s bridal shower, she still looked fantastic in a short red dress with a red matching leather belt. Simple and appropriate for an event like this, and differentiated itself with the 2 different sized straps. Her meltdown caused quite the scene, but at least she looked good while destroying that heart shaped cookie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8_5uPfGXjA

Do you like Annie’s style in Bridesmaids? Stay tuned on Wednesday for the style review of Helen. Will she beat out Annie with her expensive wardrobe? We will soon find out!

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Pretty Woman, walking down the street. Part 2.

Pretty woman has become an all-time classic love story. From Viviane’s laugh to Edward’s shy smile and salt and pepper hair, the movie has it all even 23 years later. Viviane’s style transitions drastically throughout the movie, starting off as a woman of the night, and ending up as a sophisticated lady.

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Viviane just had her crazy shopping spree and is strutting down the street with so much confidence. People can’t keep their eyes off of her and it’s obvious why. Look at that outfit! The gloves may be a bit much but she is definitely making it work.

The main attraction: Nothing says sophistication like the simple combination of black and white (and Miss Chanel would definitely agree with me on that one).

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This was actually one of my favorite looks of the movie. This  type of look is perfect for any “fancy” not-too-formal daytime event.

The main attraction: The cut of the dress is one of my favorite styles on most women. It sinches at the waist with the belt and hides most problem areas. Also, who can say no to a good old polka dot dress. It’s timeless and adorable all at once!

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This scene is probably one of the most timeless in cinema. Her laugh is genuine and contagious and she looks absolutely stunning in this red gown and white glove ensemble.

The main attraction: You usually see red lips worn with a black attire or something a bit more toned down, however not in this scene. I love that she chose to do a red poppy lip with her vibrant red dress. It makes a statement and definitely catches your eye.

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This isn’t the same Viviane we were introduced to in the beginning of the movie. She oozes class and sophistication in this scene with her 2 piece shorts-pant suit and white silk shirt.

The main attraction: As opposed to some of the other looks of the movie, this outfit is a tad outdated. However it’s not so much the style that attracted me, but the color. Salmon pink is known to be the most universally flattering color. It suits all hair colors (good example is Viviane’s red vibrant hair) and skin tones.

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Alas, all good things must come to an end. Viv decided to end things on a high note with her very modern black blazer/white t-shirt combo. A look that’ll stay stylish for a very long time.

The main attraction: A black blazer is the most solid investment you can make for your wardrobe. You can dress it up as well as down and the same cut can be wearable for several years (I bought my black blazer from Zara in 2009 and it is still good today!).

If Viviane taught us anything it is no matter what beautiful pieces of clothing you wear, the most important accessory you can have is your smile. Hers won over everyone’s heart (including Edwards) and it’s never too late to add  yours to any one of your outfits!