Closet Remix: Lady Lawyer

Hello friends!

It’s been a little over two months since I retired my business suits.  I even moved them into our office closet!  My bedroom closet {let’s be real, it’s not “ours”} is now filled with bright colors, patterns, and casual{ish} pieces that make me happy.  And I’m slowly but surely finding my new non-lady lawyer style, thanks in large part to Instagram style challenges.

I’ve had a few kind women mention that they miss seeing my work posts on Instagram, so I thought I’d share a few remixes with my favorite suits.  J.Crew suiting was the backbone of my professional wardrobe, especially the super 120s wool.  But I must note that the pricing has skyrocketed since I first started buying suits, while the quality has declined.  {Read more about this here.}  That said, J.Crew is offering 30% off through April 26th with the code “TIMETOSHOP,” so if you’re in the market for suiting, this is the time to stock up!

Personally, I’m not a fan of pants suits.  I’ve tried a few different styles and they just don’t work for me.  And after spending many hours in court watching fellow lady lawyers stand and argue, I’ve come to the conclusion that pants suits don’t work for a lot of women.  My two cents: if you want to rock a pants suit, you must get them tailored.  And be sure to look at your pants from all angles {take a selfie if you can’t get to a three way mirror!}.  Unstructured wool can be very unkind to even the most fabulous derriere. 😉

I prefer to buy three piece suits: dress, jacket, and pencil skirt.  I like having options, and this combo is fantastic for business travel.  I’m wearing the Emmaleigh and Bridget dresses in the pictures below, which are sadly no longer available, but I’m swooning over this bow-shoulder dress.  J.Crew Factory also has great suiting options at more affordable prices, including a dead-ringer for my beloved Emmaleigh dress (1, 23). Both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory sell pinstripe options as well (1, 2, 3, 4).

I’ve shared a few different ways I styled my suits in the past: hope you enjoy!  {Need more inspiration?  Click here.}  Since all of my suiting is neutral, I add a pop of color or a fun pattern in my shoes or tops {and lipstick, of course}, and almost always wear tights to combat courtroom air conditioning.  And even though I’m no longer wearing them on a regular basis, I’m still dreaming about that perfectly tailored red suit…

Thank you very much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Limited Bow Top Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Emmaleigh dress + 1035 two-button jacket in black
The Limited Pintuck Bow Blouse
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels {buy other colors}

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool Tie-Neck Bow Top Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh Heels

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in light heather gray
J.Crew tie-neck silk top
Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump in green

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s pinstripe wool Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh heels silk blend scarf

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in charcoal pinstripe
J.Crew refined silk-cashmere wrap in blush {buy}
Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump in blush
Kate Spade New York Litchfield Joelle leather tote

J.Crew Bridget Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Beaded necklace Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Bridget Dress + Sidney jacket {similar} in heather flannel
J.Crew beaded necklace + quilted bag
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Three Button Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s pinstripe wool Silk Boy Shirt French Hen Mona patent leather nude heels

J.Crew three button jacket + pencil skirt in navy pinstripe
J.Crew silk boy shirt in French Hen {similar}
J.Crew Mona patent pumps in warm bisque {similarish}
Kate Spade New York Harrison Street Adelle bag in sunshine

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Pearl Necklace KJP Kiel James Patrick Scarlett O’Hara Vickers Bow bracelet Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in black
Pearl necklace {gift from my dad}
Kate Spade New York double bow studs {similar}
Kiel James Patrick Scarlett O’Hara Vickers Bow bracelet {buy}
J.Crew Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps {similar}

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Double Stripe Dress Shirt Oroblu Tricot Sable Fishnet Tights Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in navy
Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Double Stripe Dress Shirt {similar, on sale!}
Oroblu Tricot Sable Fishnet Tights {on sale!}
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels
J.Crew bag

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool printed heart blouse Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in black
J.Crew Factory printed shirt {love this one!}
J.Crew Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps
Chanel earrings

J.Crew Bridget Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Tailored Fit Thin Stripe Dress Shirt Factory dot tights Ivanka Trump Janna Mary Jane Pump Kate Spade Shoulder Bag

J.Crew Bridget Dress + Sidney jacket in heather flannel
Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Tailored Fit Thin Stripe Dress Shirt {similar}
J.Crew Factory polka-dot tights
Ivanka Trump Janna Mary Jane Pump
Kate Spade New York bag

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool cashmere turtleneck sweater Kate Spade NY Hudson Street leopard calf half bag Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in black
J.Crew collection cashmere turtleneck sweater in pine {buy}
Kate Spade New York Hudson Street leopard calf half bag {similar}
Kate Spade NY Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights
Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump {buy}

J.Crew Three Button Jacket Emmaleigh dress Super 120s pinstripe wool backseam tights opera length pearl necklace Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump

J.Crew 1035 three-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in navy pinstripe
J.Crew opera length pearl necklace {buy}
Nordstrom Sheer Back Seam Stockings {similar}
Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump {buy}

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So January happened

Wow, I really hoped to post more than once a month in 2013!  I will do my best to make March a better month than February.

That said, here’s January in a nutshell.  More catch up.  More outfits.  Lots of color.  Lots of work.  Not much else to report!

xoxo,

01.01.13 Tues 1J.Crew cashmere tee dress (old) – buy // J.Crew factory anya cap toe ballet flats // Kate Spade skinny mini long bow necklace – buy // Windsor burgundy high-waisted liquid legging – buy
01.01.13 tues 2Christian Louboutin Love Me pump
01.01.13 tues 3
01.03.12 thursJ.Crew heather jungle collection cashmere boyfriend cardigan – buy // Banana Republic short-sleeve plaid dress // Bauble Bar monogram necklace // J.Crew Everly suede pump in deep violet – buy
01.04.13 FriJ.Crew black 1035 jacket in Super 120s – buy // Old Navy men’s oxford shirt – buy // J.Crew Everly cap toe glitter pump in peacock feather – buy
01.07 mon 1Old Navy hirise flare jeans // J.Crew v-neck sweater // Express turtleneck (viejo) // Chanel earrings // Katniss hair
01.08.13 TuesJ.Crew factory professor blazer in camel – buy // J.Crew French hen sweater // J.Crew perfect shirt in leopard // J.Crew black pencil skirt in Super 120s – buy // J.Crew Mona colorblock pumps // J.Crew opaque tights
01.09.13 wedsJ.Crew Talitha blouse in vintage berry // J.Crew tights // J.Crew navy Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s – buy  // J.Crew black Everly suede pumps – buy // J.Crew collection cashmere crewneck cardigan – buy  // Kate Spade say yes “mrs” necklace – buy // Kate Spade Parisian lights Eiffel tower earrings
01.10.13 thursJ.Crew factory classic sweater dress in fiesta purple – buy // J.Crew chunky cable knit tights // Kelsi Dagger suede platform pumps // wide cashmere wrap in vintage kelly – buy
01.11 fri 1J.Crew collection cashmere turtleneck sweater in pine – buy // J.Crew high-waisted skinny jean in Adore Me wash // J.Crew Jacquard dot popover (old) – similar // J.Crew Factory patent bow flats // J.Crew camel coat – similar // Old Navy mini messenger bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses
01.12 satJ.Crew neon fuchsia cashmere tee dress – buy // J.Crew tights // Bronx boots // J.Crew cashmere wrap (old) — similar // Kristen Blake peacoat — similarish // J.Crew calf hair gloves // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
01.14 monJ.Crew tissue turtleneck tee, classic merino long cardigan (buy), wide cashmere wrap (buy) in vintage kelly // J.Crew ankle stretch toothpick jeans in sea blue // Enzo Angiolini pink patent Cimino pumps – buy // J.Crew Tartine tote in blossom black – buy (the perfect work bag)
01.15 tuesJ.Crew sleeveless shift dress in stretch wool (buy) and opaque tights in dark grape // J.Crew black two-button jacket in Super 120s — similar // t+j designs luxe brooch pendant necklace // Nine West peep-toe booties
01.16 weds 1J.Crew fuchsia navy collection cashmere polka-dot sweater – buy (on sale!) // J.Crew navy pencil skirt in Super 120s – buy // Banana Republic tailored non-iron sateen shirt – buy // J.Crew Mona patent pumps

01.16 weds 2

Old Navy hirise flare jeans // Nike Dunk Sky Hi wedge sneaker – similar

01.16 weds 3

01.17 thurs

J.Crew schoolboy blazer in houndstooth – similar (on sale!) // J.Crew Factory artist boatneck tee //  J.Crew high-waisted skinny jean in Adore Me wash // Pour la Victoire wedge pumps – Cashmere scarf (can’t remember where it came from!) // t+j Designs luxe pave bow ring – buy

01.18 fri 1

Gap bootcut jeans – similar // J.Crew Tippi sweater in stripe // J.Crew favorite tank – buy // J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace – buy // J.Crew Joley tortoise peep toes

01.18 fri 2

J.Crew stripe popover sweatshirt // J.Crew favorite tank – buy // J.Crew Factory destroyed vintage matchstick jeans – similar> // Christian Louboutin pigalle spikes – buy // t+j Designs delicate link metal necklace (c/o)

01.21 mon

J.Crew Trudy peacoat // Brooks Brothers non-iron tailored fit shirt – buy // J.Crew jeweled sweater // Old Navy white hirise flare jeans // J.Crew bluebird Martina suede wedges – buy // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // J.Crew tartine tote in blossom black – buy

01.22 tues

J.Crew navy three-button jacket (similar) & Emmaleigh dress (buy) in pinstripe super 120s – // The Limited pintuck bow blouse // J.Crew Factory polka-dot tights // Cole Haan pumps

01.23 weds

J.Crew Factory classic blazer & pencil skirt in black watch plaid // J.Crew Victoria ruffle shirt // Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy // Kate Spade Parisian lights Eiffel tower earrings // J.Crew opaque tights (I think?)

01.24 thurs

J.Crew sequin bow cardigan // J.Crew black pencil skirt in Super 120s – buy // J.Crew byzantine blue Blythe silk blouse – buy // Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy // t+j Designs crystal bow earrings // t+j Designs luxe pave bow ring – buy

01.25 fri

J.Crew factory banded shift dress in viridian green- buy (on sale!) // J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace – buy // J.Crew tights // Zara leather high heel ankle boot

01.26 sat

J.Crew bow coat in vibrant fuchsia // Gap ultra skinny pants – buy // Old Navy long jersey-linen tee in black stripe // Ivanka Trump pony leopard Pinkish platform pump

01.27 sun

J.Crew sweater dress // Brooks Brothers three-quarter gingham shirt with stripes // J.Crew opaque tights // J.Crew factory anya cap toe ballet flats // Chanel earrings

01.28 mon

J.Crew charcoal gray 1035 jacket and keynote dress in Super 120s // Banana Republic snakeskin platform pumps (old) // J.Crew backseam tights // Chanel earrings // Tiffany bow pendant – buy

01.29 tues

J.Crew gray collection cashmere polka-dot sweater // J.Crew black peacoat (old) // Old Navy men’s oxford shirt – buy // American Eagle leggings // Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat – buy // t+j Designs silver crystal heart studs – buy

01.30 weds

J.Crew neon fuchsia classic merino long cardigan – buy // J.Crew sunshine peonies perfect shirt in blossom // J.Crew corduroy skirt // Kate Spade gold sparkle fishnet tights // Paolo bow pumps

01.31 thurs

J.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket – buy and pencil skirt – buy // Gap turtleneck sweater // Banana Republic necklace // J.Crew super opaque black tights // J.Crew bluebird Martina suede wedges – buy // J.Crew high-waisted skinny jean in Adore Me wash

Long December

Is the song now in your head?  Ah the 90s.

Here’s a whirlwind tour through December.  January was a crazy month and this weekend I’m playing catch up.  I’m mainly posting this because I’m stubborn and I told myself I would.  I won’t be upset at all if you skim quickly!   If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen most of this already.    Except there are some lovely shots by my lovely husband… now you just might have to check out the whole thing.  Muahaha.

Thanks for sticking around.  I’ve missed you guys.  🙂

xoxo,

* Tokyo *12.09 SatJ.Crew Factory warmspun stripepocket dress // K. Bell Socks fleece lined legging – buy // Zara leather high heel ankle boot // Niemen Marcus Amicale cashmere wrap
12.10 MonJ.Crew factory professor blazer in heather graphite – buy // J.Crew navy large dot tights // J.Crew Oxford boy shirt in polka dot // J.Crew black Emmaleigh dress in Super 120s – buy // J.Crew Everly suede pumps – buy //
12.11 tuesFactory intarsia Charley bow sweater // J.Crew Factory polka-dot tights // Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pumps  // J.Crew in-box pencil skirt in super 120s // J.Crew Blythe silk blouse – buy
12.11 birthday girl
12.12 WedsJ.Crew factory classic blazer in black watch plaid // Kate Spade gold dot tights (sort of an epic fail) // J.Crew Emmaleigh dress (again) // J.Crew Everly suede pumps (again) // J.Crew merino turtleneck sweater // J.Crew bubble necklace – buy
12.13 Thurs J.Crew striped turtleneck tissue tee // J.Crew factory classic sweater dress in fiesta purple – buy // K. Bell Socks charcaol fleece lined legging – buy // Zara leather high heel ankle boot // t+j designs silver crystal heart studs – buy
Japan 1Japan 2Japan 4Japan 3Japan 5
* home sweet home *12.14.12 FridayJ.Crew gray turtleneck sweater dress // Kamik houndstooth rain boots // Calvin Klein hooded raincoat – buy // t+j designs earrings
12.17 MonJ.Crew jacket, dress, belt, & wide cashmere wrap – buy // J.Crew factory earrings – Kate Spade wedge pump
12.18 TuesJ.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket – buy and pencil skirt – buy // J.Crew sparkle ribbed tights // J.Crew Mona leather pumps – buy // Chanel earrings // J.Crew Blythe silk blouse – buy
12.20 Thurs pho12.20 ThursJ.Crew navy three-button jacket and Emmaleigh dress – buy in pinstripe super 120s // Brooks Brothers non-iron tailored fit shirt – buy // Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pumps  // J.Crew black super opaque tights12.21 friJ.Crew factory classic button up shirt in extravagant green gingham – buy // Gap black always skinny pant // J.Crew spindrift sweatshirt in light emerald // Hunter Champray wedge rain boot // Kate Spade Parisian lights Eiffel tower earrings // t+j Designs luxe pave bow ring – buy 12.23 sunJ.Crew celestial blue cashmere tee dress – buy // J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace – buy // Kate Spade Garance Dore Georgie clutch // J.Crew wool argyle knee-high socks // Hunter Champray wedge rain boot IMG_1589IMG_1755IMG_1800J.Crew black peacoat // J.Crew wide cashmere wrap and hat – buy in vintage kelly // K. Bell charcoal fleece lined legging – buy // Kamik houndstooth rain boots // J.Crew cashmere // Forever 21 tunic sweater (ancient) // J.Crew argyle knee-high socksIMG_154312.27 thurs J.Crew Factory patent bow flats // J.Crew factory navy boatneck sweater dress // J.Crew navy excursion quilted vest  // J.Crew handbag // J.Crew factory white chambray tunic // Bauble Bar monogram necklace // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // Chanel earrings // J.Crew collection twisted triple-strand pearl bracelet – buy
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* road trip *12.29 satJ.Crew factory anya cap toe ballet flats – buy // J.Crew charcoal opaque tights // Old Navy striped cowl-neck sweater dress12.30 sunJ.Crew factory printed draped shift dress – buy // J.Crew black opaque tights // J.Crew solid opaque tights – buy // J.Crew factory retro lemon tissue scarf // J.Crew Everly suede pump in deep violet12.31 mon 1 J.Crew celestial blue cashmere tee dress – buy // J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace – buy // J.Crew wool-blend ribbed tights // Banana Republic classic trench in winter storm – buy // Bronx boots // Kate Spade bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses12.31 mon 2

Instagram Roundup

Great balls of fire I just cannot believe it’s December again!  This year has absolutely flown by.  Less than a week until my birthday too… totally not prepared for that.  I’ll be in Tokyo this year, which makes two international birthdays in the last 4 years (we went to Jamaica for my 30th).  Time marches on.  Anyhoo, on to the outfits.  It rained almost every day for the past week so get ready for tights, patent leather, and rain boots.

1 Weds

*Wednesday*
<J.Crew factory professor blazer in heather graphite – buy> <J.Crew dream turtleneck sweater (old) – buy> <J.Crew factory pencil skirt in black watch plaid – buy> <J.Crew gray tights – similar> <Cole Haan pumps>

2 Thurs

*Thursday*
<J.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket – buy and pencil skirt – buy> <Brooks Brothers non-iron striped shirt – similar> <J.Crew polka dot tights> <Vince Camuto Kain pumps – buy>

3 Thurs night<Calvin Klein hooded raincoat – buy> <Hunter Champray wedge rain boot – buy> <Coach bag (old> <K. Bell Socks fleece lined legging – buy>

4 Friday*Friday*
<<J.Crew gray 1035 jacket and Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe Super 120s> <J.Crew perfect-fit long-sleeve tee (old) – seen // buy> <J.Crew black super opaque tights – buy> <J.Crew necklace> <Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy> <t+j Designs crystal bow stud earrings  (c/o) – buy>

5 Sat*Saturday*
<J.Crew Trudy peacoat> <J.Crew Jacquard dot popover (old) – buy> <J.Crew factory French Dove tee> <J.Crew ankle stretch toothpick jeans in sea blue –similar> <Hunter Champray wedge rain boot – buy>

6 Sat

After running around in the rain for a bit, husband and I settled in at home with one of our favorite holiday movies.

7 Sat

And on Sunday I was feeling a bit domestic.

8 Sun

<Williams-Sonoma meyer lemon cupcake mix – buy>

9 Sun

So.  Good.

10 Mon

*Monday*
<J.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket – buy> <Halogen dress> <J.Crew Merino turtleneck sweater (old) – buy> <J.Crew solid opaque tights – buy> <J.Crew Mona leather pumps – buy> <J.Crew factory earrings> <Bauble Bar monogram necklace – buy>

11 Tues

*Tuesday*
<J.Crew fair isle turtleneck sweater (old) – similar> <Brooks Brothers non-iron tailored fit shirt – buy> <J.Crew high-waisted skinny jean in Adore Me wash – buy> <J.Crew Mona patent pumps> <t+j Designs luxe pave bow ring – buy>

12 Tues

And finally, here’s a gratuitous picture from last night’s dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

13 Tues

Hope y’all had a great week!  I’ll try to post a bit more often instead of these big ole photo dumps… but since I’m going to Japan on Saturday, I make no promises. 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!  Stay dry out there. 😉

xoxo,

She’s gone plaid!

<J.Crew factory classic blazer in black watch plaid – buy> <J.Crew black in-box pencil skirt in super 120s> <Brooks Brothers double stripe non-iron shirt – similar> <J.Crew sheer back-seam tights (old)> <Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy>

I realize that the two things I’m trying to capture in the weird backwards picture (above, bottom right corner) are not really showing: the awesome in-box pleat of this skirt and the back seams on the tights.  Oh well, I tried!  🙂  I bought a ton of these tights when they were at J.Crew (I think two years ago?) and they are just now coming to the end of their elasticity.  So when I snagged the toe box this morning, I wasn’t too heartbroken… but, J.Crew, please bring them back!

Happy Monday, y’all!  Count down to turkey….

xoxo,

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Quick update – I threw on some jeans when I got home for dinner with husband.
<J.Crew Factory destroyed vintage matchstick jeans – similar>

Gigantic dots

<J.Crew black 1035 jacket and Gallerist dress in Super 120s> <J.Crew Blythe silk blouse – buy> <Kate Spade gigantic swiss dot tights – buy> <Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy>

I am obsessed with Kate Spade tights right now!  So many cute options, although I wish they were a bit cheaper.  And I realized that I haven’t worn this dress in ages, although it’s one of my favorite suiting dresses.  I love the vest top and the pockets (of course).

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Acorns and Leaves

<J.Crew black Jackie cardigan – buy> <J.Crew Factory Leigh dress – buy> <J.Crew charcoal zee-zee tights> <Stuart Weitzman Platswoon pump – buy> <Chanel earrings> <t+j Designs (buy – on sale!) & J.Crew bracelets>

I love these two bracelets together – what says fall more than acorns, squirrels, and leaves?  Okay, I guess pumpkins, but this is a bit subtler.  🙂

Hope y’all had a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxo,