New Pant Suit

It’s around this time of year that I write my Spring Style Inspiration blog post. Usually, the long winter has me day dreaming about gauzy linens and modern pale pastels. This year is different. This year, all I can think about are pantsuits.

A few days prior to election day I went secondhand shopping for a pantsuit. I wanted to wear one on election day in solidarity with other progressive women. Unfortunately, everything I found was just. not. me. Following election day there were more important things to worry about than a lack of pantsuit options.

For weeks after the election, I was in a fog. It’s still hard to believe what happened. Fortunately, the fog has started to lift. I want to get on with living, loving, working, and laughing. This next stage calls for a new modern pantsuit. I want to feel comfortable, strong, and stylish. I want my feet firmly planted on the ground. I don’t want anything binding or pinching me.

I live by the mantra “secondhand first” so the first thing I did was return to the thrift stores in search of a vintage suit. I got lucky and found a decent basic black suit from the ’90s with the tags still attached. The suit is at the cleaners now. I am having the pants hemmed short.

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I’ll wear my black suit with oxfords or loafers. I’m eyeing these Bass loafers with crepe soles. I like wearing a loafer with no socks. One less thing to think about.

In addition to my basic black suit, I’d also like a statement suit. Something that is almost too loud for me. Something that forces me to be present. I like seeing creative women strut their stuff in a statement suit.

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Jill Soloway, St. Vincent, Annie Lennox, Beyonce

It’s not like me to buy something new but drastic times call for drastic measures. I bought this gingham suit [below] from Banana Republic. I hope it fits! Instead of wearing orange-red high heels like the blogger [below], I’ll wear orange-red lipstick for a pop of color.

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via Art in The Find

It’s good, right!?

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via Honey in My Heels

I will continue to keep my eyes peeled for new pantsuit options for women. Follow my New Pant Suit Pinterest board for updates.

 

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Coltrane / Zara Pink Suit / Floral Suit from Top Shop / Beige Suit

 

Keep hope alive!
xo jam

UPDATE: I got the Banana Republic gingham suit in the mail. It is awesome. If you like the look you should check it out. The fit was off for me and so I did return it. If I was in a store I would have tried the next size down (in the jacket). The pants fit me but are mid-rise which just makes me feel like I want to pull up my pants all the time. I have a longish torso so when I wear pants like this my blouse always is coming free and I have to keep tucking it back in. I’d rather just get higher waisted pants. I tweeted Everlane a while back. I bought a pair of pants from them that I really like. I’d love a suit jacket to go with them. In the meantime, I’ll wear my secondhand suit and cross my fingers that Everlane comes out with a blazer for women.

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Worn Wear Coming to UNH!

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Mark your calendars  → Worn Wear is coming to the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday, March 21st. Don’t know what Worn Wear is? Watch this video.

I’ve copied the itinerary from the Facebook event page and pasted it below. I can’t attend the events during the day but I plan to attend the panel discussion in the evening. You should come too!

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Free repairs of used gear by Patagonia’s Worn Wear Team, plus trivia and prizes from Klean Kanteen, recycled fleece demonstration by Re-Fleece, free drinks from Guayaki, upcycling workshops with student groups, bike repairs, smartphone and iPad repairs, etc.

Click here to register.
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Better than New: Patagonia’s Journey Toward Responsibility
Keynote Address by Vincent Stanley (30-45 Minutes)
Director of Philosophy, Patagonia
5pm – 6:30pm
Granite State Room, MUB

Vincent Stanley will tell the story of Patagonia’s early support for environmental activism and its journey towards progressively more responsible environmental and social practices. He’ll explore key turning points in the company’s 40-year history—and lessons learned from them. He’ll also define some of the challenges Patagonia—and all businesses—will face over the working life of the next generation.

Panel (45 minutes) – followed by a reception for students and participants to meet the speakers
A Dialogue on Business as Agents of Change

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has a vision for the apparel, footwear, and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. Members are fueled by a shared commitment to deep transparency, deep collaboration, and improvement. Industry players of all sizes—from multi-billion-dollar apparel holding companies to niche fashion brands grow and improve by sharing best practices and pooling collective knowledge.

In this panel, New England members of the SAC will engage in a frank dialog about the opportunities – and very real challenges – of the next frontier of sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. Learn how leading companies are already making innovative strides towards reducing their footprint on the earth, but also hear about the game-changing potential for SAC members to do much more to transform the industry from the ground up.

Moderator: Fiona Wilson, Executive Director, UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise/Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Panelists:
Betsy Blaisdell, VP of Product, SAC
Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER
Stewart Sheppard, Gore-tex Sustainability
Colleen Vien, Vice President, Sustainability, Timberland

 

 

Vintage Hexagon Sunglasses

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John Currin Painting of Rachel Feinstein / Screen still of HBO Girls Season 6 Episode 1

Did you see the latest episode of HBO Girls? Hannah wore a pair of hexagon sunglasses that reminded me of that cool portrait painting of Rachel Feinstein by John Currin. I’m thinking a pair of vintage hexagon sunglasses might be a fun addition to my spring/summer wardrobe. Check out this perfect pair on Etsy.

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$105 via Loni Brands on Etsy

To view more pairs click here.