AJ Wears :: A Pajama Suit

I’ve always loved a suit.

The history of the suit goes back to the late 600’s when King Charles II demanded all men wear waistcoats, trousers, and ties, which eventually evolved into the modern suit for men. By the 1870’s, Sarah Bernhardt raised eyebrows in Paris by wearing what she called “boy’s clothes,” a custom-made trouser suit that blurred the traditional gender roles.

In the 1900’s, women’s suits began to evolve into what we know them as today - from the ankle-length white suits the suffragettes wore to march in, to the fur-trimmed jacket Coco Chanel designed in 1914. The 80’s brought around the colorful power suit, with bold shoulder pads and matching belts. In 1990, Madonna wore a black suit over exposed lingerie in the Vogue music video. The suit has had a long history of being constantly reinvented over the years, while still maintaining its classic appeal.

When I think about suits on women, a few names come to mind. Katharine Hepburn. Hillary Clinton. Judy Garland. Ellen DeGeneres. In recent years, celebrities, designers, and bloggers have rekindled the suit’s excitement with bold patterns, interesting cuts, and cool colors (shirt not required, obvs).

Insert some “trickle down” story in Miranda Priestly’s voice about how I got here, wearing this suit that looks like pajamas.

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Suit, ASOS (similar from Topshop // mine is old, but I just ordered some more cute ones from Asos!)
Top, Everlane.
Heels, Manolo Blahnik (exact // similar for less)
Bag, Gucci. (similar from Macy’s)

AJ Wears :: A Polka Dot Dress

Guys, I’m into dresses again. I went through a pretty heavy pants phase recently but lately I’ve been in a grab-and-go kind of mood and this dress definitely fits the bill. In fact, I wore it at least two or three times in July when I first got it. I don’t know what it is about a magical cloth tube that makes you automatically look like you have your life together, but here we are.

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Dress, ShoeDazzle (pretty sure I bought the last one but here’s a cute one from Asos).
Shoes, Everlane.
Necklace, Baublebar.

I’d love to say that this dress is versatile, but to be honest…it’s pretty rinse, wear, repeat. I try to vary it a little with my accessories but for the most part, it looks exactly the same every day. So, I try to not wear it every day. TRY.

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AJ Wears :: Floral Shorts

Behold, the compliment shorts. No matter where I wear these things, someone stops me to compliment them. I'm not sure why I wear anything else.

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Funny story about these shorts, though. They were almost the shorts that weren't. I had to make an exchange with Trunk Club and told my stylist she could toss some other stuff in there for me to check out. It was a particularly busy week so I didn't really get to do a full try-on and blog post, but the morning I was boxing everything up I picked up this bag and said, "Oh, this is a cute print. Are those shorts?" Mr. AJ and I are literally about to walk out the door and I ran to the bedroom to try these on. He was watching me try to shimmy into these shorts saying, "You're never gonna get those on." Which only made me shimmy harder because DARNIT I KNEW THEY'D FIT.

They just needed a little coercion. I was in a hurry, after all, and elastic is a stubborn beast. I took one look in the mirror and said, "Okay, those are cute," before tossing them aside and taking the rest of the trunk down to be picked up. 

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Long story longer, they fit, this was a great impulse buy, and I've worn them almost once a week since. They're not super expensive and look way cuter in person than on the website, so I'd give them a try if they have your size (these are the large and I'm a fairly solid 8/10 these days).

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Shorts, J.O.A via Trunk Club (exact).
Tee, Everlane.
Shoes, Sole Society (similar from Asos).
Bag, Coach (Edie Style: exact style from this season // second hand // similar for less)