AJ Wears :: A Plaid Suit

Happy Friday! This truly has been the summer of suits - especially this one. I love how easy the pants and jacket are to mix and match with other things; you might remember both pieces from my trip to San Diego.

If you’re normally a t-shirt and jeans kind of person, a suit may have some unintended side effects, such as duping your coworkers into thinking you have a super important interview somewhere fancy. Keep them on their toes by dressing for the job you really want - Diane Keaton.

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Suit, Asos (pants // jacket).

Tank, Madewell (exact).

Heels, Christian Louboutin (exact // similar for less).

Bag, Anine Bing (exact // similar for less).


AJ Wears :: A Short Suit

It does not matter how much I plan, I cannot get my blog photos together for some reason. A few weeks ago, I planned a big blog photo day, only to realize I didn’t have the plate to connect my camera to my tripod. Another time, I couldn’t find the remote. And yesterday, I pulled out a fully exhausted battery, despite having taken no photos (my backup batteries must have been in another purse, of course).

The good news is, the iPhone XS takes some pretty dang good photos, I always have a little phone tripod in my car, and the Apple Watch lets you preview and take photos on your wrist! My entire life is a backup plan. So if you’re ever sitting there thinking, “Hmm, the quality of this blog seems to be suffering,” it’s definitely that, and not my eternal laziness.

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Suit, c/o SheIn (exact - 15% off with code Q1ajwears15!).
Top, Express (exact, on sale!).
Shoes, Amazon (exact - these are SO comfy!).

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)