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 Scarf Dress

While scarves were originally invented for function - warmth, mainly - the scarf’s evolution into the silky, printed variety passed beyond function and exists for one purpose only: fashion. Beethoven was one of the first recorded fashionistas to wear a pointless scarf, adding one to his outfit way back in 1810 to try and woo a lady. In 1937, Hermès strayed from their traditional horse garb to create the first true luxury scarf (which, FYI, are made from 250 moth cocoons, which I think is rad).

In 2018, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Versace all took an interest in the silk scarf and showed elaborate outfits composed of head-to-toe silk patterns. And as we learned from Miranda Priestly, it trickled down through department stores and eventually to the online retailers like SheIn where I could finally experiment with the look without the Hermès tag commitment.

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Dress, c/o SheIn (exact // extra 15% off with code Q1ajwears15!)
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (exact // similar for less)
Coat, Coach (similar from Asos)

AJ Wears :: Socks with Heels

When I go in on something, you guys know I go ALL IN, right? I couldn’t buy just one pair of fancy socks to try the socks and heels thing. I had to order 10 different pairs from Amazon so we could do a trial and error run before finding the perfect combination. This was simply the first effort.

Mr. AJ didn’t get it and made fun of me (standard). The guy at the coffee shop said he was digging the look. A couple of people work called them “cute”. I think next time I’ll try an open toe heel or a pair of slides, but I love the idea of cutesy socks with fancy shoes! It’s not like they’re actually keeping our feet warm or anything, but I’m pretending that socks + non-sock shoes is like winterizing them.

What I’m saying is, stay tuned for more socks outfits…whether you like it or not.

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Side note: I can see people posing for photos all the time on this parking deck from my house, and I like to spy on them with binoculars. Now I’m the one casually posing during my lunch hour like a doofus, but I’m not up there to make fun of myself.

I would have definitely made fun of me during the next photo.

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So casual. So normal. I am actually laughing at myself since it was just me and a self-timer, but I don’t know at what. The wind? The fact that I can’t put on a coat properly? Because I feel like an idiot? Likely all of the above.

Coat, Banana Republic (similar from ASOS).
Top, Express (exact camisole).
Skirt, The Limited (similar from SheIn).
Socks, Forever 21 (exact).
Heels, ShoeDazzle (similar from Forever 21).
Bag, Alexander Wang.