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 Beret, Kind of

A couple of things.

A) I struggled with this beret. I was thinking, “Oh, I’m so cool, look at me with my quelle femme féroce vibe in my little hat.” And then when I saw the photos, it looked all wrong, propped up on the back of my head like a marshmallow floating in cocoa. Later observation of some far cooler girls on Pinterest led me to realize that it’s supposed to go closer to my forehead. You know, like a hat.

B) I also feel the need to confess that I never wore this jacket. I took it with me when I left the house, thinking perhaps it was colder than it was. But when I tried to put it on for the photos, I was thwarted by tiny arm holes fighting against my sweater sleeves. So here I am, draping it casually over my shoulders in the ultimate blogger power move. The color looked good with the outfit in photos and what is blogging if not a big fat lie? I could make a career out of Photoshopping trees out of the back of pictures and making my arms look a little thinner (JUST FOR ME, OKAY??). Victoria’s Secret catalog, call me.

3. Remember that time I tweeted about walking my dog with a purse strap? This is that purse, and that is why there is no shoulder strap on this purse. We couldn’t find Zoey’s leash so I grabbed this as a substitute. It never found its way back to the purse. C’est la vie.

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Sweater, Asos (similar from Charlotte Russe).
Skirt, c/o SheIn (exact // 15% extra off with code Q1AJWears15!)
Pointless Coat, Banana Republic (similar from Boohoo).
Useless Hat, SheIn (exact).
Loafers, Gucci (exact // similar from Walmart).
Bag, Coach Swagger 27 in Gold (Poshmark // similar from Zulily).

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)