#OOTD – Dressing Up a Classic Pant Suit With a Pussy Bow Blouse

31st May

Pant suit with pussy bow top

Are you part of the pant suit revival? This is one of my favorite work outfits: a grey suit with a few feminizing touches.

Pant suits have been very much on trend since the last New York Fashion Week. With the U.S. presidential elections and potential of a female president here, the pant suit has also made a feminist/POLITICAL statement as of late.

Silk pussy bow top with grey suit

I have to admit that when I wear a suit, I get this feeling of being a little more professional, polished, and powerful. And studies have shown that the way we dress actually affects our job performance. So, why not wear whatever gives you a little more oomph?

Close up of Pant suit with pussy bow top

I admired many of the suits I saw during NYFW. What fashionista wouldn’t adore a floral-on-quasi-gingham print (below)? I also love the very on-point cropped pant suit. In my pear-shaped case, however, a full-length pant is generally more flattering.

Pant suits at NYFW

When you work in a courthouse, as I occasionally do, a simple grey pant suit is perfect. That is, especially since I am trying to get away from wearing mostly black to work.

There is a trick, however, to keeping a grey suit from getting boring. My first line of defense in preventing any association with the B word, is this fiery red silk blouse with a pussy bow.

Pussy bow sleeveless top with pant suit

It makes for comfortable walking around at lunchtime on a warm, sunny day in California. And it nicely transitions the look from work-appropriate to something for date night with Mark.

Another important element of the work outfit? These subtle accessories: my black Furla tote, oversized Prada sunnies, and a pair of large hoop earrings. The Flying Lizard hoops, by the way, are locally made in Santa Cruz. I love their somewhat large size, and yet, they aren’t heavy.

Flying Lizard hoop earrings

One of my favorite aspects of this outfit is the mix of masculine and feminine elements. Of course, being able to use something from my closet archives also rates pretty highly in my book. All it took was a little styling to keep the look current.

I hope you like this work #OOTD. Do you wear pant suits, and if so, what are some of your styling tips for keeping them interesting?

Pants suit, pussy bow outfit

I wore: Milly silk blouse / Ann Klein suit / Joan and David peep-toe pumps / Flying Lizard earrings / Tissot watch / Furla bag / Balenciaga sunglasses

xo, janea

30 COMMENTS

30 responses to “#OOTD – Dressing Up a Classic Pant Suit With a Pussy Bow Blouse”

  1. Nina says:

    I love this outfit. The silk blouse looks perfect on you.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  2. Fashionflurry4 says:

    Love incorporating the color red into a business suit – definitely a boost of power!
    http://www.fashionflurry4.com

  3. Paola Lauretano says:

    I’m totally obsessed with women in suits, I really love your outfit and the red blouse is the perfect touch of color!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

  4. Gemma says:

    Absolutely love this outfit! The Pussy Bow Blue in red really suits you!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  5. Monica Sors says:

    Such a lovely outfit!! It’s so elegant and looks good on you!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CALI DAYS: ZARA ROMPER & VINTAGE LEVI’S

  6. Eleni says:

    Love the look, you’re beautiful! This is such a great formal outfit, for work and not only. Love how there are a couple of touches that make it super feminine (like the roses on the jacket and the top as well).
    http://www.rougenapples.co

  7. Ashley says:

    So chic, lady- and I love the pretty pop of color with this! Gorgeous!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Gabrielle says:

    I’ve always adored pussybow blouses, though never thought to wear a red version before – what a lovely idea, it’s SO gorgeous!!

    aglassofice.com
    x

  9. Anouk says:

    Perfect outfit for the office!

    ANOUK

  10. Amy Arnold says:

    You definitely kept it from being boring. Love the tie blouse.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. yuka says:

    I love the bow on that blouse! adds such a fun detail to this look!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  12. Angelie Pangilinan says:

    I love your bag! Checking Furla website now. Haha!

    Angelie // Pepper Lunch – SM Mall of Asia

  13. blogoratti says:

    Lovely outfit indeed.

  14. Dominique says:

    Loving the splash of red, such a chic and sophisticated look hun xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com


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