I have always had a difficult time shopping for business suits. I remember the first time I had to wear business-appropriate attire. I was in high school and was supposed to accept an award at the local American Legion. I ended up borrowing an olive green sheath and jacket from my mom’s closet. I ended up loving that sheath and continued to wear it throughout college, but ditched the jacket.
I also borrowed a grey suit from my mom where I had to roll up the sleeves.
As time moved forward and I learned more about fit and professional attire, I admired my aunt Co Be’s suits. She wore a suit to a wedding and she looked amazing in it. I was close to CML, Co Be’s older sister, and CML told me that her sister got most of her suits from BR because the cut and structure of the suits fit her really well.
Despite that recommendation, my first business suit was bought from Dress Barn when I was in my first year of law school. The skirt suit was not modern enough for my style, but at the time, I thought that looking a bit matronly made me look more professional. I was wrong.
While still in law school, I was rather impressed by a pantsuit that one of my classmates wore and wanted to find a similar-looking suit.
I bought my first pantsuit from Macy’s Juniors Department. The BCX suit had a slimmer fit and looked sleek and modern (similar here and here; the pants I would wear with heels such that only a quarter to a half an inch of the heel is showing).
I now have five suits that I wear on a semi-regular basis: a black suit from Macy’s, a black suit from Zara, a navy suit from Ann Taylor, and two from BR, a grey suit and a blue suit. The next suit on my list is a skirt suit. I have not yet found one that fits well.
The most recent suit I purchased is the blue suit from BR. My favorite part is the dark silver crest buttons! Although the color was described as navy, I found that it was truly more of a dark blue suit, as navy looks almost black generally.
BR Suit Jacket (2013, similar here) / BR Pants (2013, similar here) / Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt (2010, similar here) / Gap Brown Leather Belt (2010, similar here) / Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps in Walrus (2010, similar here) / BR Leighton Leather Tote Bag (2012, non-leather here) / Pearl Studs (gift, 2006, similar here)
If you are looking for a basic black leather tote bag with gold hardware, H&M has this lovely looking tote for $129.
I am also loving these marble green earrings from BR. Absolutely stunning!