The Unmatched Suit on Assignment

I am so pleased that I landed my newest assignment which will last through the end of the year. The location is nice, the people are nice and the free snacks are a neat perk.
I was told to wear a suit on the first day -- so I did. I'd also straightened my hair for the occasion since it's been cooler. 45 minutes of straightening was completely wasted (as you see I have pulled all of my hair straight back). The humidity was too great! But I chose to wear an unmatched suit because I knew the client was business casual but my company wanted to make a good impression. I thought this was a great compromise. Normally I would wear heels but the location is about 3/4 of a mile from where I get off the train and I did not want to carry both my lunch and alternate shoes.

I am wearing:

  • Kasper single button jacket in blue and white (there is a rule that busty ladies should not wear a single button jacket but I really believe that it depends on where the button hits you on your torso)
  • BR navy stretch twill pencil skirt
  • silver satin shell 
  • pewter buckle flats 
Are there any fans of the unmatched suit out there?

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  • Joy replied 10 years ago

    Me me (waving hand in air), especially how you have done it. Wonderful!

  • Day Vies replied 10 years ago

    I forgot you do unmatched suits SO well!  I'm still dreaming about that black printed jacket you posted recently.

  • deb replied 10 years ago

    This looks so very fab! Too bad about all the time spent on your hair only to have the weather decide it should do something else.

  • Von replied 10 years ago

    I totally agree about the single button jackets, I have found them to be a lot more flattering than other closure styles.

  • replied 10 years ago

    You look perfectly attired for your position!

  • Amy replied 10 years ago

    I love it. You look elegant.

  • kkards replied 10 years ago

    As usual, you've nailed it. I agree, I find the unmatched suit a great solution in today's business casual environment

  • Day Vies replied 10 years ago

    Deb - when your hair is curly the weather always wins ;-)

    Von -- The sad part is this is the ONLY single close jacket I have because others close too low :-( I would love to have another one. If you see any with a higher stance let me know!

    Kkards -- depending on the company I'd wear this on an interview but given my chosen occupation an unmatched suit is not an option.

  • pil replied 10 years ago

    Glad to hear you are pleased with your work assignment. Your unmatched suit is terrific, I love the subtle bling of the satin shell.

  • kellygirl replied 10 years ago

    You look so perfectly turned out. I love the mismatched suit on you. Tres chic!

  • MuseumGal replied 10 years ago

    Except for the most formal occasions, I prefer unmatched suits.  You look fabulous!

  • catgirl replied 10 years ago

    I love an unmatched suit, but often I do it with a patterned bottom.  Does that count?

    You look sleek and marvelous.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    I adore this. You look so elegant in these silvers and greys and blues. 

    I am a huge fan of unmatched suits and I think this outfit hits exactly the note you were aiming for. Not to mention the fact that you look beautiful. 

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  • Jaime replied 10 years ago

    I am sure you made a stunning impression!

  • Beth Ann replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous, tonal look. Very polished and professional, but still with a ladylike grace. 

    Better great ready, it's supposed to reach the 80's again next week.  I'm actually craving my cooler weather clothing, but trying to stick to transitional season outfits, since I know Winter is always soooooo loooong.

  • Runcarla replied 10 years ago

    What a polished and professional look! Those are the best/ most professional flats I've ever seen posted or IRL, and you've got the skirt length perfect. *Win!*

  • goldenpig replied 10 years ago

    You look so professional and polished. Love unmatched suits--I feel like I can't wear matched suits without looking like I'm interviewing, so I love unconventional suits like unmatched suits or leather jackets as blazers.

    Too bad about the hair, but I like it sleek & pulled back too.

  • Day Vies replied 10 years ago

    Pil - I love this satin shell with the jacket but only with a dark skirt. I tried the entire suit with the satin shell and it did not work. There just wasn't enough contrast -- something about the fusion of these three pieces.

    Una - an unmatched bottom counts of course. None of the three pieces here match. I even count a dress with an unmatched jacket.

    Suz -- I think silvers and grays are my ideal neutrals next to navy.

    Beth Ann -- I understand what you're saying. I'll take fall as it comes a little here and a little there until its shows up permanently. I went out yesterday evening with DH for a lakefront bike ride. It definitely felt like summer. Then we went out for a nice dinner and got in just before the rain.

    Carla - Thank you for that, I never feel my best in flats and felt as if the shoes brought a little frump factor to the look.

    GP - it is hard not to look like you're going to an interview when you're wearing a matched suit. Very good point. I love the idea of a leather jacket as a blazer.

  • JulieJohn replied 10 years ago

    Beautiful! I am learning new things, as I had no idea a matched suit was considered more corporate, or more dressy, what have you. I guess it makes sense in a way, but that's kinda sad as it leaves us with fewer options when we really need to buckle down.

    Speaking of buckles, those flats are darling with this outfit.

  • Caro in Oz replied 10 years ago

    Love this - the tonal quality of the outfit & the fit of the jacket are perfect :)

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 10 years ago

    I love unmatched suits and you really eximplify why it works so well!  Fantabulous because neither Fantasic or Fabulous on their own will do! 

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