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Fashion Friday- Pulling off a Suit without Looking Frumpy

Happy Fashion Friday Friends!

Does anyone still wear suits anymore?  The look is not as popular as it once was, but I still think there is nothing more polished and professional than putting together a look with a jacket.

A suit used to be the newscasters uniform and I still have a closet of color coordinated outfits.  I wore suits for work for almost a decade before dresses became much more fashion forward.   As the trend switched more to casual clothes for TV, I still tried to find a way to incorporate the suit look without looking dated or frumpy.

One of my favorite looks is a jacket with a pop or color, a matching shell and a neutral colored bottom.

How to Pull off a Suit without looking frumpy!  This professional look can still be fashionable! / Running in a Skirt

I feel like taking the matchy-matchy out of the suit is a great way to keep the look fresh, updated and totally UN-frumpy.  I love the way this teal jacket has fun and interesting details.

How to Pull off a Suit without looking frumpy!  This professional look can still be fashionable! / Running in a Skirt

Short jackets are also a great way to feel very youthful in a suit.

How to Pull off a Suit without looking frumpy!  This professional look can still be fashionable! / Running in a Skirt

I’d also play with the length of the skirt and the cut of the pants to make sure your bottoms are in style.   In addition to a sleek skirt, pairing a suit jacket with slim legged pants is a perfect way to keep a modern look.

How to Pull off a Suit without looking frumpy!  This professional look can still be fashionable! / Running in a Skirt

Shop the look:

Jacket: White House Black Market- Similar HERE, HERE (in red) and HERE (in blue)

Shell: White House Black Market- Similar HERE

Skirt: Ann Taylor- Similar HERE

Shoes: Dillards- Similar HERE

I hope you have a simply amazing weekend!  Monday I’m keeping it real and sharing some current life confessions. 

Thanks to Nicole for the Fit and Fashionable linkup!  I’m also linking up with Joylynne Shane for Fashion Friday and the Fashion Passion linkup.

Your turn!

Do you ever wear a suit?

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  1. Jess @hellotofit May 11, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    That color looks great on you, Julie! I don’t wear suits anymore, but I like wearing blazers over dresses or with jeans :). Slowly catching up on your posts after a busy week!!
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  2. Living in DC lots of ladies wear suits to work everyday. I love your look!
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  3. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit May 9, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I never wear a suit! Unless it’s a bathing suit…ha! I used to work in advertising so I had to semi sort of dress up. Now I work in fitness. I buy sneakers instead of high heels!
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    • JulieWunder May 10, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Haha! I’m sure you have some great workout gear now! Thanks for stopping by today.

  4. Farrah May 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I love that outfit! It looks gorgeous on you! <3 I don't usually wear skirts when I'm on my rotations because that usually means I gotta wear different shoes, but I think I will have to rethink that. :] I love that teal jacket!
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    • JulieWunder May 10, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Farrah! I love wearing cute skirts. Makes me happy all day!

  5. So cute! I don’t think I’ve ever worn a suit. Being in the medical field it has never been necessary! Scrubs are my uniform!

    • JulieWunder May 10, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Haha! At least you don’t have the “what am I going to wear” dilemma! Hope you are having a great weekend.

  6. Annmarie May 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    You look super cute! I always feel like I look frumpy when I wear suits, Love the idea of breaking up the colors and pairing with a slim legged pant!
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    • JulieWunder May 10, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      I think it is all about the cut! Something slim fitting really helps.

  7. Susanna @Zealous Mom May 8, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    So cute! I had totally abandoned the idea of a suit, but I think you may have changed my mind.

    • JulieWunder May 10, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      It is not something I wear often, but I think It is a great way to switch it up. I also feel like they might make a comeback sometime soon!

  8. Emily May 8, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    You look really stylish and so pretty in the suit. You definitely pulled it off!
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  9. Nicole @ Fitful Focus May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

    So cute! I agree with you on colorful jackets – love them! I also love that it’s not matchy-matchy, like you said.
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  10. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I’ve never worn a full suit, but have tried wearing more blazers for different work events. They always make me feel so polished and sophisticated. It’s crazy how such a simple thing like a blazer can put an extra skip in your step so to speak.
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    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      It’s a perfect way to be taken more seriously in my opinion!

  11. Mary Beth Jackson May 8, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I occasionally still wear a suit depending on what is going on. You know Florida can be kind of relaxed in the dress code department! Nothing polishes up an outfit like a nice jacket!
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    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Oh yeah! Florida is very relaxed. Asheville, with it’s hippie vibe, is also a dress down place, but more boho than beachy.

  12. Susie @ SuzLyfe May 8, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Totally agree with you–you gotta mix it up, and go with unexpected colors and shapes!
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  13. Danyelle Musselman May 8, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Cute suit! My last two years of broadcasting I wore zero suits… my network was all about the sleeveless sheath dress

    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      I wear maybe one suit every two weeks just for old time sake. We got the everybody should wear a jewel tone wrap dress speech. I probably have 20+ of them in my closet now. yikes.

  14. Linda May 8, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I have a closet full of suits that I can mix an match. Thanks for the tip. Going out for Mother’s Day. Now I know what to wear. You look fabulous. Love seeing you on Jewels That Dance commercials.

    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Linda! So glad you like the new commercials!

  15. Blane Sherer May 8, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I really like your suit look today.
    I was really happy to see your Jewels That Dance add Thursday morning on WLOS at 7:58 AM .I thought that was especially Kool coming on right after the weather. I thought the add was very well done. Hope you have a nice weekend.

    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Thanks Blane! Glad you like the Jewel’s That Dance commercial! As always, thanks for the support.

  16. Libby Haire May 8, 2015 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Hello, Juoie. I have suits, but have been using them as separates for a while. Some professional offices still require a dressier dress code and my outfit depends on the industry where I will be that day.
    Love your jacket–a favorite color of mine.
    Happy Weekend!

    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Thanks! I love this color too. It works well for so many people.

  17. jill conyers May 8, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    I occasionally wear suits but not very often. It all depends on what I’m doing at work that day.

    Love the jacket!
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    • JulieWunder May 8, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Thanks Jill! I don’t wear them near as much anymore, but always feel great when I do.

  18. Jenny May 8, 2015 at 5:18 am - Reply

    You’re speaking my language! I love separates. I have so many great jackets and I love to mix and match them with pencil skirts or slim pants. I hardly ever wear the same color jacket and pant/skirt. The look you have on is great!

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