Styling a Red Suit for Work & Play

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Red is the color of the season . . . and what better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe than with a suit you can style for work and play?  Here’s how I’m styling my favorite (affordable!) red suit from Express.

At the Office

With Another Bright + Nude Heels

Of course you could always go with a white shirt, but a bright color (like this purple or even a hot pink) is a bit unexpected.  The slim-fit portofino shirts from Express are pretty perfect for tucking into skirts and pants.

Wearing:

24 Inch One Button Jacket (size 2 for reference)

Low Rise Slim Leg Editor Pants

Portofino Shirt (available colors are constantly changing, also in slim fit perfect for tucking in)

Pumps (similar and with a comfortable lower heel)

With a Chambray Shirt + Statement Accessories

I love how accessories can totally make an outfit.  Leopard print shoes and a big necklace add some fun to an otherwise pretty simple work outfit.

Wearing:

24 Inch One Button Jacket (size 2 for reference)

Low Rise Slim Leg Editor Pants

Chambray Shirt (similar – and yes, this one is too small for me now – apparently my boobs grew!)

Necklace (similar and on crazy sale!)

Pumps (similar and with ankle straps, I’m also loving the pointy toe on these leopard print pumps)

Out & About

With Another Bright + Statement Accessories

Heading out right after work?  Un-tuck, roll up the sleeves (I rolled up the pants too) and unbutton.  Add some sexy heels and a pair of sparkly earrings and you’re good to go.

Wearing:

Low Rise Slim Leg Editor Pants

Portofino Top (available colors are constantly changing, also in slim fit perfect for tucking in)

Earrings (similar)

Pumps (similar)

With a Graphic Tee + Boots

Throw on a graphic t and add some black booties.  Add a denim or moto jacket for colder weather . . . done!

Wearing:

Low Rise Slim Leg Editor Pants

Graphic T (sold out on American Eagle, but I love their current selection of graphic tees, especially their feminist tees like this one)

Boots (similar)

Hoops (similar and under $10)

With Distressed Denim + Sexy Heels


Wearing:

24 Inch One Button Jacket (size 2 for reference)

Hanro Seamless Cami (my favorite camisole of ALL TIME . . . and I’ve had it for YEARS)

American Eagle Tomgirl Jeans (sized down for a tighter fit)

Steve Madden Heels

* So, funnily enough, I’m wearing the same lip color in all of these photos.  In the last photos I just applied it straight from the wand and in the rest I applied it with my finger.  LOVE this stuff: NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Mineshaft 

XOXO,

Scotti

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6 Comments

  1. Red suit with ripped jeans is my favorite. Have your heard of the purple hat society? It’s ladies of a certain age who go out in red and purple with crazy hats. I love it when I see these groups of people, they look like they are having so much fun, but as someone in her later 30s, I can’t wear this combo because of that! I can’t remove the association from my brain!! #myownissues

  2. I just emailed about more work options. Thank you for sharing. I do like express pants, but I have to size way up in their jackets because I’m bigger on top than bottom.

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