Pantsuit Nation: My First Suit (from RW&CO.)
I’ve never been much of a suit person because I’ve never had reason to be. When I did work in an office, the dress code was pretty much non-existent, provided you dressed fashionably (I did PR for fashion brands),which suited me just fine. Before that, I worked for a non-profit arts organization so you know there was nary a suit in site.
“You’re lucky,” my friends, who had to wear business casual every day, would say on shopping trips upon turning down my suggestions (“I can’t wear that to work,” being the sticking point for most of their wardrobe choices). Maybe I was lucky, but I never got to explore the idea of a suit, and if you had asked me as a kid what I would be wearing to work every day as an adult, I would have said without question, “a suit.” I was inspired by one of my favourite eighties movies, Big Business, and less consciously, by what the 80s “power suit” actually signified for women who were entering the workforce (and management positions), faster than ever before.
Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with RW&CO. to show off their new suit styles for spring. I chose this neutral pantsuit because I like that I can wear it with almost anything and I can also break it into separates and mix and match it with the rest of my wardrobe pretty easily. I also dig the masculine-inspired cut of the jacket in combination with the pants, but if that’s not your thing, RW&CO. has a ton of different styles in-store from skirt and jacket combos in fun patterns, to a jacket and pants combination in the colour of the season–blush pink.
My childhood aspirations aside, what’s most meaningful about acquiring my first suit now, is that it just feels like the right time. I’m writing this post on the heels of International Women’s Day that saw the poignant strike, #daywithoutawoman, and before that, The Women’s March, where women all over North America came together to demand equal rights in reaction to one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history. I can’t, in fact, imagine a better time to be wearing a pantsuit.
*This post is sponsored by RW&CO. but all opinions are my own.
Look 1: Jacket c/o RW&CO. | Pants c/o RW&CO. | Camisole c/o RW&CO. | Earrings c/o RW&CO. | Stuart Weitzman sandals | Vince Camuto clutch | Jenny Bird choker
Look 2: Shirt and scarf from Winners | Forever 21 sunglasses