The Structured Shoulder Suit

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love vintage pieces. There’s something so special about a piece of clothing that has aged gracefully and that has been able to transcend through time. While there may be tons of fashion faux pas that should remain in the past, we can all agree that structure shoulders suits/tops should not. Now, is this a suit or blazer? 

Outfit Details

How beautiful is this suit? I found this suit at Goodwill and fortunately, it had the original lace hankerchief but unfortunately not the matching bottom piece. I’m guessing it had to be a pair of trousers but how awesome would it have been if it was a mini skirt!? Ok, enough fantasizing, lol. Clearly not having the matching piece did not stop me from buying it because I knew I could rock it either way. Its been pretty cold here so I paired the top with a pair of black wool pants. It was the perfect pairing because the top did not keep me as warm as I would have liked. I thought about wearing black stilettos but I ain’t basic so I paired it with my hot pink python heels and my brooks brothers bag A.K.A fake birkin, lol.

Top: Vintage Suit, $4.00 // Pants: J.Crew Wool Pants, $5.00 // Bag: Brooks Brothers, $5.50 // Thrifted Total: $14.50


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Structured Shoulder Suit, similar here

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Steve Madden Pink Python Ankle Straps, similar here

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Structured Shoulder Suit, Cute alternative here and here

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Victorian Blouse + Midi Pencil Skirt = Monochromatic Outfit

If you notice carefully on my photos, you will notice that this week my makeup is much different. I’m a total basic bitch when it come to my makeup because I suck at it. I also like a more natural look AND when I do happen to play around with shadow, I hate the way it looks. Truth be told, I learned how to PUT ON makeup at 22 (thank god for YouTube tutorials). I say, “put on” because I wasn’t slaying. I was doing enough so that I wouldn’t look ridiculous but I don’t even think I put on concealer and don’t even get me started on “contouring.” I figured out what that was at 27 and the way I “blend” my contour might make Youtube Makeup Vloggers cringe.  I have so much respect for Youtube Makeup Vloggers and makeup artist; applying makeup ain’t easy.

Today’s smoking eye was inspired by Halloween costume. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I was Morticia Addams this year. I struggled with doing her contoured cheekbones but I think I did a decent job. The smoky eye was not a hassle and I loved the way it turned out. I figured I would recreate the look once again but with my normal foundation. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the way my smokey eye turned out.

Outfit Details

I have this slight obsession with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. I just like the grace that she exudes in all of her photos and outfits. While I cannot afford any of her outfits, I can sure replicate them so today I decided to replicate her signature, “messy bun.” I thought today would be the perfect day to recreate the messy bun since I have a blow-out. While I don’t think the Duchess has worn an outfit similar to mine, I think it might be “royal approved.” I have to say, I felt like a royal in this outfit but what put it over the top to me was the messy bun. I see why the Duchess wears this hairstyle often, it’s very easy to pull off especially when you are running late.

This victorian style shirt really set the tone for this outfit. I wanted a monochromatic outfit and since it’s officially chilly outside, I choose this wool skirt. The pencil skirt and shoulder padded top created the perfect silhouette that gave this look a #tbt moment to the 1940’s. Let’s take a moment to talk about this top. The romanticism of the Victorian era is something to really appreciate and this top pays homage to that era in a totally re-inspired way. While this is totally a vintage piece by today’s standards, this top is still relevant today. This top is truly a timeless piece and a staple in any closet. The skirt is a beautiful French Connection wool skirt that is also a few years old but we all know fashion is recyclable so you wouldn’t be able to tell that this skirt is not from this season. I complete this monochromatic outfit by pairing it with a pair of dark beige patent leather heels and a faux-ostrich clutch.

*Full Disclosure* This outfit was 100% thrifted. 


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Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Splurge here

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French Connection Wool Skirt, similar here 

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Peek-a-boo moment

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Nine West Heels, similar here and Faux-Ostrich bag, similar here

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Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Steal here

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SPARKLES + EMBELLISHED TOP

This is one of those “love at first sight” moments. I found this top at the thrift store last fall and I am now coming around to posting about it. The beading, the structure and the detailing of the top is reminiscent to Balmain (to me anyway). This is definitely one of those show stopping and outfit popping pieces. The “skirt” or bottom piece that paired this top with is actually a dress with a chiffon top piece. Since the top of the dress is “layer-able” I decided to wear the top with the dress. Next time though, I think I am going to rock this top with jeans and a bra underneath.

This entire outfit was purchased at a thrift store, so needless to say, this is one of those Cheap + Chic closet moments of mine.

Thrifted Details:

  • Top: $3.00
  • Dress (“leather skirt”): $4.50
  • Shoes: $20.00

Total: $27.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: Vintage

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Shoes: Dolce Vita

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Dress or “Skirt”: Zara

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