Wearing a suit definitely gets you taken more seriously. The epitome of power dressing, a Prince of Wales check suit is one to be reckoned with, and this one is serious on so many levels: style, comfort, price and versatility.
Wearing this Prince of Wales check suit reminds me of the olden days when I worked in the corporate world and had to "power" dress, which I did, expensively!
Looking back I recall a Prince of Wales check pant suit that I purchased from Harvey Nichols in London in 1991. It cost me in pounds the equivalent of about $400, all those years ago! It was for a job interview I had been head-hunted for and this suit was going to seal the deal, so I considered it more of an investment in my future than an expensive pant suit!
The interview was a success and I got the job so as far as I was concerned the $400 suit paid for itself! Now I'm a blogger and I don't live anywhere near Harvey Nichols (good thing), I don't go for corporate high powered job interviews or feel the need to power dress given my great age, but having fun with clothes I wore twenty plus years ago, well that's another story, as long as they don't cost a corporate salary!
The Prince of Wales check or plaid clearly has it's roots in royalty. Originally named the Glen plaid derived from the Glenurquhart valley in Scotland in the 19th century. Later favoured by the Prince of Wales Sir Edward VIII for his custom made suits and eventually enjoyed by millions watching Sean Connery as James Bond donning the checked suits on film! The fabric has long since been a favorite of designers Ralph Lauren and Michael Bastian, and today is having a revival with modern styles that are sure to get you totally "checked out"!
The jacket is the star of this suit. It can be worn with so many different looks. Still keeping a sharp style going for a night out with the girls, I paired it with black coated jeans, heeled pumps and a fun graphic tee!
Back to black, but this time with ripped jeans, pointy toe sock booties from Zara and an old Jimmy Choo leopard hair clutch!
The fitted double breasted jacket has a slightly stretchy woven fabric making it blissfully comfortable. It's lined, so it glides on easily over whatever you're wearing and has some serious muscle in the way of 90's shoulder pads that warrant a warning to pedestrians coming in the opposite direction!
The overall color blends to a gray with fine black lines on a natural background; fantastic paired with black. There are decorative buttons at the cuff, welt pockets, notched lapels, and whilst the check is not lined up perfectly at every seam and join, for the less than princely sum of $59.99 the naked eye or my wallet isn't going to mind!
The dressy slim-fit pants are tailored with a flat front, narrow leg and make a decent pair of work pants all by themselves. They're also made with the exact same stretchy woven fabric as the jacket (which is not wool so it doesn't itch), priced at $34.99.
Last but not least, the button up blouse I'm wearing with the suit is a soft flowy crepe fabric with satin cuffs and collar. Decorative black beading at the front edge of the collar adds just a tiny glint of sparkle, also $34.99.
Who else could come up with this level of style, fair quality, and affordable prices - our friend in the high street H&M, of course! The links below will take you to the H&M suit and blouse presented here, plus I've linked a few other either the same or similar items I'm wearing in these looks.
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It's quite possible I may have saved you from the arduous task of searching for the perfect little black dress that can be styled up or down, is simple, comfortable, versatile and inexpensive. You're welcome! My perseverance has paid off and "voila", say hello to my little friend the perfect LBD!
A spray-on tan has to be one of the easiest and cost effective ways to get yourself an allover instant golden tan ready for a vacation or special event. I had the opportunity to try this beauty treatment, a completely customized hand sprayed tan at the Golden Glo Airbrush Tanning salon in Scottsdale. I am absolutely amazed how natural it looks and how gorgeous it made me feel.
Don't underestimate shopping in your daughters' favorite stores. Whilst they're not likely to become our be-all and end-all shopping euphoria, the prices are ridiculously cheap, and if you seek out the right fit, fabrics and styles, you can snag yourself a wardrobe gem that doesn't look cheap or Forever 21!
What could be easier than jumpsuit dressing? One piece only, doesn't require much thought to the coordination of other items with the exception of shoes and accessories. Not only does it offer effortless style, but the jumpsuit trend is still holding steady this season, almost to the point of encroaching on the classic evening attire of dresses. A jumpsuit strikes a pose with it's long line and fluid silhouette. It's created a class entirely of it's own, a sort of "sophistichic"!
Previously limited to the grunge department unless actually wearing them for exercise, jogger pants were only a small step up from lounging in PJ's all day. Hardly surprising, since they are athleisure wear. Not the case anymore... enter the fashion trending jogger pants, the new wave entering the playing field are carving a re-launch of this old informal favorite!
Joggers have been re-invented in a variety of hybrid crossovers. A sort of trouser, if you will, made to look like joggers with a cuffed or ruched ankle. Even those with no ankle cuffs have the addition of side stripes creating the illusion of track pants. Still in high demand are the classics we all know and love in a variety of cozy cottons, comfortable loose fitting form, elasticated waist and ankles. Fabric options are no longer limited to the old norms. This season's coveted options of satin, silk and velvet are among the choices available, as well as classic cotton twill for a more formal interpretation.
Fall tentatively flutters it's way back into our lives for those of us in Arizona at the end of a long hot summer and the excitement of wearing a jacket looms ahead like a chocolate fudge sundae after a four month diet! It's not cold enough for a coat, but a jacket is the perfect transitional piece to take you from summer into fall and beyond.
Here is my pick of five jacket styles that are still carrying a major torch on the fashion scene of hot trends this season. I've linked several cute finds beneath each style that you can shop directly from the thumbnail.
Palazzo pants, also known as wide leg pants, generally fit around the body, flaring into fullness as they gain distance from the hips such that when standing still, they take on the effect of wearing a mid length or long skirt.
Until now I've never had my "Lady in Red" moment! This is the first red dress I've owned since a red pinafore dress my grandmother made me when I was five years old. Why has it taken me fifty years to do this? I've had all out pink dresses, the brightest of floral dresses, all of which I could have been seen from outer space in, but why not red?
With the beginning of September upon us, most people across the US are starting to think about fall, whether it be the upcoming holiday plans, when they will have their first taste of pumpkin anything, or what they will need for their fall wardrobe. Even here in Arizona, we're thinking about fall in a drooling sort of way - for us it means only four more weeks at the mercy of the desert's relentless heat, hooray!
A number of styles are playing a huge role this coming fall / winter season and plaid is one of them. Plaid prints and bold checks from seasons past are not going anywhere. It is my theory that the buffalo check is the continuation and grown up version if you will, of gingham!
Haven't been able to steal the time away for a proper holiday of late, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy a little time away from home. A change of scenery with the ones you love, namely hubby (aka Brian) and the dog (aka Rigsby), is all you need to recharge the batteries for a while! A staycation in Arizona is never a disappointment when there is so much to do, see and enjoy here. So we drove all the way down the road to the new Mountain Shadows resort to see what all the hype was about!
The minute I saw this sleeveless top with the roll neck it reminded me of something Jackie Kennedy Onassis would have worn. As one of the most undeniably great style icons in history, I had a picture of her in my minds eye wearing this top with big over-sized sunglasses. This vision firmly transferred itself in my head as me, minus the Manhatten penthouse and the 325 ft yacht!
Who doesn't love getting a manicure and pedicure? Hands and toes primped, pruned and nails painted to perfection leaving little jewels atop each digit like shiny bling! And if that weren't enough, the benefit of sitting back, being pampered, reading a trashy magazine or just people watching lost in your own thoughts, ah... bliss!
My husband suggested I do a movie review for the blog. He recommended Atomic Blonde for a number of reasons: 1 - the strong woman portrayed in the main character, 2 - the fashion and style, and 3 - the music from the eighties! He failed to mention the main reason, 4 - he really wanted to see it!
He had me already with the title! Reasons 1 through 3 were right up my alley. I was excited to do this, couldn't wait. If I'd have known about reason 4, I would have re-considered this whole idea. I was double crossed, but now I've seen it, so here it is!
Keeping up with the fast pace of fashion on a modest budget is a challenge to say the least. Just when you think you're covered with an outfit for every occasion, at the sight of an invitation to something you suddenly find yourself with nothing to wear! Have you ever pondered your closet and wondered if you hadn't bought so many clothes you could have purchased the Louis Vuitton purse or the Gucci shoes, probably yes! Well you still can, at a fraction of the cost. With a few extra pennies from heaven to help keep your closet current, consignment may keep the fashionista in you afloat!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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Click the picture below to see my interview with the lovely Jonet Wooten from Fabulously Chic Over 50