Skirt suits are the standard for conservative business dressing and can be worn to weddings and parties.
The skirt suit has a dressy, classic appeal that cannot be matched by a dress or even a slacks suit. This appeal makes it an appropriate style for many occasions.
When interviewing for a business job, one should dress according to the job they want, not the job they have. A skirt suit will present a professional appearance. When applying to work in a conservative office, stick with navy, gray, brown, or black in a wool or wool blend. The jacket should be tailored and single-breasted. The skirt should be about knee-length and not have slits. Choose a nice silk or synthetic blouse in a neutral or pastel shade which has a simple neckline or collar. Choose a blouse with sleeves in case you need to remove your jacket. Your outfit should fit snugly but not too tight.
Keep accessories simple and elegant. Wear hose in a skin tone, and make sure they have no runs or snags. Shoes should be dark-colored and dressy, with 1 or 1-1/2 inch heels, but avoid straps and sandals. Wear a matching leather belt. For a bag, carry either a conservative handbag or a nice leather briefcase, but not both. Limit jewelry to one pair of earrings, a nice watch, no more than one ring on each hand, and a simple necklace. A silk scarf in a conservative print is acceptable as a feminine accent. A 34-inch square scarf is the most versatile. Make-up should be minimal.
For business dressing, invest in the best skirt suit you can afford. Accessories should also be top quality. Shop around because prices vary widely. A new college graduate can anticipate spending around $1000 on her working wardrobe.
A serious skirt suit is also the correct apparel for court matters, whether you are the attorney, defendant, or a member of the jury. A skirt suit suggests authority and responsibility and indicates that you are too serious about the matter at hand to dress in a casual, care-free manner, or in a way that would draw attention to yourself. Government office jobs also call for this type of traditional attire.
If working in a less conservative, office setting, such as a bank or insurance office, the skirt suit may be more colorful and less austere. Here a double-breasted jacket would be appropriate. Always keep a double-breasted jacket buttoned. An unconstructed jacket, one that fits loosely and is left open, can be worn with a matching or contrasting skirt and is acceptable as well. Again, accessories should be simple, although you can get away with a cheerful holiday pin or other bold jewelry.
Dressy skirt suits are also proper attire for attending a wedding. If a wedding is scheduled in the morning or afternoon, the suit may be more casual than if the wedding is in the evening. For an afternoon wedding, choose a pastel or brightly-colored suit, or even a floral. Fabric should match the season, with lighter cottons such as seersucker or linen blends being appropriate for spring and summer. In the fall or winter, heavier, textured fabrics in jewel-tone colors are attractive.
For an evening wedding, a long, dressy suit is becoming, especially if formal attire is requested on the invitation. The color should be darker and more sophisticated than what you would choose for a morning or afternoon wedding. The suit can be made of velvet (in the fall or winter) or another evening fabric. For an elegant look, carry an evening bag instead of your regular handbag. The mothers of the bride and groom can match their look to the color scheme of the wedding. Generally black is not worn to weddings, but this is a custom that is changing. If in doubt, check with the bride.
Another occasion where a skirt suit is appropriate is an evening party, such as those held around the holidays. A suit that is worn at work all day can be transformed into party attire by changing to a sequined blouse and strappy high-heeled sandals and leaving the jacket open. Add some dangling earrings or other sparkling jewelry to dress up your look. For a formal or "black tie" evening party, you may wear an elegant suit with a floor-length skirt.
A nice skirt suit is always appropriate for attending religious services. A stylish matching hat looks great with a suit, for those who enjoy wearing hats. Ruffles and a feminine silhouette work well for these occasions.
In days past, brides often chose a neat, pastel-colored skirt suit as a traveling outfit. These days, a suit hardly seems to be the best choice for taking off on one's honeymoon, and brides are choosing more casual apparel for this purpose. Even so, a skirt suit is a valuable and versatile addition to any woman's wardrobe.
Whether you need to choose the right pair of heels for work or for a cocktail party, there is no doubt that finding the right pair of heels can be very difficult. Luckily, there are a number of things that you can do in order to increase your chances of choosing the perfect pair of heels for any situation! Learn more about some of the things that you should be looking for in any pair of heels when you go shoe shopping next!
If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Don't Wear it Although you may be able to slide by wearing a pair of sneakers that do not fit perfectly without experiencing too much pain, the same is not true for a pair of heels. Even though a pair of shoes may look "pretty" on your feet, the truth in the matter is that if they do not fit right, your feet will never feel comfortable wearing them. If you do not want to experience any type of discomfort from heels, then it is important to remember that you should always choose the size which will fit you best. The slightest bit of doubt, when it comes to a pair of heels fitting the right way, may be more than enough reason to not buy a certain pair of heels.
Don't Go too High With the Heels Needing a pair of heels for a certain occasion does not necessarily mean that you need super high heels. In fact, if you want to choose the most comfortable pair of heels, you will probably want to avoid having too much of a heel at all. The recommended heel size that you will probably want to opt for is anywhere less than two inches. If you feel comfortable wearing heels that are slightly higher than two inches, you might want to only consider them for a time when you will not be wearing heels for a long period of time. The size of heels can have a huge impact on how comfortable you will be in any pair of heels.
Avoid Heels that are Thin in Width While you may like the appearance of really thin heels, the truth in the matter is that they do not provide you very much support and stability. Both of these factors are key ingredients to how comfortable you will be in any pair of heels. If you want to choose the pair of heels that will be the most suitable for you, it is best to choose a pair which have a wider heel. Wedge heels are typically known to be very comfortable, but any pair of heels that are thicker in width should work out just fine. Stilettos should be avoided if you want the most comfortable fit.
Opt for the Right Amount of Arch Support Depending on your feet, chances are that you may already have a preference to how much arch support you like your shoes to have. Keep in mind that arch support may be more necessary when you choose a pair of heels, especially if you plan to be standing around in them for long periods of time. Buying a pair of heels which has a high amount of arch support provided or adding insole cushions may be a good idea if you want the most comfortable heel fit.
Make Sure Your Toes Have Enough Room One of the things that you have probably given the least amount of thought to is how much room your toes have in a pair of heels. If you choose a pair of open-toed heels, then you will probably want to make sure that all of your toes can wiggle freely, without feeling crammed against the wall of the shoe. If you are choosing a pair of closed-toed heels, being able to wiggle your toes around in your shoes is very important.
Know if They are Comfortable for Sure When you try shoes on at the shoe store for just enough time to make sure that they fit, you will not really get a good sense of whether or not they are comfortable. Walking around the shoe store for ten minutes or so will give you a good idea of if a certain pair of heels is worth purchasing at all. Wearing them around the house will help you get a good idea of if you want to wear them to events when you will be standing for a long time or not. Knowing whether or not any pair of heels is comfortable beforehand will help you avoid any shoe-related pain in the future.
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