***The winner of the Revlon Nail Polish V-day giveaway is Prosephina! Please email me with your info:) Congratulations! ***Two back to back tailoring posts in one week? Yes, it was all in the same batch that I picked up recently. This is my beloved Theory Gratian Chateau black skirt suit in 00. I have always been bummed that my Tweed Gratian is a size 0 but I guess I shouldn't complain. I do think the 00 fits much nicer than the 0. So I was elated when I found this set in a 00.
Blazer: Theory "Gratian" Chateau Jacket *tailored* - size 00 (buy here in white)
Skirt: Theory "Lindra" Chateau Pencil skirt *tailored* - size 00
Top: Banana Republic ruffle shell- size XXSP (similar here)
The only thing I did was alter the sleeves and the hem on the skirt. What's nice about the 00 Theory Gratian is the cut. It's a shorter cropped jacket (perfect for petites) and very narrow making it look perfectly tailored when worn. It's cut so small that it only requires a small amount of alterations- which is always great for the pocket book! It's hard to tell the difference on the before and after pictures but it's a big difference when I have it on.
I scunched up the sleeves on both pics so it's hard to tell how long the sleeves really were but here is a picture before: (sorry for the bad before photos) I didn't take a back shot of the suit after alterations (oops).
Can you see how long the sleeves were in the before photo? And the hem of the skirt, I took up a few inches as well. So the length of the skirt falls right above my knee cap (very work appropriate). Luckily the waist fits nicely on the 00. My tweed Theory skirt in a 0 is slightly too large and wide but I can still get away with it.
I love wearing ruffle shells/tops underneath blazers instead of a plain top/cami. I think it adds dimension and breaks up the solid black color of the suit.
I typically wear my blazers un-buttoned and in this case, un-hooked. I think it looks better this way and plus you can show off the shell/blouse underneath.
I can't stress how nice a well tailored skirt suit is for work! It just makes you feel like a million bucks! This will definitely be my go-to suit for important meetings and appointments. My favorite part about this suit is that I can wear it all year round! Unlike the tweed Theory Gratian, I can only wear in Fall/Winter.
I am still extremely bummed that I was not able to get the Gratian winter white suit in this style. Theory really disappointed me especially when I was told they found one, and a month passes and they email and say they couldn't find it. And this is after I managed to find the coordinating winter white skirt! I'm hoping next season I will find the matching jacket to it. At least I can wear the white skirt for Spring and Summer with other tops. Still- major bummer. I love matching skirt suit. sets (can't get enough).
I wanted to show you that even though the jacket is cut super tiny, I am still able to wear a knit cami and my J.Crew merino placket cardigan underneath and there is still room!
Every woman, whether petite or not, needs a classic black skirt suit! It is a MUST!!! Great for interviews, first impressions, important meetings and any business/work environmnent. And the best part is, you can wear the jacket separately and mix and match tops w/ the black pencil skirt. This way you really get your money's worth out of the suit (it isn't NOT cheap). I am blessed in the sense that my business warrants expensive suits otherwise there is no way I would spend as much as I do.
This is a fellow petite reader (Prosephina) w/the same suit that I tracked down in a 00 for her. She looks amazing in it and this is with NO alterations! She was so appreciative that I was able to find this for her along with the BR tweed dress. Thanks Prosephina for allowing me to post this picture:)
Twitter, know that I have a special little (okay not little) treat for myself coming on Thursday...her name is Chanel:) Stay tuned...*squeal*
Readers: Do you have a favorite suit?