20 August 2010

Suit or Separates?

Rather than buying a suit for $250 or more, buy the pieces as separates. This can save you $100 to $150. Additionally, buy several pieces that can be mixed and matched. A good quality matching jacket, trousers and skirt (for the ladies!) can be co-ordinated with shirts, t-shirts, jumpers and cardigans to easily increase the number of outfits in your wardrobe.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry Cath, I don't agree with this at all.

    I think one of the best investments a woman who works in an office environment can make is a well made suit. Three things to keep in mind-
    1. Buy dark colours (navy, black, dark grey) and classic tailoring to avoid dating as the suit ages.

    2. Always buy the jacket, pants and skirt at once (lay-by is a good option here, as are the sales). This gives the most looks for the suit, and doubles the wearablity of the jacket, which will last longer than the skirt/pants. Remember you can always wear the components separately but may not be able to match separates in the same way.

    3. Buy the best you can afford in a lined natural fabric such as wool or a silk/wool combination. This will enable to fabric to breathe, and with careful spot washing and steam pressing you can avoid the dry cleaners. Suits should be hung to air, and sponge cleaned where possible.(tip- When leaving for work for the day, leave you wardrobe doors open to enable as much air as possible to circulate around your clothes, saving cleaning costs, removing odours and lengthening the life of the fabric.)

    Normally you give great advice Cath, but for those of us who work in a corprorate or office environment, an investment suit can be a real money saver over the long haul.


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