How To Wear A Suit

Outfit Details: Blazer // Trousers // Shoes

Why hello there,

For the past three years, female empowerment and advocacy for equality has become a highly publicized societal evolution. This has been a fight for centuries, but it’s no secret that in these last few years, women’s voices are louder and more forceful than ever. Although it may seem trivial, when you’re fighting the good fight, you also have to look the part. I feel the same way for when you are wanting to be taken seriously in the workplace. As modern, professional women, we are constantly fighting to deserve a seat at the conference table, not to take notes, but to lead passionate discussions and make big decisions. In order to be taken seriously and in order to present yourself as a professional, you need to dress the part.

In my personal opinion, every modern, professional woman needs to own a suit. If you work at any sort of establishment, you need to own a suit. If you want to be taken seriously at work when big business meetings are taking place, you need to own a suit. Period, end of discussion. The evolution and right to “power dress” go hand in hand with the work that the women before us have done in order for us to have that right. Remember, not that long ago, women weren’t even allowed to wear pants. Women’s suits are the amalgam of a women’s determination, her willingness to show up and the stereotypical masculinity. Suits makes me feel confident, intelligent, powerful and empowered.

Interviews are the perfect time to wear a classic suit. I also think it’ super important to always have a good suit in hand if you have an important business meeting coming up. Quarterly business reviews or annual planning presentations are a few prime examples of these. Always read the room. If your client is younger and more laid back, perhaps wear a suit in a different color or with a cropped pant, but if you’re meeting with someone who tends to fall more on the traditional side, I’d stick to the classic tailored suit in a neutral color like navy or dark charcoal.  

The power suit trend has been with us for so long, nothing in fashion is ever really new but rather born again. This time around, the suit is gaining traction in regard to oversized blazers and bold shoulders. That’s right ladies, the shoulder pad is making a comeback, but I encourage you to embrace it. With the suit standing in the spotlight recently, I thought it’d be fun to share some easy and fun ways to wear a suit this season. Whether it’s for work, holiday parties or events, suits can be professional and trendy.

1. Wear a fun color. I found this amazing Robert Rodriguez suit (above) on Rent the Runway and knew that I had to wear it. The powdery blue was just the perfect feminine touch I needed to take this oversized, should pad adorned blazer from menswear-inspired to totally chic. Find a soft, yet eclectic color for a dreamy monochromatic look.

2. Find a classic plaid. Don’t go crazy, but the way I would wear a head to toe plaid ensemble to work and to happy hour would be to stick with a muted print in a neutral color. The gray plaid is the epitome of this kind of look. A classic gray checked suit can be worn from day to night especially if paired with a pop of color shoe.

3. Inspired by the men. I’m talking oversized blazers. The bigger the better as long as they are tailored properly. Everything should not be skintight, that just isn’t in anymore. Hailey Bieber pulls off this look flawlessly. Go for a more fitted pant and an oversized blazer for that effortlessly cool vibe. Make it look like you just grabbed it out of your boyfriend’s closet.

4. Turtleneck undershirts. I am a sucker for a good turtleneck. If I could have only one piece of clothing in my closet for the rest of my life, it would be a classic black turtleneck. Layer your suits over a traditional neutral turtleneck for the perfect wintery aesthetic.

5. Mix and match. Under the right circumstances, funk up your suit look by mixing and matching the blazer and trouser with contrasting patterns, colors or fabrics. Wear a plaid with a cheetah print, a green with a red or a sequin with a cotton. If you have multiple matching suits in your closet, experiment one day by taking one jacket and pairing it with a different pant. It will totally elevate the whole look.

As long as your look is tasteful, professional and puts you in a confident mindset, it really doesn’t matter how you style different suits. There is no tried and true guidebook, but these are a few ways that I like to rock a suit for work. I hope after reading this, it inspires you to try something a little out of the ordinary. If you are looking for a sign, well honey this is it.

Sincerely,

How Conspicuous Consumption Helps The Economy

Hello Conspicuous Consumers,

This is one of my favorite topics of all time!! When I was a Freshmen in college at Indiana University, I took a fashion merchandising class. I was fully prepared to take my passion for fashion to the next level and pursue a degree in it. This class supported that assumption. For an entire week, I remember studying the concept of conspicuous consumption. I became utterly fascinated with the notion of consumer behavior and why we choose to make certain purchase decisions solely on perceived socioeconomic status. It was enough to get me hooked. This one week this one subject was enough to where if I hadn’t transferred to Ball State my Sophomore year, I would have immersed myself in the fashion merchandising degree. I’m still thinking of getting my Master’s Degree in Consumer Behavior, that’s how much I love this stuff!

If you are unaware of the phrase, conspicuous consumption is the consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one’s prestige. In layman’s terms, it means that you pursue buying things that are at a higher price point because you want people to think you have money. The term was first used by economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in the 19th century as a way of describing families who showed off their great wealth publicly to manifest their social power whether it was real or living beyond their means.

So why is it important? Well, our society is inherently obsessed with social class. The items we buy on a daily basis puts us into buckets in other people’s eyes. If someone is waking around with a Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee, carries an Android phone and wears a label-less purse from Target, our society would put that person in the bucket of people who fall lower on the socioeconomic scale. If they saw another person walking around with a Starbucks cup, carrying their Apple products and toting a Louis Vuitton Neverfull, then that person has money.

We are all guilty of conspicuous consumption. To be completely honest, when I bought my Louis bag back in February, I had to take a step back and ask why. Why this bag, why this price point, is that reasonable? The answer was I wanted to be able to buy something that showed for how hard I had been working but the answer was also no, spending that much money on a handbag probably wasn’t reasonable. Just with the faint monogrammed LV plastered all over the canvas though, I could let passerby’s know that I worked hard enough to afford a bag of that stature. Same goes for the people who jumped at the opportunity to buy the new iPhone 11 as soon as it debuted. Did they really need that new phone? Likely no, but being at the forefront of those snagging the new luxury good allowed those consumers to “show off” their status as trend-starters and as someone who has the means to drop that kind of cash in a New York minute.

Makes sense? Sure, but I’m sure you’re asking well why should I even care, is it good or are these people just pretentious a-holes? Actually, conspicuous consumption is kind of a good thing because it stimulates economic growth. Since people are spending money on more luxurious goods, they are putting money back into the economy and thus back into businesses. The demand increases and the businesses need to hire more people. More people have jobs and ultimately have more money to spend back to the economy. It’s a cyclical infinity symbol of money both coming and going and that’s always a good thing for our economy.

My tip though is to always spend within your means. If you have the discretionary income that you’ve been saving to purchase a luxury good you’ve always wanted, that’s one thing. That’s exactly what I did. Beware though of the fad fashion items. The items that are all the rage and that everyone seems to be buying all at one time. They come into popularity just as fast as they fade into oblivion, becoming irrelevant and a waste of your hard-earned money. These are great items to buy on a dime. If you are purchasing a luxury item, go for something classic and timeless, something that will always be in style no matter what the year may be. That’s money well spent.

Sincerely,

Color Combination Camel and Noir

Hello There,

Color blocking, in fashion and design, is the art and use of contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright colors. I fancy utilizing some of my favorite color combinations using the color blocking method through my outfits. One of my all-time favorite color combinations is red and pink, think Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell at the latest Emmys. I think this color combination has the perception of being chic and sophisticated if done with the correct hues. Some sure-fire ways to execute an effortlessly cool color blocking look:

1) Use complimentary colors. If you Google color wheel, you can easily see which colors fall next to each other on the circle. Colors that are across from one another are complimentary colors, so purple and yellow, blue and orange and red and green are all complimentary colors. Any of these color combinations would look excellent in a color block look.

2) Monochromatic color blocking looks are always a hit. Choose one color on the color wheel and find multiple shades of that one color to achieve depth in your look when wearing it from head to toe. Mix fuchsia with pale pinks, for example, to achieve a monochromatic affect.

3) Wear a head to toe neutral look but incorporate a pop of color to add dimension to your color blocking outfit. Pair a great navy-blue power suit with a bright red under shirt to really mix it up.   

Now I’m not a color connoisseur. I tend to dabble more in the neutral realm. With this is mind, I thought what better way to kick off the first of October, the considerably spooky month, with my take on a black and orange color blocking situation. I bring to you my Camel and Noir workwear look from today. Outfit details are below OR, as a friendly reminder, you can always follow me in the free LikeToKnow.it app to instantly shop all of my looks. Just search for “sincerelysydneyblog” under the Influencer Search tab and select the image you want to shop for product details. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or send me an email! Happy Spooky Season yall!

Black Marc Fisher Block Heel Pumps & Another Similar Pair Marc Fisher Heels // Black Cotton Camisole // Black Boyfriend Blazer & Another Similar Boyfriend Blazer // Black Sunglasses // Camel Colored Trousers & Another Similar Pair of Trousers

Sincerely,

2019 Fall Fashion Predictions

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Hello There,

One of my favorite things to do after a Fashion Week or at the beginning of a new season is to take some time and write down what I think the biggest trends are going to be. I’m talking what are people going to be walking down the street wearing and what are our stores’ racks going to be lined with. If you didn’t know, when Fashion Week happens, it’s always showcasing collections not for the upcoming season but for the season after that. This past Fashion Week in September showcased all new Spring and Summer 2020 collections. That’s how far in advance the fashion world has to plan for getting pieces from the runway to producing for consumption.

With this in mind, Fall and Winter 2019 Fashion Week happened back in February of this year. That was the first glimpse the fashion industry got of what’s to come for Fall this year. I studied those runways like I was taking the SATs and have compiled some of my predictions for what I think we’ll be seeing a lot of this upcoming season. Hint: I’m wearing one of my predictions above!

1. Zebra

I have been seeing so so so much zebra prints lately! I think this is going to replace the uber popular snakeskin that took over this past Summer. Ann Taylor recently came out with a capsule collection that highlighted zebra print in many different styles. Influencers and celebrities have been seen prancing around Fashion Week, some in head-to-toe zebra looks. I have a feeling this will be the new go to print this upcoming season. Remember when we were 13 and everything we owned from blankets to pillows to rugs to school notebooks were all zebra print? Funny how cyclical the design space is!

2. Puffy Sleeves

This silhouette was very prominent in February’s Fashion Week. Fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Ulla Johnson made them staple pieces in their collections. They add the perfect feminine touch with a hint of flare. If you are interested in trying this trend out, I recommend making the puffy sleeve the center of your outfit. Try pairing an over-the-top sleeve with a pencil skirt or simple pair of jeans. These statement pieces aren’t going anywhere.

3. Shiny fabrics like leather

I personally saw a lot of shiny fabrics walking down the runway. Silk and leather were among the most evident. Leather played a leading role in Alexander McQueen’s show, showcasing full leather dresses. If you don’t feel comfortable taking that big of a risk, you can remain on trend by wearing a faux leather pant with a simple blouse or wear a leather shirt in a minimalistic silhouette paired with your favorite jeans. This season leather goes beyond just a jacket.

4. Fall 2019 Colors: Cheddar Yellow, Pistachio Green, Grayish Blue, Cream and Lavender

Tons of variations of these colors walked down the Fall 2019 runways. I wouldn’t consider these colors all “jewel” tones, but they have more of a softness to them this season. I almost envision this as taking your typical Fall color palette and putting the Fade filter on them to make the palette more muted. Since the colors don’t make as much of a statement as in year’s past, I think the best way to wear them this season would be with loud statement pieces. Compare and contrast with accessories to knock a look out of the park. Also, don’t be afraid of monochromatic looks meaning top down all the same color or different levels of intensity of the same color. This is definitely in!

5. Plaid and Preppy

Just looking at those two words together makes me think of Gossip Girl. But in all serious, that is exactly what will be returning this Fall. Clueless inspired matching plaid sets and absurdly good plaid outerwear. Many designers, like Burberry of course, showed off their plaid best. Ginghams, Madras and Houndstooth of all varieties will be all the rage. My recommendation…go for it here! The more the merrier. Wear head-to-toe plaid, even incorporate the same plaid print in your hair accessories. You’ll totally be the cool kid.

What do you think will be a prominent Fall trend this year? Put your prediction below!

Sincerely,

Best 2019 Emmy Looks

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Dear Dreamer and Pop Culture Admirer,

What is your dream job? When I think of my dream job, a specific person comes to mind. That usually happens right? You often have said dream job because you’ve idolized someone currently holding that role and wishing for that to be your reality. My person is Giuliana Rancic.

Full-time entrepreneur and the OG E News correspondent. I have admired her for as long as I can remember. I used to stay up way past my bedtime every night to watch the E News second airing before hitting the hay. I love that her every day is encapsulated with fashion, pop culture and celebrity news, all topics that I am truly passionate about. She works for one of the most prestigious networks, which has provided and allowed her to create a platform that she gets to utilize daily to speak to the masses. How cool is that.

As someone who’s always loved those things, loves the world of publicity and isn’t afraid of public speaking, I’ve dreamt of one day being able to stand next to her and work my tail off. I tell people today, “someday, I will be the next Giuliana Rancic.” That’s how much I love her.

What made me think of this topic was that the Emmy’s were on TV last night. I sat on my couch and watched celebrities arrive on the purple carpet via the E News coverage and was glued to Giuliana interviewing some of my favorites. The preparation, the glam and research it took her to stand there and talk to these stars even for such a short amount of time amazes me.

So, in light of the inspiration I felt last night watching my idol yet again kill it on an award show carpet, I thought I’d take a stab at reporting out on some of my favorite looks of the night. All listed below! I’m curious to know, did you watch the Emmy’s last night and if so, who were some of your favorite looks?

*Images were obtained and are credited to E Online, Elle Online, @streicherhair Instagram, Today.com, @csiriano Instagram and VanityFair.com

From top left across and then down: Daniel Levy // Emilia Clarke in Valentino // James Van Der Beek // Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Oscar de la Renta // Kit Harington // Kristin Cavallari in Nicole + Felicia Couture // Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell // Naomi Watts in Dior // Patricia Clarkson in Christian Siriano // Phoebe Walker Bridge in Monique Lhuillier // Rachel Brosnahan in Elie Saab // RuPaul // Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton // Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang // Zendaya in Vera Wang

Some of my other favorite moments from the Emmy’s include: Alex Borstein sharing a family story and encouraging women to step out of line, Michelle Williams talking about equal pay, the compilation montage of series that departed this year (I was in tears), RuPaul’s Drag Race winning an Emmy and Bob Newhart sharp as ever at 90 years old in a bit with Ben Stiller when handing out the first award of the night. These moments and more can be seen at eonline.com (my fave site ever!).

Sincerely,

10 Blazers Under $50

Hello There,

Anyone else feel like a total boss when they throw on a blazer? Working at any job in any capacity, I truly think that blazers are the quintessential staple piece that every modern woman needs to have in her closet. A blazer is the perfect article of clothing that can transition from day to night, from the office to happy hour!

How to style a blazer: This season I am very into head to toe print looks. Pair a plaid blazer with a shift dress downing the same pattern. Blazers are super trendy to wear with turtlenecks in the cooler temperatures. I also think a blazer looks so sexy draped over your shoulders with a lace camisole or bodysuit underneath. Regardless of how you wish to wear a blazer, the best part is that there are so many different styles, shapes, silhouettes and patterns to choose from. I literally just counted, and I currently have 10 different blazers hanging in my closet. I just can’t get enough. The whole menswear as womenswear is totally my jam, and blazers are best in show when achieving this look.

If you want to obtain a good one that lasts you many wears, I suggest taking the time you need to invest in a good piece. Some of my favorite stores to get quality blazers from include H&M, Zara, Ann Taylor, J. Crew…the list goes on and on. I know that you may not be looking to drop hundreds on a blazer quite yet, so I’ve rounded up 10 chic and stylish blazers from all over the internet that you can purchase for under $50.  

Linking all of the above blazers below, starting from the top left going across and then down. If you haven’t yet, check out my latest Instagram post and let me know what you think!

Target Tan Plaid Blazer $35 // DR2 at Nordstrom Rack Textured Knit Burnt Orange Blazer $35 // H&M Fitted Blazer (comes in 6 colors) $35 // Rachel Roy White Drawstring Blazer $32 // Zara Deep Turquoise Blazer $50 // Veronica Beard via Rent the Runway Blue Plaid Blazer (most similar to mine above) $39 // Old Navy One Button Black Boyfriend Blazer $35 // H&M Double Breasted Dark Beige Blazer $50 // H&M Double Breasted Herringbone Black Blazer $35 // Old Navy Classic Gray Blazer $45

Sincerely,

Dry Goods Try On Haul

Hey Peeps, Happy Thursday!

I am not much of a mall person. Slowly, in the technologically advanced world we live in, I am becoming more and more of a shop online kind of gal. Recently though, on our way to a dinner date, my friend and I briefly stopped at the mall to check out this new store that had just opened up. All about the new and shiny thing. The store is called Dry Goods. Just hearing the name, I envisioned a rustic Homegoods type of vibe, which is why I had no idea why my friend was dragging me there, i.e. not my vibe at all. To my surprise, I walked into what I like to call the Francesca’s, Gap, Madewell married in heaven store. The styles can tend to fall a little on the boutiquey side BUT they have really great classic pieces that you can elevate in your everyday style. Those are the pieces I gravitated toward and actually purchased.

In all transparency, I thought this place was reasonably priced. I bought 7 items and spent around $200. This was my one good Fall fashion haul for the season, or at least that’s what I keep trying to convince myself of. What really sold me was the quality of the pieces. Everything feels like it’s going to last me years, which I love and justifies the money spent in my personal opinion. Why spend $10 on something that will fall apart after a couple of wears when you can spend $40 on something that will last multiple seasons? For all intents and purposes, Dry Goods is like a boutique. All clothes are not “Dry Goods” labeled on the tags, each piece comes from other companies, but they manage to select pieces to showcase in their stores that are cohesive and on brand. I also love that they carry Love Your Melon hats. If you don’t know the mission and value of Love Your Melon, check it out here.

If you follow me on Instagram (@_sydthompson), you may have seen the video I just posted. I have never really been a fan of the typical blogger “try on hauls” so I tried to take the same concept and switch it up a tad. I have either linked the exact item from the video below, or if items were sold out, I liked similar ones from the Dry Goods site or something I found on a different retailer’s site that is super similar and around the same price point I paid. Fall fashion is quickly approaching and I am super excited to have discovered this new brand to make shopping for the new season that much easier!

Black Jumpsuit (Sold out so linked similar) // I LOVE the fit of this piece because it hugs in ALL the right places. The cropped pant also makes it great to wear with multiple kinds of shoes and makes it a great transitional piece. The all black also speaks to my heart. I think this runs true to size, I got a Small and it fits perfectly. Another similar one here in Navy // Another similar option currently on Sale

Blue and White Stripped Blouse // I was nervous about this one because I thought it was going to be extremely see through, but to my surprise, it surpassed my expectations. I just wore a nude bra underneath and you couldn’t see a thing. I think this runs a little big so I would size down for a tighter fit. I purchased mine in a Small.

Marigold Print Blouse // Even though I’m not a huge floral print fan, I liked this piece because I don’t have much yellow in my closet and I thought this would be a great Thanksgiving Day shirt. I love the lightweight material and think this fits true to size. I got the Small.

Emerald Green Peplum Blouse // I love peplum shapes and I think this color is about to have a major moment this Fall season. The button detail makes it super feminine and it feels so super soft. The arms run a little tight, so I would probably size up. I got this in a Small.

Chambray Shift Dress // I loved this piece because I think it’s a classic that you can style so many different ways and layer so many things on top to make a completely different look each time. It runs a little big, I got the Small but could have easily fit into the XS. I couldn’t find anything similar to this on the site right now, so I linked a VERY similar option from Macy’s.

Gray Sweater Dress // Winter is calling my name in this dress. It is so cozy and heavy, which will be great paired with over the knee boots in the bitter cold months. I do think this dress runs a tad on the smaller side so if you are between sizes I would size up here. I am wearing a Small but would be more comfortable in a Medium I think.

Camel Turtleneck // Hands down my FAVORITE piece out of my whole purchase. I think I’ve already worn it a hundred times since I bought it. It is slightly cropped, which makes it perfect for a French Tuck in the front. The color goes with everything and the sweater is soft yet on the lighter side, which is why I’ve been able to wear it now! I am wearing a Small, it fits true to size.

Sincerely,