Today's Everyday Fashion: The Improvised Suit

Does this look like a white suit? It's not! The skirt and jacket are from two different stores, two different years and two different materials. They are both white, but the skirt is kind of a rough cotton and the jacket is very smooth. I love mixing up pieces of suits, or creating a new one using pieces you already have. One thing I'm still on the fence about - if my blazer was about 6 inches longer I might be mistaken for a doctor in a lab coat! ;-) I still love the crisp and preppy combination though and I wanted to try it the minute I saw it in Lucky magazine. 

My tips for mixing suits:
- The easiest colors to do this with are going to be navy, white and black. Proceed with caution though  as many blacks are actually different colors. They don't need to be perfect, but close enough that they blend well in most lighting.
- Don't worry about texture. As I've shown with today's look, it's more about the colors going well together, rather than the texture.
- Try wearing two different colors completely - for example a taupe jacket and white skirt, a navy jacket and a white skirt, a taupe jacket and a black skirt. It's a great way to add some interest while still looking professional! Do you wear mixed suits? What are your tips for mixing and matching pieces?

Inspiration photo: Lucky magazine
Blazer: Victoria's Secret c/o MJR Sales, $35
Shirt: Express, really old
Belt: Gap, $12
Skirt: Banana Republic, $35
Shoes: Restricted via, $40
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Bracelets: Forever 21, $8

1. Jessica Simpson pump via Lord & Taylor, $27.49
2. Aldo pump via ASOS, $78
3. Chinese Laundry pump, $69.99 (use code CLFREE323 for free shipping through 8/31)