Suits were very popular in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and I absolutely loved the look. As far as I was concerned a suit was the epitome of elegance and sophistication. I purchased this Norma Kamali design in the early 1990’s after falling in love with the retro styling and velvet collar. I wore the suit quite a bit at the time, mostly for work but for parties and formal occasions too. But fashion changes, and it wasn’t too long before suits were out and other things were in. I couldn’t let it go though. After all, I changed into this suit at the end of my wedding to run off on my honeymoon with my new husband. So it went into a bin and lived in the attic for a long time. Every so often I would pull the suit out of storage but it no longer fit. I couldn’t even get the skirt zipped. Still I kept hoping that one day I’d be able to wear it again.
With the popularity of Mad Men came the return of the lady-like look and I started to think about my beautiful houndstooth suit living up in the attic just waiting for the wheel of fashion to spin back around. This high-waisted pencil skirt and matching jacket goes so well with the retro trend. Even shoulder pads are coming back into style. So I pulled down the suit, removed it from its plastic bag, and tried on again. It fit! I’m rather amazed that I’m now wearing the same size I wore in my early 20’s. Unfortunately some moths got into the wool during its stay in storage. There’s a big hole in the skirt, but thankfully the jacket was not damaged.
Here’s how I styled the skirt for a Saturday brunch date with my husband. Looking at the photos I feel I could use some bright shoes and maybe seamed stockings to make the ensemble even more fun, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see how current this 20-year-old suit looks today.
I no longer have s skinny belt that fits. The waistband includes belt loops and it looks naked without a belt in there. I’m actually wearing a removable purse strap around my waist.
As much as I love this outfit I must tell you that I got a lot of stares. Clothing has become so casual these days that I really looked dressed up in comparison to everyone around me.
- Suit – Norma Kamali
- Blouse – Black House White Market
- Beret – vintage
- Shoes – purchased at “Off Broadway” for a song
Do you have anything from years ago that you still keep in case it comes back into fashion? Do you ever wear suits outside of work?