Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vintage Corporate Cute

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Great-Grandmother's Vintage suit, needlepoint purse, Cole Haan shoes, Blinde Sunglasses, J. Crew tights, CAbi turtleneck, Vintage jewelry, Tiffany's interlocking circles ring, Diamonds Direct bands, Donna Jernigan Photography, Moments by Donna, the Queen City Style, Uptown Charlotte, NC, Trade/Tryon Streets

Suit: Belonged to my Great-Grandmother. Purse: Made by my Great, Great-Grandmother. Best bet is to search ebay, but here's a neat modern day bag and hereShoes: Cole Haan from Constance Consignment. Turtleneck: CAbi. Tights: J. Crew. Sunglasses: Blinde, similar pair. Hair Comb: Jewelmint. Earrings: old, love this pair. Bracelets: My Great-Grandmother's, Grand-mother's, Grand-mother in law's, Stella & Dot. Rings: Tiffany, custom by Diamonds Direct.

I live in a banking city.  More banking resources are headquartered in Charlotte, NC than all but one U.S. city, New York City, of course.  We are also in the South, so by default, there are lots of rules on acceptable work attire.  Many of my friends work for a bank, and there's not much room for creativity in dress.  I suppose the point of this post is to show all of my corporate followers a way to dress appropriately so, yet still look cute and even better, not like everyone else with the black pants and cream blouse or navy suit and one and half inch pumps.  I wore this suit for one of my first interviews in New York City 14 years ago.  I had it tailored to fit.  I'll never forget walking down Madison Avenue and the number of times I was stopped over this suit.   It remains one of my absolute most favorite pieces.  So, my message today is to shop your local vintage and consignment stores.  Not only will you find something completely original, you will likely save a lot of your money and get triple your investment on the quality. There are so many other things I want to say about this outfit, but perhaps in another post.  Can you tell it's a favorite? :)

For the love of timeless, classic style...
Thank you so much for being here!  Whitley

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17 comments:

  1. It can be so hard to dress when there are such high standards and expectations! I love that I can totally tell you adore this outfit!

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  2. this is absolutely amazing!! the purse, the suit... adore. so chic

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  3. I love that your great grandmother owned that suit - it's gorgeous on you!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  4. I am loving that suit, it is so gorgeous. These night shots are beautiful, every time I've tried to take pics at night the flash messes everything up.

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  5. Great suit. What I am really loving is that purse made by your great-great grandmother! What a gem to have!

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  6. Whitley you look amazing! I'm a huge vintage/thrifter and agree that shopping in these stores (with a little time and patience) you will end up with something unique and of beautiful quality. And I LOVE how you styled the suit with those textured tights!

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  7. I love it, and I love how you call the city 'New York City.'

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  8. Whitley you are so fabulous! You look amazing in vintage. I love it.
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  9. Not only your dress and jacket but the way you paired it up with those stunning heels and handbag. You could easily just have worn an "It bag" but this makes all the difference, doesn't it?
    Gorgeous!
    I have a similar vintage one from my grandmother!!

    Love,
    Annette
    Lady of Style

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  10. So darling! I love this set and the bag is just perfection! You have stepped out of a time capsule from the 50's and I LOVE IT!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  11. Whitley dearest,I absolutely adore your pumps & your bag.They add pop of color to your outfit.Add may I add that you look fab.

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  12. work it hun! those shoes are awesome :)

    XO Meghan
    citrusrefrehsingfashion.blogspot.com

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  13. I love the print and texture of this outfit!

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  14. ADORE this look Whitley!!! And how special that the suit and purse are from great gma and great great gma!! You look fabulous!!

    xo, sam 

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  16. Such a fab suit, plus you know I love the family factor. Timeless for sure and how cool that you wore this to that interview years ago! Loving the pattern mixing and your smiling self!

    xo
    nic
    mymannersandmoxie.com

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