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Breaking Up Is Not Hard To Do | Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday.

Today I can say that I am thankfully blessed for being steadily employed in Corporate America since 1984, and even though I was laid off in 2005, I am now a contractor for that same company.  A job loss can be devastating in so many ways but today’s post is addressing the loss of a wardrobe style.

In the 80’s women were trying to get ahead in corporate America so the power suit became fashionable, and women dressed to impress in the workplace. The stand-out piece of the power suit was the jacket, often boxy and long, with big shoulder pads and worn with matching knee-length skirts.

In the 90’s, the power suit became a bit more relaxed and more colorful, the long boxy jackets got shorter and the shoulder pads smoothed down.  I remember hubby buying me expensive suits although he knew I had a thrifter’s taste, or as it likes to call me “cheap”…anywho, a lot of those suits have been donated.

With the change in Corporate attire to Corporate Casual I no longer buy or thrift power suits. However, I do have one that I kept solely because of the color, and because of the color I choose not to wear it together as a suit, I had to break them up.

breaking up a suit

 I broke them up and wore the jacket with a pencil skirt and polka dot top thrifted from Goodwill

skirt suit I broke them up and wore the skirt with a sleeveless tank thrifted from Goodwill

skirt suits

Earring and necklace set from Avon



Color block purse was purchased at Spence’s Bazaar, a flea market in Dover

breaking up a suit

 Breaking up a suit is not hard to do and it actually gives you more wardrobe options.

What are your thoughts?

skirt suit

Color block flats are from CitiTrends

necklace from Goodwill

Necklace was new, thrifted from Goodwill

Today I am also thankful for my family, friends and of course my faith.  I am extremely thankful that this color has come back in style and the suit still fits!

Let's Chat What are you thankful for this week?

Have a great day and we’ll chat tomorrow.



Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


  • GlamVolution says:

    You look so pretty in bright colors! Love how you break the looks up! Great post!

  • Great post! I remember when I interned back in college and my Mom took me to Dress Barn to get a skirt suit. I wore that thing to every intern interview, lol. Got the jobs tho, so it helped. But I am happy to see that the business casual style is in full effect. Breaking up with the power suits or suits in general is indeed a good thing, lol! Like you, I still keep one (pant) suit. I like the classic look and it’s a good piece to keep just in case. Again, great post!


    P.S. My mother-in-law LOVES Spence’s Bazaar. I’ve been once and I can’t wait to visit again this summer. 🙂

    • DeDivahDeals says:

      That’s funny because I did the same thing but the cheapie in me went to “Lerners” – I wore it to every interview and got hired at IBM, although it wasn’t the suit that go me in, it was my aunt! I used to love pantsuits but very rarely wear then together anymore, and the elastic in the waist on most have dry rotted! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Spence’s Bazaar, let me know the next time you are in the area, perhaps we can meet up as I have done some posts reviews about it.

  • I never had to wear a power suit at any of my jobs. The job I have now is pretty laid back with their attire and I wear casual clothing to business casual depending on what client comes in that day. My boss always wears business suits everyday but I don’t know why.

    I love all your bright colors Antionette!

    • DeDivahDeals says:

      Now that was funny, your boss wears a suit for no reason, well that’s how I felt about my hubby wearing one everyday, but it made him feel important! No, actually, you do command more respect in a suit and that is what my husband expected from his students…now your boss, I can’t answer why he wears one. Hope you had a Thankful Thursday.

  • Oh yeah that color is AMAZING on you. I love how you broke up the blazer and skirt and made 2 different outfits. I actually prefer suits this way, it makes them much more interesting and modern. This week I’m thankful for my sweet and loving husband, who drove me to get a procedure done this morning, waited in the room with me, took me to lunch, then back home. he takes good care of me:)

  • I love this post!! I am so glad you brought this up, it’s funny how fashion changes and evolves with time. I personally love pant suits, but I also love to break them up and mix and match them. I really like the way you paired them and the color looks fab on you.

    • DeDivahDeals says:

      Thank you, I have some pant suits still hanging in my closet but I also lost a few – did you know that you should remove the plastic cleaners bag because it can eat the elastic in clothing. I tried on a few pants that had elastic waists and they were dry rotted! I kept a few of the jackets but haven’t worn them so most likely they will be donated to Goodwill before the end of the season. Hope you are having a Thankful Thursday.

  • Very smart for remixing your wardrobe and still getting to wear your favorite suits. You chose a color and a style that is classic so it will stand the test of time and will go with a lot of things.

    I used to wear suits when I worked for a multi-national back when I was still living in the Philippines. I donated every single one of them because the jobs I had after that were business casual to casual in terms of office attire.

    Great post and love your choices esp the red skirt with the argyle top!

    • DeDivahDeals says:

      Thank you, it is so funny how styles change but eventually come back with just a little change. I remember those big shoulder pads, aka “Dynasty” and we thought it was a great look – now not so much!!! I loved the color of this suit and am glad that I didn’t donate it, as a matter of fact the skirt still had the tag on it! Happy Thankful Thursday.

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