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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!

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Have a great day and we’ll chat tomorrow.



Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!