Lookbook: H & M Houndstooth Skirt Suit for under $100

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Blazer: H & M *sleeves taken up* – size 2 (similar here)
Blouse: Gap *sides slimmed*- size Small Petite (similar here and here)
Skirt: H & M *hem taken up* – size 2 (similar here)
Nail Polish: Loreal I pink I am in love (buy here or love this for only $2.80)

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Shoes: Ann Taylor – size 5 (buy here or similar)

I absolutely love this complete skirt set. I sent it home to my Mom to fix for me. She took up the sleeves – it had button holes but it was so insanely long that she got rid of the button holes completely and just sewed on the buttons. I know that is a major no no but given the elbow patches, it would be way too difficult to do it any other way. I love the button hole detailing but I’d rather have sleeves that fit. My ideal sleeve length is 20″ from the shoulder.  See this blazer on Kelly and Jean.
I also took the skirt up a total of 4″. The length is perfect now. As a reference, my ideal skirt length is 18″. This skirt fits perfectly in the waist and hips off the rack which is a HUGE plus. I know some may think I am boring for wearing the complete matching suit but if you have been following my blog since the beginning, I am all about complete sets! I think it just looks very classic and well  put together- although some may argue that it’s boring…that’s okay with me! These two pieces are great as separates too – which makes it all the better!

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I also slimmed the sides of this ginormous Gap blouse. See the before HERE and  the peach one on Jean. It was my first time having a blouse slimmed (cost $10) and boy does it make a world of difference! The sleeves are still too big but I just roll them up and am too cheap to splurge the $15 to get it done.  This is a great suit for under $100! I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Readers: Anyone else love complete suits? 
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  1. I'm curious, what made you decide on that sleeve length? The mustard blouse goes really well with the suit but I think having the buttons directly under the elbow patch looks a little awkward. Perhaps move toward the end of sleeve or remove them completely? I actually think the blazer would still look good without any sleeve buttons.

  2. Hi R.L.! Since my mom lives in the Midwest…I could only tell her how many inches from the shoulder to measure. So I took my Theory Gratian blazer and the sleeve length is 20". She did take it slightly too short but I actually don't mind it. As far as the buttons, yeah…there is a slight language barrier and I didn't have time to move the buttons myself but they are supposed to be lower on the sleeve- perhaps I will just remove them all together : )

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