smart fashion for the ambitious woman
Finding a well - tailored suit is difficult for most people, and super difficult to do without spending a ton of money. I heard about Sumissura, an online tailor for women, and immediately jumped at the chance to give it a try. Full suits start at $229, and everything is made to order. I chose a blue suit with a one button blazer and ankle trouser, somewhere in between a French and Navy blue.
photo credit: Ally Harrison
top: Gap Outlet (old)
bag: Tumi Lucca City Tote (no longer available from Tumi, sometimes they shop up secondhand)
necklace: Primark (old)
bracelets: top, vintage costume from Magpie in New Orleans; bottom, Nora Kogan
shoes: Calvin Klein
The verdict on the suit is mixed; on the one hand, you won't get custom tailoring with that variety of fabrics anywhere else (at least not in this country). However, I find that plain cotton actually doesn't make such a great suit fabric for my body (and I suspect other plus size bodies as well) because it has zero natural give or stretch. If you've got to walk to the metro and spend all day in your suit, it's going to lose its shape and become uncomfortable. Unfortunately, Sumissura doesn't offer any stretch fabrics at this point. I would also say (while acknowledging this as my mistake) that if you decide to try this site, you really, really 100% need someone else to measure you. Don't be dingus and try to do it yourself because you'll mess it up. Call your mother, she would agree with me.
You can visit Sumissura here and see what they have to offer. If I order again (and I might), I would definitely get another blazer, or try a coat. I really enjoyed the fit and construction. Let me know what you guys think if you've tried Sumissura and have opinions or questions!