Matronly Makeover

Is this not one of the most matronly looking suits you have ever seen?


When my husband walked in and saw this he thought it was a service uniform…  Years ago I bought a beautiful Ralph Lauren black suit which I wore until it was thread bare. When it came time to replace it I could not find anything close to it in my price range. I didn’t have an office job anymore and couldn’t justify the splurge, so I bought this suit from Talbots.

That was four years ago and I have worn it once.  I felt so old and ugly in it after I wore it that one day, that I put it in the back of my closet.

Well, here it is now……… I shortened the skirt three inches and cut away the flare on the sides.  It’s not the Ralph Lauren suit I once had, but the new silhouette is far more flattering on me and I can wear the skirt with some of my favorite tops now.  Believe it or not, I didn’t own a basic black wool skirt….


My new skirt and suit – Free.

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6 Responses to Matronly Makeover

  1. Tracey says:

    I’m glad I found your blog via I will be going through my fabric stash and closet with a new eye! Thank you for sharing….your work is inspiring!

    Whenever my mother and I buy Talbots blazers or jackets, the first thing we do is run out and buy new buttons. Your tailoring has given the suit new life!

    • Thank you so much for your nice comments. This suit should have the buttons replaced too! It is amazing how a slight alteration can completely change a piece of clothing, and I am enjoying bringing a new look to some pieces I thought I’d never wear and/or never wear again.

  2. Jen says:

    Love the remake of your suit. The top looks fabulous with the skirt!!!!

  3. Dianne says:

    I love your blog! But i have to know…!!!! did you make the blouse in the “revamped” picture of your suit? I absolutely love it and must have one like it!!!

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