Matronly Makeover

12 Sep 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.

  • Tracey
    Posted at 07:42h, 10 October Reply

    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!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:41h, 10 October Reply

      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.

  • Jen
    Posted at 13:04h, 11 October Reply

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

  • Dianne
    Posted at 21:57h, 06 January Reply

    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!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:03h, 07 January Reply

      Thanks, Diane!
      The blouse is a St. John silk top that I bought a year and a half ago. I love this top and have tried to recreate it – unsuccessfully so far. I did find this pattern that I’m going to try soon –
      The St. John top closes by wrapping around the neck while this Vogue pattern has a back closure. I’ll keep you posted because the St. John top is truly my all time favorite!

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