Suits Me! A HEWI comes home from Boston

Folks, I'm going to say it. 

It looks better on me than on the model. 

Unfortunately, you might not be able to tell from these photos. The light was playing tricks on me two days in a row and I could not get the shutter speed right, which means that many of these photos are blurry. Also, the details of this jacket are extremely subtle and don't show up well at a distance. 

The colour is called "café" but is actually a subtle taupe or mushroom with a slight purplish undertone. It looks great with white, black, ink and navy, and even some greys, as well as denim, fuchsia, cranberry, pinks, teal. Basically, with everything I own. 

It can be worn with a "stand" collar (and that way you see the leather detail; or the collar can be folded down into a narrow shawl style. 

Here I am showing it, not "styled", exactly, but with a few options. The pants are not PPL -- they need hemming. They are roughly turned under and/ or pinned in these photos. I am not sure how to hem them. They are called straight leg, and do appear straight when laid flat. 

I notice that I've got my sleeves scrunched in every picture. I forgot to show the length. They might need a touch of shortening but with no buttons on the cuff that is an easy fix. 

Inspired by all the oversized looks for fall, 2014, I sized up in the pants for more fluidity. I'm not sure this is working so well on the side hip -- I might have to do a bit of alteration there. 

Sveta was the fairy godmother for this purchase. I saw the jacket but did not try it on as I was getting tired, and I hadn't noticed any pants to go with it. She found the pants and encouraged me to give it a whirl. Meanwhile, the other Boston ladies were kind enough to humour me. They waited patiently and weighed in on the pros and cons (even though by then we were all exhausted and hungry and thirsty) and were the best shopping buddies ever! 

The bonus? It was on big sale!! 

Would love thoughts, impressions, ideas for hemming. Thank you! 

Oh - the little white thing peeking out back in #4 is just my shirt hem. I was a bit rushed. And forgive the side view shots -- terrible camera angle makes me appear oddly shaped, but IRL it looks better. 

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  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful color on you. I love the piping.

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    Oh, 1000% YAY!
    (I know this isn't a K/R, but I can't help myself)
    You are so right that it looks better on you than on the model. What a fabulous and perfect suit! It's so gratifying when PPP pays off.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    It DOES look better on you than on the model - and that's with a hem that still needs fixing. 

    Killer to the power of Killer. (All good things come to those who wait.....and shop with Sveta). And this mushroom colour is better than a navy option I think. Unique. 

    I saw the jacket in person in Boston and it is dreamy on Sensational Suz. Loving it with the jeans and new sandals too. You are going to get sooooo much wear from this new little darling, Suz. It's going to be right there waiting for you to grab it each time you look for a suit in your closet. 

    ENJOY. xo

  • Catnip replied 6 years ago

    This color is gorgeous on you.  Any length issues should be easy to fix, and the fit is great.  I love the way the fabric drapes.  Definitely a keep, without reservations!

  • Isis replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!  Love the color and the two options for the collar are way cool.   This is going to be a workhorse!

  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    I like the color on you. I have a huge partiality for the blues you wear but this color looks great with your hair.

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Oh, WOW. This is amazing, Suz. It is SO much better on you than the model that I would not have looked twice at it based on the model picture. But on you it is just beautiful. Love it all suited up and love the pieces individually. Absolutely love it with the cage sandals, jeans, and pink tee.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Wow! This is such a good lesson for me. I am not patient enough when looking for an item.

    You look wonderful ~ I'm sooooo happy for you!!!

  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!  And since I have seen the blazer on you in person I know just how perfect it is.

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    So excited for you! It looks divine on you and the color and style work brilliantly with your existing wardrobe. I love the color on you; as Angie said, it's unique. it Siamese Kitty Brown? :)

  • Ingunn replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Suz! I'm thrilled for you! You definitely look amazing in this, and it is so very you! The color is perfect. I think you could hem them like my navy suit pants - they work well with almost any footwear I own, heels or not. But you would know this better than me.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Siamese kitty brown! I love it, Windchime! 

    Thanks for the suit love. I agree that this colour is a nice surprise -- just different enough. And the details, while subtle, are the opposite of corporate. The zipper that goes all the way around, the leather trim. Small, but significant. 

    I actually wore the jacket to travel home. It was very comfortable and easy to have on. Does not wrinkle. The fabric is such a lovely wool with just a hint of stretch. All season. 

    I thought the zipper on the collar might bother me. And for the first five minutes when I put it on, it does feel peculiar. But then the zipper warms up and it doesn't bother me again. It's not rough, but quite smooth to the touch. If you had long hair it might be an issue (maybe it would get caught). 

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    LOVE! I'm so excited FOR you Suz - this is such perfection in every way. First, it looks amazing on you, the color, style, fit, and then the way you can style it to work with as you said "nearly everything in my closet."

  • Nebraskim replied 6 years ago

    I keep coming back to look at this because it's so fantastic. Wow to the wow. You have a shiny happy glow in this. Congrats on scoring a 10000 percent win.

  • merwoman replied 6 years ago

    Your smile says it all - STUNNING! This colour is so right for you, congratulations on capturing a HEWI!

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Wow - so nice! How versatile!

    I especially love #9 :)

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!  I have owned a few ET suits and I know of what you speak. The quality is really gorgeous. The fabrics are really gorgeous. The linings are gorgeous (one of mine was a chocolate pinstripe with...bright orange lining). And the fits are really gorgeous! This one looks fantastic on you.  Welcome home HEWI! 

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    What a beautiful suit on you!!! I really see the purple undertones with the pink top. You did good, girl!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Worth the wait! The jacket is stunning but I want to put a word in for the trousers - I think the fit is amazing on you. You will get tons of use of this as a suit and separates. Spectacular!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Oh, yes, K. P.... the lining of this jacket is to swoon for! It's not a special colour or anything, but the quality is superb -- it feels great on the skin. And glides effortlessly over any top. 

    For those in the market for a suit, Elie Tahari is gorgeous quality. You can bet that when the NAS comes this year I am going to be looking at ET items. Now I know my size and fit. (If anyone is tempted to order I would say that this line fits TT higher end size....I take a 0 or 2 in most American sizes, and needed the 2 in this jacket.) 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Shevia, the trousers are what sold me, I think. They feel amazing. They do need hemming, obviously, but they have an incredible drape in person, which is why I sized up for that fluidity. The smaller size would have fit but would not have had the same movement and might have showed more VPL since the fabric is quite thin. 

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Oh, Suz, it's wonderful! That jacket is just magical on you, and the fact that it has matching pants is a huge bonus. Here's to PPP!

  • Freckles replied 6 years ago

    Stunning.  It was definately worth all the other suit shopping to wait for this one.  Adore the jacket, what a beautiful mix of subtle details.
    I'm sure the cpw will be negligable in very short order.  Congrats on a  super Suz suit.

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    *Squeeee*   Looks fabulous on you. And yes, it does look better on you than the model!   Good things do come to those that wait!

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    I'm so happy for you, Suz! The color is magical on your complexion, and your joy wearing it is obvious.

  • NDMom replied 6 years ago

    Unbelievably perfect in every way!  You look so elegant, chic, and sophisticated!

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    I am SO glad you finally got your suit!  And in your color, no less!  Fantastic.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Stu-nning! what a fab fit and I love the jacket with your bf's and pink sweater. Enjoy!

  • LACeleste replied 6 years ago

    Wowee!  You shine in this suit Suz!  Great find!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Woot! Suz found her fantastic suit in her very own perfect neutral! I'm beyond ecstatic for you Suz!!! What gorgeous drape and the lining sounds like a dream. I have tried on several Ellie Tahari pieces and I think I know what you're talking about. I'm no help on the hem length, but I'm sure the good ladies of the forum +Angie will get you sorted. I love that it's seasonless, too. You will wear the heck out of this little beauty. It looks absolutely amazing on you, and you seem so happy to have finally found it. I'm so glad you didn't settle. Cheers!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Beyond perfect and gorgeous on you Suz! You can cross that HEWI off your list!

  • BethL replied 6 years ago

    Simply stunning, Suz. Yes, it does look better on you than the model, and kudos to you for having the confidence to say it! It's a beautiful suit, and it looks great with whatever you put with it. The jacket is wonderful as a separate, too - it looks smashing with your new BFs and sandals. I'm delighted for you.

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    On my phone I was a bit eh on it. But once I got on my laptop and saw the full size pictures, WOW, it's great.

  • pastrygirl replied 6 years ago

    Wow!! It looks amazing on you!! Nice, no, INCREDIBLE find!!

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Yay!!! I was wondering when you'd share it. :-D So glad you got it. It does indeed look better on you than the model.

    It was totally worth delaying dinner! Plus I ended up poking around and found the top I'm wearing today. So on a purely selfish level ;-) I am glad for the wait! But even more, I'm excited for you that you found your HEWI suit!

  • Ginkgo replied 6 years ago

    So glad you bought it and did not leave it in the store to think about for awhile.  I especially love the jacket with the pink top and your new shoes!  Love that this will be a workhorse for both dressing up and down opportunities.

  • Stuti replied 6 years ago

    Yes it does Suz :)

  • neonginger replied 6 years ago

    You really look stunning in this jacket! All of these looks are amazing!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    The colour is soo striking on you...!

  • Gracie replied 6 years ago

    Oh, we finally get to see your new suit! So glad you found your HEWI, and PPP paid off. It looks 100% better on you than on the model for sure. The last photo with the detail truly shows the quality of the jacket – and the color is so beautiful on you. Many happy wears!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thank you, everyone! So glad to earn your applause on this one, and Sveta can now take a bow as the godmother to the purchase.  :) 

    Anna, you reminded me -- I should tell Jeneva about this. The colour would be equally amazing on her. It is funny - we do not have the same colouring (obviously) -- yet we look great in mostly the same colours. 

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Suz, this is stunning on you! The color is so perfect. I love it! And you look way better than the model. Way better. :^)

  • cciele replied 6 years ago

    This is your suit for sure Suz! The color and fit are fantabulous. So happy for you!

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Awesome Suz!  So glad you found the elusive suit.  It looks like it will be a real workhorse, as long as you're not like me and forget to wear the peices as separates :).   And it's so awesome with those new SHOES!

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    Oooh you got the trousers too, yay!-)
    I am nodding along with everything the other ladies have already mentioned. This is your perfect suit, Suz, for sure: the colour, cut, fit and silhouette, all perfect.

    You should see me smile here: I am so chuffed that you found your suit, and I know you'll have tons of fun playing around with it!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    So glad to see this!  It was only hinted at in other posts.

    The color and fit are sophisticated and modern -- such a good choice.  I think sizing up in the trousers was a great choice, even if the sides need a bit of taking in --  it looks like the rise length is just right for you.

    And you found it just in time for your writer's retreat!

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    Yay! I've been waiting for this. The perfect suit for you. That color is amazing on you. I love that it's not the basic black or navy. So very worth the wait!

  • greenglove replied 6 years ago

    Much better on you- that is one of my favorite colors- a bridge color, can be warm or cool and small, brighter accents pop.
    It is a color theory thing.
    Many do not get the versatility of taupe.

  • Debbie replied 6 years ago

    Stunning on you. This will be a go to for you I think.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    And.... BAM!!

    Better on you than on the model, times a million!

    Love it love it love it!

  • Echo replied 6 years ago

    This jacket is a knock-out on you, and a perfect neutral, too. The suit looks outstanding, although I love the jacket with jeans, too. 

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I am so happy for you!  It does look amazing on you.  The color is fabulous.  As for the hemming of the pants, what does Angie say?  They look a touch long to me (ducking…).

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    I've been waiting for you to post these pictures! Fabulous, gorgeous suit in YOUR neutral. It absolutely looks better on you than the model and it is even more stunning on you in person!

  • April replied 6 years ago


    I, too, love that color.  Some of my favorite pieces are a cooler taupe in the same family.  Nothing soul-sucking about it.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    This is SO exciting - a non-corporate suit in an interesting colour what a find!!
    You look sensational Suz. I hesitate to give advice about lengths from photos but I love how the pants look in #5.

    So happy for you & you've given me a boost to keep looking for mine - they are out there somewhere. Maybe I have to go shopping with Sveta too :) :)

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Caro, Sveta is an unbelievably smart shopper. She never over praises. She is always exacting. But she also nudges when nudging is necessary. And she knows quality from a mile away. 

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    PERFECT SUZ :) :)

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Perfection! Well worth the wait indeed.

  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    May I add the 100th WOW?!!!!

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Definitely worth the wait! It really looks like it was meant to be yours!

  • Jjsloane replied 6 years ago

    What more can I add? You know you love it. It loves you back. It is amazing with the pink!!! Will it be hemmed in time to go to Banff? 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I don't think I can have it hemmed in time, Jeanne. It's probably too dressy for the venue anyway. I am going to bring the Reiss jacket, though. It will dress up my jeans outfits enough. 

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    You're right - it does look better on you than on the model, and it looks fantastic IRL! I loved it on you in the store, and I love every way you've styled it here. 

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    <happy sigh> I am SOOOO happy I did not "give up" on you getting this beauty, Suz! ;-)
    It is an incredible suit for you and I agree with Angie that the color is more unique than the navy suit - and it is YOUR color. It was a lucky strike to pop into that store even when we were all so tired. <another happy sigh>
    I KNEW it would work with practically everything in your closet and look how gorgeous are these Pliner booties with it. <more happy sighs>

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Late to this, but amazingly killer fab of a workhorse x2! Enjoy!:-)

  • Lantana replied 6 years ago

    Suz as well as echoing the forum's approbation I want to add that this thread has reinforced for me the value of PPP and strengthened my resolve to seek quality and fit.

  • Debora replied 6 years ago

    Sensational! The color is gorgeous on you and it is so versatile. Yay!

  • carolbee replied 6 years ago

    This outfit and you are Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Yay you finally found YOUR suit.  And it was so worth the wait.  That color is divine on you, I like it even better than blues.  And the structure in these pieces, looks timeless.  What a find, I'm so glad you waited for this piece!

  • crazyone replied 6 years ago

    Looks great!  BTW, when did you buy this?  I don't remember seeing you try it on. Did you go to Tahari after Diana and I left?  

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    WOW how exciting, Suz! I've been dying to see this lovely on you since it was hinted at. Does not disappoint. I really love how the blazer looks with the BF outfits, super! You may also need to have the knee break brought up just a touch (hard to tell from the photos, but #6 makes me think it's worth looking at).

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Aida, thanks....there really is no knee break on the pants. They are perfectly straight. They're just too long in the photos. I may have to have them tapered a bit, in fact, because "straights" can read as "boot cuts" or even "wides" on me. I know Sveta did that to great success with her straight leg trousers so I may be hiring her mother to do the deed! 

    C1, thank you -- I did indeed buy it after you and Diana left. We stopped in the Tahari store and I came away with this suit and Janet came away with a gorgeous top! I can't believe on our last stop I found my suit. 

  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago

    Woohoo!  Yep, this is The One.  I love it.  Your PPP paid off, big time. 

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Taupe didn't sound fun when you said it first. But wow! This suit was made for you!!! What beautiful fit on you! *Doing a happy dance for you*

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I'm so happy for you, Suz.  The perfect suit!  The fit, color, appropriate for so many occasions and pieces that can be styled separately for a different look.  It also fits with your style simplicity and urban prince persona. 

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    Suz! I think this cafe colour should be your new neutral! It works very well with your colouring! Also - the suit DOES look better on you than the model. You're totally working those pieces! I can see these being wardrobe workhorses because of the neutral tone and the cut of the jacket and pants.

    Isn't Sveta amazing? She encouraged me to get the white Ann Taylor Loft jacket (another overdue WIW) and the flared jeans (too bad the faded blue didn't work with the rest of my wardrobe). She just has this talent for seeing what looks good on others!

    On a side note, you mentioned how the suit looks better on you than the model. It really is true, and it's interesting how that is, because we often tend to assume how models look better in these clothes. Your statement reminded me of when the YLF Toronto gang went into Club Monaco and noticed how the outfit Emily tried on looked better on her than the model! In the end, I think it boils down to you guys wearing the same style that's more flattering on you (than the model) and also, you bring personality into the outfits (because a model's job is to display clothes after all).

    Anyway, I rambled but I thought what you said was just so interesting!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Like this suit I am better late than never! Absolutely perfect and so much better on you than the model. I am awed. Truly glad you waited for this to come along.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Late to this too -- what a gorgeous suit! It suits you to a T, if I may say it.

  • JG replied 6 years ago

    I wonder how many of us, inspired by your example, have added to our shopping lists "perfect fitting, high quality, versatile, updated suit in my best neutral?" I thought my current life was too casual to justify a suit, but now I need one!

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    Another late did I miss this? LOVE the suit. So perfect for you. It is just gorgeous with the subtle but cool detail of the zipper.

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