Multi-Purpose a Classic Suit

A beautiful suit is a treat to wear, but maybe there  aren’t many occasions when you need to dress quite that formally.  I spent some time the other day playing with my royal blue skirt suit and found 3 new ways to wear those pieces in a variety of looks.  Here’s how …

This vivid blue ponte knit skirt and jacket (Butterick 6641 for those of you who sew*) is a very polished look for community speaking engagements and other dressy situations.  But those don’t come up that frequently, and it would be a shame to leave these comfy, easy-to-wear pieces hanging in the closet waiting for  the next one.

Pairing the royal jacket with a basic black ponte pencil skirt was a relative no-brainer, and it takes on a fun twist with the addition of a diagonal striped back-and-white knit top.  Pushing up the sleeves makes the jacket more relaxed.


Royal jacket over a jade green shell is one of my favorite color mixes — and the rayon knit of the jacket is cool and comfy enough to wear in warm weather with classic white jeans. The fun summer scarf  links this combo … an oldie I hadn’t worn in years.  Are you wasting the potential in your scarf drawer?

The skirt gets another styling with this mock wrap jersey top in a multi-bright tropical print.

And finally, this positive/negative shell and draped cardi — 5 outfits from one simple suit.

What new outfits can YOU make by viewing your suits as separate jackets and bottoms?  It’s like getting new clothes for free!

* The jacket has some interesting construction details including sneaky inside lining pockets.  Those of you who sew can read details on .  NOTE: If you click on the little heart icon under my photo on the review, I think you’ll get notification when I post additional projects.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Susan Nielsen on July 30, 2019 at 10:37 am

    ALL of the jackets I sew have pockets inside! That is why we sew: to have the garment work for us, in the style and fabric we love.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Aren’t we lucky! If only all my clients had that range of options. I’mactually working on a made-to-order line of women’s basic ponte separates because it’s getting harder every day to find the optimal choices in RTW.

      • Sherry Seher on July 30, 2019 at 4:02 pm

        Nancy Nix Rice,
        Wonderful, I look forward to that prospect !

    • V on January 6, 2020 at 11:41 am

      How clever of Susan, I sew but haven’t ever used that option so how lovely to be reminded by Nancy !

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