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Date: 9/26/13 6:38 PM

I'm currently making a suit (skit and matching jacket). I've not personally made both jacket and skirt from the same pattern before.

Originally I bought it with just the skirt in mind. I purchased some fabric for it, and shoved it to the back of the pile until I got some more experience and confidence.

The pattern, plus fabric, got unearthed for an upcoming family wedding. I went out and bought some different (but complimentary) fabric for the jacket.

Halfway through sewing them up, two people have both commented with surprise they thought I would use matching fabric.

My ideas were a) each fabric would work well for the designed item in mind b) I'd mix and match them more with my existing wardrobe and c) it would look less formal but still smart.

So - current fashionistas out there, would you mix and compliment your suits or go with matching?

Genuinely curious to hear opinions...I mix and match stuff up all the time with other things I have already made.

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Date: 9/26/13 7:27 PM

I've done both. It makes it easier to have a larger wardrobe that way, and you aren't set in one way or another.

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Date: 9/26/13 7:38 PM

I think it depends on the use. For a suit for going to court or meeting with opposing counsel, I would wear matching pieces. For a family wedding, a mix-and-match suit seems more appropriate, as it is less formal and more in the celebration spirit.

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Date: 9/26/13 8:35 PM

To me, the word "suit" means that the skirt and jacket are the same fabric. I see nothing wrong with wearing a skirt and jacket of complimentary fabrics, I just wouldn't call it a suit.

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Date: 9/26/13 9:45 PM

I prefer mixed textiles. Matching skirt and jacket murmurs "lack of imagination" to me. No one ever threw me out of court for wearing a nonmatching suit but the seventh district may be a little more laid back than some of the others around the country. ;)

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Date: 9/26/13 11:59 PM

I say mix & match!! Have fun and be creative!!

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Date: 9/27/13 0:20 AM

A suit of clothing in men's wear is always the same fabric.So it's correct I guess to define a suit as such.But it isn't very interesting and makes you blend into the backround.I think your idea is much more festive and you can be as poshy or fancy as you want for a wedding--it's a celebration.

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Date: 10/2/13 5:47 PM

thanks for all the feedback, nice to know I am not making an unintended fashion faux pax. I now just need to finish the jacket (skirt finally done today) then will be ready to enjoy the wedding!

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Date: 10/2/13 6:23 PM

Matching pieces are more formal (but not "fancy") - and more conservative.

Coordinated is more fun, more modern, more "fashion forward" (but the "style" has been around for quite some time). I have a very conservative suit that is a grey skirt, rose jacket, and knit top that has stripes of each color, plus a lighter and darker grey. But my favorite suit has a print skirt and grey jacket with trim in the same print fabric.

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Date: 10/6/13 7:12 AM

I would sew the jacket and make two skirts, one matching and one complimentary. Jackets take a lot of time and effort to sew. Simple skirts can be whipped out in an afternoon.

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