Thursday, June 20, 2013

Have You Seen?

If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the Gathering Room at Suited For Success, then it’s time to come back and take a peek.

This great space has recently undergone a lovely makeover, with new carpeting, tables and chairs...

...and even more comfortable places to sit and chat with friends!

With its new layout and charming decor that lends to its cozy atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to host your next gathering.

Call (804) 914-5626 to book the Gathering Room for your next party or event!

Friday, June 14, 2013

It’s a Shoe-In!

When you think of Suited For Success, you’re probably thinking about the gorgeous clothes and fabulous accessories...but did you remember the SHOES?

Now that summer is in full swing, your feet are longing for breezier accommodations, like these snazzy Anne Klein peep toe slingbacks. Who says you can’t give your feet breathing room and still be sophisticated and polished?

Speaking of polish, make sure your tootsies have a coat of polish on them when you wear these great slides- okay, technically they're flip-flops, but how can you call a shoe that’s that gorgeous a flip-flop??

Don’t worry if your toes aren’t quite sandal-ready, because these patriotic American Eagle loafers will give you a very cute excuse to hide them.

If you want the patriotic look, but with a little more high fashion, then try out these peep-toe mary janes. Va-va-va-voom! 

Shoes, shoes, everywhere- with accessories to match! Joann knows it can be tricky to color coordinate when you have a whole store of fabulous fashion to choose from, so she arranges pieces in attractive vignettes to show you how you can put yourself together.  

Like these great pink and purple kitten heel slides- team them up with this bag and this necklace and a pink dress and you’ll be totally chic.

And since you’ll pay so much less at Suited For Success, it’s the perfect place to forget about “investing in the basics”, and instead try out something new and a little bit fun, like these garden-inspired wedges.

Or these bright and summery and oh-so-easy-to-wear aqua thongs- this cool color is HOT this season!

So if you’re ready to kick off your heavy winter shoes and give your feet some fresh air, come on down to Suited For Success! It’s a shoe-in for fabulous footwear!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Congratulations to Our Giveaway Winner! PLUS Fab End-of-Year Teacher Gifts

Congratulations to (drumroll please)... 

nerfkoalas (at) gmail (dot) com! 

You were selected as our Summer Style Giveaway Winner! And what exactly is a nerf koala anyway? Just curious... ;-)

Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time- lots more giveaways to come, so if you know anyone who likes free stuff, be sure to pass along a link to this blog to them and encourage them to sign up to be on our mailing list. 

Speaking of summer style, the last day of school before summer break is only a week away! Have you had a chance to pick up something special for your kids’ teachers yet? If not, no worries- as usual, Suited For Success has you covered!

Check out these gorgeous 3-way roses.

Use the elastic band, the lapel pin, or the alligator clip and the teacher can attach it anywhere she wants some chic style!

 And speaking of chic, how about these elegant monogrammed cloth napkins?

 We have a great selection to choose from.

If you really want to put a smile on her face, try some bling with these classic bangles. 

Or, if she’s more of a fashionista, add even more sparkle with these unique styles.

What good teacher doesn’t need to be organized? Help her out with one of these oriental-inspired makeup bags.

Nothing says style like a silk scarf- give her one of these that she can grab on her way to class and feel totally put together.

A long summer break is the perfect time for teachers to pamper themselves!

Help them out with a gift from this luscious line of body care essentials. 

Just because a teacher is with the kids all day doesn’t mean she has to feel like one! Give her one of these “big girl” change purses or lipstick cases to help her feel feminine and special every time she opens her purse. 

Reading glasses may be a sign of aging, but they don’t have to be sign of boring! Protect her specs with one of these bright, fun eyeglass cases and make them easy to find when she’s lying on the beach with a good book this summer.

 Still “puzzled” about what to get that special teacher in your life? Well, don’t be! These adorable angel puzzles will be just the thing to get her ready for a new class of angels next fall! 

These are just a few of the fantastic teacher gifts available at Suited For Success- stop in the store to find a trove of more unique and fun treasures that are sure to make that teacher smile. And don’t forget- gift cards also make wonderful gifts! Open up a world of fashion, friends, and fun to some of the most special people in the world- teachers!

How are you going to spend your summer break?

Monday, June 3, 2013

$50.00 Gift Card Giveaway EXTENDED!

Did you forget to enter the giveaway or forget to tell your friends? Don’t worry! The $50.00 Gift Card Summer Style Giveaway deadline has been EXTENDED to Thursday, June 6th at 12 noon! There’s still time to enter!

Check out the post from last week to see how easy it is to enter to win a $50.00 gift card to Suited For Success!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Style Giveaway- EXTENDED!

Now that Memorial Day is over, it’s clear:
Summertime is FINALLY here!

It’s time to ditch those jeans and boots and slide into some slinky summer sundresses! 

Today we not only have a preview of some fab dresses in the store, but you have the chance to win a $50- yes, $50 gift card!!

What will you use it for if you win?

How about this floral chiffon frock? The muted natural florals, spaghetti straps and romantic off-the-shoulder ruffles are so this season.

Or maybe you like to keep it light and fun, but stay protected from the sun- just imagine sipping a cocktail in this tropically inspired ensemble.

Feeling patriotic? This chic sundress is all-american denim with a sateen shine. The great a-line shape and a matching belt keep it modern- add some festive red accents, like this fabulous hat, bag, and shoes, and baby, you’re a firework!

These shoes are just delicious, aren’t they?

Shine brighter than the sun with this long, lemony, figure-flattering, empire-waisted maxi dress. Pair it with some citrus accessories and you’ll be sparkling with summer sweetness! 

If cooler hues are your summer style, then shimmy into this chic sheath and slip on some ocean blue slides. You’ll have it made in the shade with a gem of a necklace that shines like the deep blue sea.

Remember, Suited For Success has everything you need to spruce up your summer style, from cute sundresses like these to shorts, tanks, skirts, sandals, and, of course, all the accessories to get you totally glam. 

Want to win a $50 shopping spree? Here’s what to do:

1. MANDATORY entry- if you want to be entered to win, you must be a follower of The Sophisticated Suitcase via blogger OR enter your e-mail address in the box at the right sidebar where it says, “Follow the Sophisticated Suitcase by E-mail” (scroll up and you’ll see this just below and to the right of the first photo in this post, or you can click the link that says “Subscribe by email” at the bottom of this post just below the comment box). If you’re not a follower, you can’t win! If you are already a follower, just leave a comment and let us know and you will be entered to win.

2. Bonus entry- share this post on facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or your own blog- just leave a comment here and let us know where you shared and you’ll get a second entry (but remember- you MUST be a follower by entering your e-mail address or this entry won’t count).

It’s as easy as that! Entries close on Monday, June 3rd Thursday, June 6th at 12 noon (giveaway extended!), after which we will draw a winner. Winner will be posted Monday Thursday evening. 

Remember, when you follow the Sophisticated Suitcase, you’ll receive notifications about new items in the store and find out about exclusive blog-only promotions, discounts, and shopping events that aren’t shared with our facebook followers or newsletter. You get to see previews of what’s new in the store AND we hook you up with all kinds of goodies. It’s a win-win! 

So enter to win your $50 gift card TODAY! (And don’t forget to tell your friends!)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Here Comes the Bride

It’s that time of bells are ringing all over Richmond! And, as most brides know, if you didn’t order your dress back in 2012, then you’re out of luck if you’re getting married this summer. Between special orders, altering, fittings, and more altering, getting the perfect gown can take for. ev. er. 

But if you didn’t say yes to the dress six months ago and your big day is coming up soon, no need to panic! Suited For Success has gorgeous gently used wedding dresses from some of your favorite designers, and you can rest assured that you will be paying a LOT less than you would at a pricey bridal boutique while still getting that same boutique experience!

Even if you already have your dream dress, there are many brides who are opting to purchase a second dress just for the reception. (Because we all know when it comes to dresses, two is better than one, right?) Suited For Success is a perfect place to pick a party dress for the stylish bride. Plus, we have a huge selection of suits for the mother of the bride and chic party dresses for your friends- bring the whole crew!

Check out a few of these gorgeous selections...

This ivory marvel from Jessica McClintock combines delicate details with a simple A-line silhouette. The dainty straps provide support while still keeping the look clean and modern.

The beading adds a touch of sparkle while the lacy appliques bring a romantic feel to this gown.

Speaking of romance, how about this sleeveless chiffon gown from David’s Bridal? Ruffled layers gather at the side waist creating a flattering and beautiful detail. 

The flowered beading on the bust line is impeccable.

Cascading ruffles...

...with just a hint of sparkly beading peeking out from between.

This one-shouldered gown by Jasmine is a dress for a bride with a sense of fun.

The delicate beads and pearls descend down the skirt of this dress like shooting stars.

Perfect for the Fourth of July bride?

So if your big day is coming up quickly and you still need your fantasy gown, come by Suited For Success and let us make you look like a million bucks- without spending a million bucks!

(And don’t forget about our amazing selection of elegant jewelry to add that finishing touch!)

Are you going to any weddings this summer? Maybe your own? ;-) Leave a comment and tell us about it! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Shop at Suited For Success

10. Selection, Selection, Selection! Think about it: at a regular retail store the size of Suited For Success, you’d be looking at rack after rack of the SAME pants or tops. BO-ring! At Suited For Success, nearly every piece is completely unique! You get all your favorite name brands without having to go to LOFT, then to DKNY, then to Lane get the idea.

9. The Experience- Suited For Success is a consignment store that feels like anything BUT a consignment store! The tastefully curated fashion is thoughtfully arranged into a pleasing aesthetic that will make you feel like you’re in a New York City boutique. It’s a high-end experience WITHOUT the high-end price tag.

8. The Designers- Where can you find Kate Spade, Anne Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, and J. Crew all together? (Well, other than New York Fashion Week.) At Suited For Success, of course! Don’t take your chances surfing the internet to find these gently used name brands. Instead, enjoy a hands-on experience with all your favorite designers.

7. The Service- You haven’t experienced service until you’ve had the pleasure of Joann’s expert help at Suited For Success. Joann not only has superb style, she’s a pro at giving YOU superb style as well! Joann’s kind guidance and pressure-free shopping assistance is sure to put a smile on your face. Joann isn’t just a cashier like at those other clothing stores- she’s your personal fashion guru!

6. The Guiltless Pleasure- Maybe you’re dying to freshen up your wardrobe, but your closet is already overflowing with stuff you don’t wear. At Suited For Success you get the best of both worlds- bring in your gently used name brand clothes and let Suited For Success turn them into cash! Then turn around and get more great stuff at fantastic low prices. It’s a win-win.

5. The Convenience- Why battle the traffic on Midlothian Turnpike when Chesterfield’s cutest clothing boutique is just minutes from your front door? Skip the craziness of the mall and slide into a parking spot right in front of Suited For Success. Then it’s just steps into a cozy fashion treasure trove!

4. The Prices- Did we mention the prices? We know you want that gorgeous Coach purse- but we know you don’t want to pay the Coach price tag! At Suited For Success we’ve got you AND your wallet in mind. Don’t spend outrageous prices when SFS has what you want for LESS!

3. The Location- Not only is Suited For Success convenient to your neighborhood, but it’s tucked into a shopping center with everything you need. Pop on in while your car is getting an oil change at Firestone, grab a bite to eat at Top’s China, Domino’s Pizza, or Wendy's after you’re done shopping. And for all the deal divas out there, Big Lots is right next door. Plan your next morning out around Suited For Success!

2. One Stop Shop- So you’re ready to infuse some new style into your closet this season, but you also need a gown for that special occasion- no need to drive all over town, we’ve got you covered! At Suited For Success you’ll find everything from jeans to blazers to mother-of-the-bride dresses and prom gowns! Why waste gas when you can have it all in one store?

1. It’s More Than a Store- Suited For Success is about fashion, fun, and...friends! Our fantastic Gathering Room is a gorgeous space that’s perfect for your next book club meeting, bridal shower, baby shower, or girls’ night out. Joann is the most gracious hostess you’ll ever meet, and she’ll help you plan an afternoon or evening your guests will never forget!

So the next time you’re hunting for that perfect look, searching for a place to host a party, looking to clear out some clothes clutter, need some fashion advice, or just want to have some FUN, look no farther than Suited For Success! It’s the neighborhood store where fashion, friends, and fun all come together!