As longtime readers may know, Theory is one of the first brands I “invested” in as a young professional. I wore their suiting in my first outfit post (major throwback to the days of taking point & shoot photos in my cramped apartment kitchen!) and blogged other favorites in my 2010 posts. Although these pieces were a splurge, I still reach for them now -years and years later- when I want to look effortlessly put-together and professional.
Theory’s designs may change a bit seasonally, but what appeals to me is the core of the brand: tailored pieces with an emphasis on quality fabric. Since several of you expressed interest in environmentally responsible apparel, I’m also excited to share their Good Wool collection. You can read about the collection background, from sourcing to production. The resulting product is a lightweight, comfortable stretch wool fabric that moves with you and is pretty wrinkle-resistant.
Fit-wise, I was thrilled to find that Theory’s Good Wool Clean Blazer is actually one of their most petite-friendly styles, with a nice slim fit throughout the shoulders and torso, and a 3/4 style sleeve that does not require any alterations on me! If you look at some of my older Theory blazers, I’ve been partial to this open front design with no lapel, for a very sleek look.
The matching Good Wool Classic Skirt fits small at the waist compared to other brands, and would look sharp on a petite frame (I’d get 2 inches of length hemmed). I couldn’t zip it up in my current state, but will say it looks a little more shapely like a pencil skirt than the stock images appear. This skirt in sz 00 should fit someone my pre-pregnancy size at the higher waist. The Good Wool pants I tried on measure a little wider across the waist, for a lower-rise fit.
I don’t always believe in strict coordinates, even with suiting, so I mixed fabrics here by adding a crepe trench (sleeves shortened) and pull-on pants. These pants are made of a stretchy, fluid, unlined crepe material. The very slightly different navy hues look close enough to me, and my growing belly appreciates the forgiving elastic-back waistband!
Measurements of pieces in size 00, for reference:
Good Wool Clean Blazer: 14″ across shoulders, 15.5 across underarms, 19.5″ long sleeves, 23″ length.
Coordinating Good Wool Skirt (not pictured): 12.25″ across waist, 25.5″ total length.
Pull-On Pants: 12.75″ across waist when lying flat (very stretchy), 16.5″ across hips, 8.75″ rise, 25″ inseam.
Thank you to Theory for partnering on this post.