Oftentimes, people look back at their parents’ sartorial choices and say “what were they thinking?!” Luckily, I am blessed with an exceptionally stylish mother who has passed down her appreciation of quality garments and practically ruthless approach to finding the best deal on them possible.

This weekend, she came to visit me in Washington, DC for a ladies’ shopping day. After tearing through several stores, we finally landed at our favorite, Bloomingdale’s. Here, I found the holy grail of chic 70s fashion, as worn by fabulous style icons of the era: the white suit.
Bianca Jagger wore it to her wedding with Mick Jagger.

John Travolta wore it in Saturday Night Fever.

And my mom wore it in London, 1974, to marry her first husband.

The suit was by Tahari, exclusively for Bloomingdale’s, in the “Career Chic” area of the store, on sale, with an extra 30% off! The jacket fit flawlessly, if not a touch oversized, so I would recommend grabbing a smaller size than you normally wear.

The pants fit well in the waist, but ran very wide through the hips and thigh. Luckily, the store offers an in-house tailoring service that came to meet me in the dressing room to help alter the trouser legs to a slimmer fit. I kept the wide leg at the bottom for the 70s touch I’ve been so enjoying this season!

With tailoring, the whole suit clocked in at under $200. I’d like to find a subtly tropical printed silk blouse to pair with it; readers, any suggestions?

The trousers will be ready for pick up in 10 days – I’ll keep you posted on how they look! The Tahari suit isn’t available on the Bloomingdale’s website, but you can find a similar one at J. Crew (Jacket / Pants) if need be.

Happy shopping, and remember that sometimes the latest (and best) trends are found closer to home than you’d think.

Written by Ryan
Ryan is a southern guy now living in New York City. From business to casual, his style covers a broad spectrum. He loves a great suit, but also appreciates the freedom of an un-tucked shirt and letting loose. Find him on Twitter at @RyanShell.