5 Easy Tips for Mastering the Pantsuit
We love a good pantsuit on a woman. We like how it adds an extra layer of inimitability and power. Take Hilary Clinton for instance, she is always in a colored pantsuit while taking on the Good Ol’ Boys club. Janelle Monae is known to sport a flashy, stylish pantsuit, and as of late, Blake Lively has been rocking beautifully designed pantsuits to promote her newest movie. Wearing a pantsuit can be a powerful branding tool or just an easy wardrobe option. If you are thinking about buying one or trying to find new ways to wear ones you already have, then here are 5 things to consider.
1) Think About Color
Black, navy, grey, pinstripe—all good neutral colors and staples to have. As you grow your collection, feel free to add vibrant colors and fun patterns. The only caveat, vibrant colors can be showstopping, so you are less likely to wear a colorful suit as often as a neutral suit.
2) Balance Proportions
Give balance to your pantsuit by keeping things proportional. If you are 5’5″ and wearing a pair of baggy, low slung or wide leg pants, then try wearing high heels in order to elongate your legs and prevent yourself from looking frumpy or swallowed up by your clothes.
3) Tailoring is Important
Take your suit to a tailor, if you can afford to. Tailoring is an extra expense, but it’s well worth it. It can turn an average suit into a bespoke suit. However, if you choose not to visit your local tailor, then create a tailored look by sticking to structured pantsuits and slim fitting tops.
4) Contrast Pulls It Together
Use a contrasting blouse or pair of shoes to accentuate your look. When wearing a pantsuit, try to pair it with either funky shoes and a plain top or a fancy top and plain shoes. Or keep a monochromatic color scheme and throw-in a variant with your shoes. For example, imagine a woman wearing a black pantsuit, plain black blouse and red heels. Sleek, right?
5) Spice It Up
Experiment with your look. Don’t be afraid to add a bow tie, suspenders, a brooch or scarf to your pantsuit. For those of you who wouldn’t dare to accessorize with any of the above, try wearing printed tights under your pants or layers under your suit jacket, like a vest or cardigan on top of a button up.
Whatever color or style of pantsuit you wear, always wear it with confidence! Choose a suit that makes you feel comfortable, strong and—most importantly—yourself. Check out the gallery of ladies mastering the pantsuit.