Spice Up Your Suit Looks
Whether you wear suits out of work necessity or because you have an undeniable admiration of Melanie Griffith, you can still easily fall into a trap of fashion boredom. But it doesn’t have to be so, as evidenced by the following nine ladies, all of whom jazzed up their business professional wear by playing with color, silhouettes and fab accessories.
THINK BEYOND BLACK AND NAVY
We’re not saying you have to go to rainbow lengths, but to spice things up a bit, think about suiting up in colors other than the traditional neutrals. Rich colors like burgundy or olive green are refreshing without being too crazy.
WEAR A PRINTED SHIRT UNDERNEATH
If you’re wearing this in a work environment, maybe make sure the neck is cut a bit higher, but the general idea is that layering a blazer over a printed blouse makes an otherwise plain gray suit infinitely more fashionable—and modern.
CONSIDER A LOOSER SILHOUETTE
There’s a time and place for fitted pencil skirts, but how can you say no to an equally delicious wide-leg pant? To avoid entering “kid wearing her dad’s clothes” territory, make sure that, even if roomier, your suits are always tailored to your body (specifically the shoulders and the waist).
DRESS IT DOWN WITH A T-SHIRT AND SNEAKERS
If silk blouses and heels aren’t really your style, pair your suit with casual basics like a plain white tee and simple sneakers. There’s something so effortless about this look that, honestly, makes the whole concept far more approachable.
WEAR IT WITH LOAFERS
This is kind of the women’s look of our dreams. Instead of fighting the masculine connotations of a suit with, say, feminine shoes, embrace the menswear trend and pair it with a cool pair of loafers. The bare sliver of ankle is the icing on the cake.
OR LAYER IN SOMETHING STRIPED
If you’re like us, you already wear French-inspired striped shirts on the regular, so why not wear one under a crisp suit? The resulting look is slightly more casual and totally cool.
MIX FEMININE AND MASCULINE
This look is proof that you don’t need crazy colors or dramatic details to make a classic suit look perfectly modern. We especially love the contrast between the androgynous buttoned-to-the-top shirt and the undeniably feminine pointy-toe pumps. (Oh yeah, and that amazing crossbody doesn’t hurt.)
WEAR IT WITH A SKINNY SCARF
A super-simple way to jazz up a plain black suit is to wrap a trendy skinny scarf around your neck. Think of this as a more feminine (and chic) version of a guy’s tie.
OR EXPERIMENT WITH A BANDANNA
This might not fly at a more buttoned-up office, but a bandanna is an even more fashion-forward alternative to a skinny scarf. Best of all, you can get one for, like, four dollars.