A classic suit is a staple in any professional woman's wardrobe, but it can be difficult to find fresh new ways to style your go-to suit. In this post, I will show you how to wear one suit all week without anyone catching on ;)
The suit that I'm using is a single-breasted navy pinstripe skirt suit from Club Monaco (but don't get me started on how their website only offers a 'suit' category on the men's page). The jacket has two buttons and a centre vent at the back. The skirt is a pencil skirt with an invisible side zipper. It's elegant, classic and very easy to wear.
Mondays are hard, so keep it simple. Pair your suit with a feminine blouse and nude pumps for an easy-to-wear outfit. Add an elegant watch and you're ready for action.
When you're shopping for tops, look for blouses with metallic hardware, interesting pleats or rich textures to add interest to your outfit. Remember that you don't need to break the bank to find nice work tops - I found the cream number above at H&M.
Finish off your look with a classic pair of nude pumps. Nude pumps create the illusion of a longer leg since they don't interrupt your silhouette at the ankle the way that a darker shoe does.
Tackle Tuesday with a totally different look. Pair the pencil skirt with a lightweight knit sweater and statement necklace. You can get more wear out of your suit by breaking it up. If this look is too simple for your taste, add a shirt with a Peter Pan collar under the sweater for an extra element of interest.
Finish off your outfit with a pair of ballet flats. Look for flats with an almond or pointed toe for an elegant and elongating silhouette.
This look is one of my favourites! Take the pencil skirt from your suit and pair it with a vibrant blazer. I found this patterned blazer at Ann Taylor. If patterns seem daunting, try a solid blazer in a colour that compliments your suit bottom. For example, a blush boyfriend blazer would also look great with this navy pinstriped skirt.
When you're rocking a bold blazer, keep your shoes and shirt simple so that they don't compete with the rest of your outfit. Happy hump day!
Finish out the week by pairing your suit jacket with a great work dress. Since suit jackets are typically more formal than blazers, relax the piece by cuffing the sleeves (bonus points for a cute lining!). Use the conservative suit jacket to balance out a playful dress like the one above. I found this dress at my favourite online store, Boutique 1861.
A suit jacket can also add structure to a flowy dress, making it more appropriate for a business-formal office. If you have a work dress with long sleeves, cuff the dress and jacket together so that the pattern peeks out.
TGIF! Casual Friday can be tricky to navigate and a structured suit jacket is an excellent way to dress up denim for the office. Pair dark jeans (as a rule of thumb, avoid light blue or distressed denim at work) with a nautical shirt and your suit jacket for a relaxed Friday look.
Loafers are a great alternative to ballet flats at work. They give your outfit a cool 'menswear' feel and are super comfy on tired Friday feet.
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And there you have it! Five great ways to wear one classic suit. How do you get the most wear out of your suits? Let me know in the comments below!