It’s Time to Redefine the Suit
You have our Brand Stylist’s permission to ditch the traditional matching-pants-and-jacket combo for something more...you.
In the workwear world, suits are a classic go-to. Traditionally, they incorporate a few things: elements borrowed from menswear, formal fabrics (think tropical wool, sharkskin), and neutral colors (like black and navy). And usually, they’re styled with a button-down and classic pair of pumps.
Suits never go out of style because there’s something about a matching jacket and bottom that just feels so put-together. But there are other ways to go about styling a suit that allow for a little personality and the opportunity to redefine what suiting means to you.
Personally, I like deconstructing my suits; I find the best pairings when I mix and match suiting pieces with other styles in my closet. After all, style is all about challenging yourself and trying new things—and your outfit can still mean business, even when you mix in some fun elements. Plus, the world as we know it has changed, and it’s okay for your style to change with it.
Here are my five go-to tips that will elevate your suit style to the next level.
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Go for a Relaxed Underpinning
Switching up your underpinning is a great way to ease into non-traditional suiting (baby steps, right?). Try swapping your go-to dress shirt for a relaxed underpinning, like the Rochelle tank, the Mia top, or the Paige tank. This change still gives you a classic suit style, but with extra ease, comfort, and stretch.
Mix Up Your Textures
I’ll say this forever: No, your suit separates don’t need to be made of the same fabric. However, it helps to know which fabrics work best together and which ones don’t. Like all things style-related, this distinction is subjective, but I let the textures guide me. A good rule of thumb is that garments with a similar fabric weight and finish tend to make good pairings. And usually, your outfit feels more polished when those different textures are in a similar color.