Styling Your Suit

June 21, 2008 • Magazine

Styling Your Suit

Styling Your Suit

Sat, 2008-06-21 07:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Chances are you have an “interview suit”. You know – the suit that you invested in and wear to important interviews and work events. It is probably a neutral color and on the conservative side, and it probably languishes unworn in your closet except for the aforementioned occasions. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. You can and should wear that suit more often, especially if you splurged on something high quality, like this amazing Armani number. Besides the obvious route of splitting up the pieces, there are a number of other ways to make that suit work overtime.

Since your suit is most likely a neutral like black, gray, or beige, it will work well with a variety of colors. Going bright and bold is usually one of the best ways to liven up those basic shades, and this is no exception. Wearing a colorful print top under your suit is probably the easiest way to make a major change; this luscious ombre tank by Theory would do the trick. You could also do a dramatic silhouette, like this McQ by Alexander McQueen blouse. The ruffled neckline adds a haute couture element to even the plainest suit; in fact, a severely tailored style would probably work best.

Of course, accessories are another way to add some personality to a basic suit. A pair of metallic pumps or sandals, a standout bag, or some statement jewelry all work; a vivid scarf – for instance, something by Pucci or Pucci-esque – is quite possibly the quickest option. Drape it around your neck and you are good to go.

Of course, shoes with some sex appeal like these studded Corso Como platforms never hurt either. Unfortunately, those might not be appropriate in all offices, but it is always a good idea to have a pair of glamorous shoes and some evening-ish jewelry on hand. After all, you never know where your day may take you and a woman should always be prepared.

pictured top to bottom

Theory ‘Bino – Blend’ Ombré Top $215

McQ – Alexander McQueen Ruffle Collar Blouse $205

Armani Collezioni Featherweight Wool Jacket and Pants $1295, $575

Emilio Pucci Twill Madder Pizzo Print Scarf $150

Corso Como Gia Platforms $160

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