How They Wear Boyish Suits

Style mavens have been popping up everywhere in chic suits. The tomboy equivalent of a dress, a quirky suit requires little styling and can be thrown on in a hurry. Follow in the footsteps of mavericks like Alexa Chung, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Zosia Mamet, and reach for a suit next time you can’t decide what to wear.   

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    Available in a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, prints and colors, there is a suit for every body and every occasion. As these ladies show, you can wear a suit to an awards ceremony, a book launch, or just for running around town by following these basic rules. 

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    PHOTO: Mark Iantosca / Refinery 29

    Ashley Owen

    Owen paired her oversized Hvrminn oxblood suit with a crisp white button-down, Ray-Ban glasses and penny loafers.  To keep the look fresh, she forgoes hair and makeup, resulting in an insouciant, minimalistic look. 

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    Alexa Chung

    To present Christopher Kane with his Fashion Star award during the 30th Annual Night of Stars event last month, Chung donned a jewel-accented, cropped suit from his S/S 14 collection. By scrunching the sleeves, wearing hefty sandals, and keeping her signature hair and makeup unchanged, Chung wears the look with the same ease as a pair of denim cutoffs. 

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Caroline de Maigret

    En route to the Haider Ackermann S/S 14 show, de Maigret opted for a collarless olive green suit and simple black accessories.  Note how the blouse does not have a collar or a high neck? All the better for appreciating the jacket’s neckline. 

    Vanessa Jackman 

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    Zosia Mamet

    Mamet wore a Mulberry Emerald Jacquard Suit for a VH1 concert in New York recently. Her messy bun and simple camisole prevented the look from feeling stuffy. When wearing a darker suit like this for evening, an orangey-red lip really pops. 

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    Lou Doillon

    For a recent Chanel Couture show, Doillon channeled Katherine Hepburn in this oversized double-breasted Chanel suit. Thanks to its rich blue color and her layered necklaces, the look reads bohemian rather than corporate. 

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    Victoria Beckham

    Beckham tempers the drama of her knee-length tuxedo blazer with cropped black pants and a simple white blouse, all from her own collection, at a book launch in London on November 18th

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Street Style

    Oxana Ong bravely wore a three-piece pinstriped suit, complete with a red pocket square. When tackling a look this bold, make sure to follow her lead with stiletto pumps and sleek hair. 

    Stockholm Street Style 

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    Luisa Orsini

    The white bag plays brilliantly off the white buttons on this Louis Vuitton double-breasted, blue wide-legged suit, spotted during Fashion Month. Note that makeup and accessories are minimal. 

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    Taylor Tomasi Hill

    The street style maestro looked ready for business in a Marc Jacobs Plaid Blazer and matching Trousers during Fashion Month. The metallic platform sandals, cat-eye sunglasses, and loose hair provide a feminine counterpoint to the menswear print. 

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Street Style

    The effortless appeal of this suit is based in its slouchy fit, especially styled with a cross-body bag and simple sandals. When wearing an oversized silhouette like these pants, make sure to keep your accessories streamlined. 

    Stockholm Street Style 

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    Whistles

    Alex Leather Collar Jacket ($450) in Black and Rey Carrot Leg Trousers ($155) in Black

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    3.1 Phillip Lim

    Trompe L Oeil Double Breasted Tuxedo Jacket ($695) in Peony and Tuxedo Pant With Inset Stripe At Sides ($475) in Peony

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    Band of Outsiders

    Cabrini Suiting Blazer ($595) in Navy and Cabrini Suiting Pants ($299) in Navy

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    H&M

    Double-breasted Jacket ($50) in Black and Loose Fit Pants ($35) in Black

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    J. Crew

    Tweed Jacket ($248) in Cobalt and Tweed Pant ($168) in Cobalt

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    Madewell x Won Hundred

    Maybe Blazer ($390) in Total Eclipse and Loa Pants ($214) in Total Eclipse

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    Massimo Dutti

    Herringbone Blazer ($245) in Brown and Herringbone Suit Trousers ($99) in Brown

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    Stella McCartney

    Dancey Blazer in Reedly Stretch Virginwool ($415) in Black and Indra Pant in Reedly Stretch Virginwool ($255) in Black

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