Though suiting up is a sartorial endeavor we typically leave to the boys, we can't help but think it's a look we should sport more often! After all, nothing solves your daily dressing conundrum like throwing on matching separates. Not only does this easy equation yield a perfectly polished ensemble, it also commands a powerful style statement. When it comes to suits, however, we don't mean the basic, office-appropriate black, brown, or charcoal gray sets you may already own. Today, we're highlighting suits that come in all manner of rich colors and textures for a fresh spring update to this classic combo. To help you Get The Look, we've assembled three standout suit options, as well as several essentials to complete the package!
If you fear that this masculine-inspired trend doesn't suit you, we'd like to refer you to Elizabeth Olsen, who was spotted in a lovely tailored version from The Row. The Silent House actress wore the label's Velvet Rottley Jacket ($1890, 800.937.9146) and Velvet Namkesh Pant ($990, 800.937.9146), both from the Pre-Fall 12 collection, while promoting her movie in New York earlier this month. Though Olsen's ensemble is delightfully straightforward, the pantsuit's rust-colored hue and luxe velvet fabrication keep it from appearing too simple. With a few well-appointed pieces, such as The Row's White Cotton Mikan Top ($790, 800.937.9146), Elizabeth and James' Lexington Sunglasses ($155), a black handbag, and Jimmy Choo's snakeskin Lewis Pumps ($550), Olsen pulls off a look that's part tomboy, part sophisticated girl-about-town, and entirely covetable.
Should you feel inspired by Olsen's attire and choose to follow suit, we gleaned a selection of matching top-and-bottom sets and accompanying must-haves for your perusal. Check out the fashion-forward picks that will help you pull off strong suiting!
Comptoir des Cotonniers Mihika Vest ($225, 212.460.5289) and Melphine Pants ($205, 212.460.5289)
Crisp, ivory-colored separates--a sleeveless vest and relaxed trousers--offer a refreshing twist on the traditional suit. We especially adore its versatility: you can wear this version with a simple t-shirt for a sleek, minimalist vibe, or use multiple layers and chunky accessories to create a more visually intriguing getup. Either way, this suit exudes nonchalant elegance, a tricky balance to achieve.
Surface to Air Sunny Blazer V2 ($465) and Savana Shorts V1 in Curcuma ($215)
Even though we can expect the weather to heat up come late spring and summer, we assure you that suits are still a viable option for the swelter! For instance, this smart blazer-and-shorts set crafted from lightweight cotton twill serves as a cool and comfortable way of wearing the trend, plus its bright yellow hue is on-point for the season.
Ann Taylor Compact Doubleweave Cropped Jacket ($158) and Cropped Pants in Dark Azalea ($88)
This budget-friendly rendition would look chic worn separately, but we adore the cropped jacket and slim pants paired together. The vibrant pantsuit composes a playful ensemble that's still impeccably neat and, if you're bold enough to rock pink at the workplace, suitable for the daily grind.
Style It With
Since one cannot wear suits alone, we found a handful of pieces with which to wear the trend. While you could layer a collared button-down shirt under any of our aforementioned options and look effortlessly polished a la Olsen, Banana Republic's Color-Block Top ($70, 1.888.BRSTYLE) in Blue Mirage is a charming alternative. The shirt's simple, fluid shape won't compete with your suit, but it possesses enough interesting detail (thanks to a touch of color-blocking) to enhance your overall look. Add House of Harlow 1960's Carmen Sunglasses ($138) in Light Brown, an easy match for a variety of color palettes, and Rachel Zoe's Joni Hobo ($595) in Black for a boost of edginess. Finally, slip into Kurt Geiger London's Dragon Heels ($350) in White; the lizard-print pumps give your tailored separates a feminine counterpoint that's sure to suit your fancy!--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Elizabeth Olsen, courtesy of Splash News.