How To Find The Right Suit For Your Body

For many women, the idea of a suit conjures up images of Christina Applegate’s oh-so-‘80s padded shoulder power ensembles in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. Good news: the suit has had a come a long way since then, and there are a plethora of flattering styles from which to choose.

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  • So many styles in fact, that navigating the myriad choices—cropped, oversized, boxy, double-breasted, slouchy, and more!—feels confusing at best. That’s where we come in. Since fit is absolutely paramount, we’ve broken down the best two-piece ensembles for every body type, as well as some editor-approved versions to shop. Read on to find out how you should suit up to compliment your style and flatter your body. 

  • Olivia Wilde
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    Olivia Wilde

    Boxy or oversized silhouettes will overwhelm a slim figure, so a fitted suit like Wilde’s is key. While we’re not suggesting you go shirtless, there’s no denying that her body-grazing Gucci ensemble was incredibly flattering at the world premiere of Rush.

  • Danielle Bernstein
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    Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

    If you’re self-conscious about your lower half or merely want to play with a menswear-inspired silhouette, try an elongated blazer with a mid-thigh hemline.

  • Kate Moss
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    Kate Moss

    Although we’re quite certain the supermodel doesn’t have to worry about minimizing any part of her figure, a suit with flared pant legs is a smart choice for balancing wider hips.

  • Street Style
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    Street Style

    Slender women can make the most of intense prints, like this bold plaid from Topshop, which can tend to bulk up other body types.

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

  • Chiara Ferragni
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    Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad

    There’s nothing quite like a vertical stripe to lengthen your frame, and in a head-to-toe suit like the blogger’s Tommy Hilfiger ensemble, the effect is magnified.

  • Christine Centenera
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    Christine Centenera

    The Vogue Australia editor’s Chanel skirt suit is the perfect solution for those on the petite side who are concerned that a blazer and pants combination covers up too much. 

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

  • Jenna Lyons

    At the Blue Jasmine premiere, the J.Crew president/creative director provided a case study in how to pull off a men’s suit in the brand’s Ludlow Tuxedo Jacket ($525) in Navy, Ludlow Slim Tuxedo Pants ($265) in Navy, and Givenchy Canvas Print & Leather Slip On Sneakers ($495). When trying the look for yourself, ask your tailor to take the blazer in slightly at the waist, so your figure isn’t lost. Also: balance with a low-cut top and ankle-baring hem.

  • Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor

    Worried about overwhelming your form? Notice how de Cadenet Taylor made her suit seem less imposing at the Style Awards by wearing the jacket off her shoulders and adding a casual striped shirt.

  • Carolyn Murphy
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    Carolyn Murphy

    Adding curves to a tall and narrow frame can be tricky, but at a screening of Mademoiselle C., the model’s double-breasted blazer by BLK DNM added slight volume at the hips for a more feminine shape. 

  • Nicole Warne
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    Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage

    A slightly cropped blazer, like the Canadian blogger’s ASOS checked version, is great for showing off a small waist and creates curves for a boyish figure.

  • Laura Whitmore
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    Laura Whitmore

    Even shorter women can pull off a cropped trouser leg; just note how the Irish TV presenter paired her suit with a classic pump, which lengthens the leg by exposing the top of the foot.

  • Helena Bordon
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    Helena Bordon

    A bright blue suit is bound to turn heads, perhaps explaining why the Brazilian blogger chose the snap-happy suit to wear with a graphic Brian Lichtenberg t-shirt, Chanel bag, and bright Miu Miu pumps at Milan Fashion Week. Since the bold look is sure to be scrutinized, make sure the fit is on point: a slim pant hem should hit at the top of the foot and the shoulder of the jacket should meet the natural edge of your shoulder.

  • J.Crew Cobalt Tweed Jacket ($248); J.Crew Cobalt Tweed Pant ($168).

  • Band of Outsiders Cabrini Suiting Blazer ($595); Band of Outsiders Cabrini Suiting Pants ($299).

  • Vanessa Bruno Velvet Suit Jacket ($564); Vanessa Bruno Velvet Suit Trousers ($406).

  • H&M Fitted Jacket ($50); H&M Slim-Fit Pants ($35).

  • Theyskens’ Theory Jousse Blazer ($795); Theyskens’ Theory Suitry Skirt ($345).

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