It’s official: menswear-inspired suiting is officially Hot For Fall ™, though to my way of thinking, that look never goes totally out of style.
Rosiland Russell and Katherine Hepburn in the 40’s made it glamorous,
and in the 80’s Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, and Annie Lennox as Annie Lennox resurrected the look as quirky and androgynous.
While some style writers and consumers find menswear-inspired suiting a boring and reworked trend, as une femme who lives and works in the real world I’m glad to see this look making a comeback. Here’s why:
- A well-designed tailored suit is surprisingly versatile. It can provide a simple canvas that can be accessorized to dress up or down, and paired with on-trend accessories for a more fashionable look or classic accoutrements if the situation requires. A classically styled suit can still look current or even edgy, depending on what you wear with it. Pair the pants or skirt with a leather jacket and boots, or the jacket with jeans to multiply your options and personalize the look.
- Two or three suits in the closet can save a lot of what-to-wear-to-work-today? morning agonizing. You can look put-together without a lot of effort.
- Yes it’s cliché, but a classic pants suit can be worn for years without looking dated. Just keep the accessories either current or classic.
Even though my office has tumbled headfirst down the “Business Casual” rabbit hole, I will probably be re-incorporating (no pun intended) some suits back into my work wardrobe. If you’re of a mind to invest in some suiting, there are some nice options out there now:
Talbots (remember to think outside the box, mes petites. Skip the button down shirt and pair with a silky t-shirt and chunky necklace.)
Banana Republic. (Simple is always good too.)
and if you’re Mad for Glen Plaid, a couple of nice Tahari suits from Nordstrom.com
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