After a long hiatus, the pantsuit returns to runways and red carpets this spring. For almost a decade now, wardrobe separates have filled working women’s closets. The practice of mixing and matching clothing pieces reflects the popularity of business casual working environments as well as the trend of using basics to create multiple outfit options. Women, weary of looking like men, also replaced their power pantsuits with feminine skirt suits and dresses.
As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way baby”. Gone are the boxy and boring power pantsuits of the past. Today’s suits stand out for their sartorial superiority and feminine lines; their design features also do justice to women’s curves. Of course the “LBS” (little black suit) remains a classic for business and black tie events, but bold colors like cobalt as well as print ensembles also reign. What one wears underneath a suit depends on personal style as much as the occasion. Options run from classic blouses to lace and jewel embellished tanks. Red carpet celebs also dare to wear multiple strategically placed necklaces in place of any underpinning.
Women poised to put on a pantsuit should follow these styling suggestions:
• Look for styles that flatter body type, proportions and coloring;
• Either buy a suit that fits perfectly or pay for professional alterations;
• Ratchet up a pantsuit’s allure with sensational jewelry and shoes.