We’ve witnessed a rise in the trend of women wearing suits, whether that be for business wear, weddings or even social outings – and having seen a countless number of celebs opting to team up a suit jacket with a pair of trousers or shift skirt, the trend looks set to continue.
However, for those women who haven’t ventured into the wonderful world of suits, it can make for somewhat of a daunting task. For example, establishing how the suit should fit or deciding what to wear with it to ensure it’s appropriate for the event in question can make for tricky obstacles. Instead of avoiding these problems by wearing something else however, we’ve provided you with some handy tips which should help you find the perfect suit and get you well on your way to becoming a suiting aficionado.
How it should fit
The fit of the suit is something that’s crucial to get right. In the same manner a misfitting dress can ruin your look, a suit also needs to sit right on your body. Ill-fitting suits can leave you looking lazy and unbothered by your appearance, and will make for a look which is a far cry from the slick ensemble you had in mind.
So if you want to look the part here are the key considerations to take into account.
We’ll start with the shoulders as the impact they have on your look can go unnoticed if you haven’t worn many suits. The shoulders on your suit jacket should sit in line with your shoulders. They shouldn’t extent past your shoulders (as this will make you look broader than you actually are) or be too narrow (which will cause an uncomfortable fit).
Moving on to the general length and width of your suit. This can be tricky as women’s jackets can come in a cropped style as well as a regular full-length style. For formal events you’ll want to steer clear of any cropped variations, so a regular jacket should fall between your hip bones and your knuckles while your hands are by your side. This will ensure that your shirt or blouse isn’t left sticking out from behind. Additionally, you’ll want no more than 1-2 inches of space when pulling at the front of the jacket, this should allow you enough room to reach your inside pocket without it looking too loose.
Your sleeves should reach somewhere between your wrist and the start of your thumb. Some women opt for a shorter sleeve length with it reaching 1-2 inches above their wrist. This is a great look for warmer weather, however it needs to be done with care as there’s a fine line between a stylishly shorter sleeve and one that looks ill-fittingly short.
Moving on to the bottom half, a suit jacket can be teamed up with trousers or a shift skirt just as easily, however in order to maintain a formal look you’ll want to adhere to a couple of rules. Firstly, avoid having your shirt or blouse on show from the back of your jacket. If you’re wearing a shorter blazer then you can opt for high waisted trousers/skirt to help ensure the gap remains covered.
Secondly, you’ll want to get the length of the trousers/skirt correct. Trousers should fall straight and avoid gathering on your choice of footwear. Cropped trousers should come just above your ankles and can make for a versatile choice of trousers as they can be worn with a range of different sized heels and styles of footwear. Your skirt should be at least to knee length to maintain a formal guise. Anything shorter is better catered for informal social outings as it can lack the modesty required in many formal settings.
A suit should help to deliver an outfit which is modest to a degree and oozes class, therefore ensuring you get the fit spot on is crucial. A tailored suit will grant you the best possible fit as off the rack suits struggle to cater for the wide range of body shapes and sizes. Ensure your suit falls in line with the points we’ve mentioned above and you’ll be well on your way to creating a formal look to remember.