A trouser suit – a professional person’s staple in their wardrobe, but can it be used more than just one way in the office? I decided to take on the challenge with you, to make a trouser suit work in 10 different ways with different options!
- The classic – suited and booted. Of course, the most simple and professional way to style your trouser suit is with the full suit, heels, crisp blouse, and jacket over the top. This is the go-to for high end professional looks and works perfectly for office-days and meetings.
- Suited and comfortable. In the current day and age, a suit may feel a little over the top so adding something a little less formal than a blouse can make it more appropriate for working from home. Adding a classic tee can be a great way to tone down the look with your blazer over the top.
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- Bring in some texture. I love adding texture and different fabrics to my outfits and one way to do this with a trouser suit is with knitwear! This is a great way to stay warm and professional during cooler months. Pop your favourite jumper, perhaps a turtleneck or luxurious knitted piece under your blazer and keep your look cosy and professional.
- Style up your shoes. Shoes can be a powerful way to make a suit more professional or on the flip side, more casual. Adding some beautiful sneakers to your suit can be a great way to feel more comfortable during your working day over the stylish and often more office-appropriate stilettos. As a go between, you can use flats too. Another option is the recently more popular platform sneakers, to add some height, particularly if your trousers are tailored to fit with high heels.
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- Add a waistcoat. Waistcoats can be a fabulous addition for men’s suits and women can do the same too. With this additional item it can bring in the waist and work well on warmer days if you may need to take off your blazer.
- Change up your blazer. You can add some personality and difference to your trouser suit by investing in complementary blazers. With the addition of a new pattern, or a complementary colour, you really can drastically change up the way your suit looks.
- Wear jeans. I know, you may be cringing if you are a classic suit wearer but bear with me! A blazer from your suit can upgrade a more casual look quickly. Pop on your favourite jeans, a shirt or even a tee, and then put your blazer on top and you’re now smart casual.
- Accessorise. Whether it’s a scarf, a headband, or your bag, consider making changes to your classic suit look with your accessories. If your suit is a classic colour such as navy or black, adding colour with your accessories can add a pop of personality to your look. Consider investing in a beautiful colourful bag, or some colourful earrings to change up the look.
- Make it a little sexy. Now, this is probably not work appropriate and more suited to date night! Wear your suit with just your blazer and your suit trousers, with heels. Add a long necklace and a great bra and you can really feel powerful and sexy.
- Add a belt. Bring some definition to your suit with a beautiful belt tied in at the waist. A buckled belt that has colour, or a great metal buckle can help define your waist, add some texture, and make the suit totally transform, especially if the blazer is a looser in fit.
I hope this helps inspire you to change up your suit – and I’d love to hear how you get on with trying these new styles, or if you feel I’ve missed some ways to mix up your trouser suit!
Having trained in Fashion Design, and spent 10 years working in the industry, Stefania came to London to share her Italian style secrets and passion for self-expression through One of a Style.
For her, being a personal style coach is about much more than clothes. She takes time to really get to know her clients, kicking off every session with a coffee and chat, to find out what they’re like, as well as what they like, before we get started. Find out more about her services on her website www.oneofastyle.com