Is it just me, or do you also find the traditional suit kind of boring?
Sure, black is classic, and you can never go wrong with solid colored suits, but the conventional blazer and slacks or pencil skirt combo just seems so stiff. Even when you end up mixing and matching these workwear pieces, they somehow still appear inflexible, in the way that there isn’t much room for personal expression.
While paisley print and short skirts may be out of the question, there are ways you can add more interest into your power suit, without sacrificing the original intent of looking like the boss that you are. Even though you’re still expected to follow the etiquette of either business casual or formal, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate your personality into your professional attire.
To give your power suit your own personal touch, do the following:
Make sure your suit fits
There is nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit. In order to look your absolute best in terms of style and respectability, you have to make sure that your tailored separates fit. This Korean-style mid-length blazer, no matter how sleek the design, would look awful if the shoulder pads didn’t sit exactly on your shoulders. Unlike with other kinds of clothing where you might be able to get away with a size smaller or larger than what you normally wear, a suit that doesn’t fit just makes a person look silly.
It’s so important that you feel comfortable in your officewear, given how restrictive it can be. If a store doesn’t carry your size, or none of the items have that fit you’re looking for, go a size up and get it tailored to your shape. You can also get a couple suits tailored to ensure they are the perfect fit.
Don’t be afraid of prints
Solid colored suits can appear rather uptight, so if you feel like changing things up, feel free to explore with some printed pieces. Obviously, there are certain prints that won’t work in strict environments, so you just have to be mindful of your office surroundings, gauge what is acceptable within your workplace. Subtle patterns that work across all offices include pinstripe, windowpane check, and glen plaid. Others like houndstooth, graph check and this Checkered Karylle midi skirt would also be options for office appropriate patterns.
If you’re unsure of the whole printed pantsuit, mix and match with solid color separates to tone it down.
There’s nothing wrong with pairing flats with a suit
Most stylists will probably tell you that heels are the best for power dressing. While heels do offer the height that mirrors empowerment, flats can look just as good, if not better, with your favorite suit. A suit is no less powerful if you replace your peep-toe pumps with Lace-up leather flat shoes; the latter just offers a slightly more masculine vibe without taking away from the formidable nature of your power suit.
As long as your flats are clean, polished, and basically look good as new, there’s honestly no reason why you can’t command the boardroom in Spring pointed flats instead of uncomfortable stillettos.
Add some flair into your suit
Although you don’t want to go to crazy with your suit, you can make adjustments throughout to give your outfit a little something extra. On days you’re wearing a solid hued matching skirt or pantsuit, consider going for a print or a ruffled blouse underneath. Or if you’re going with classics on top, such as a white button-up, opt for an interesting shape at the bottom, perhaps these Wide leg pleated cropped pants or this Peplum pencil skirt. Little details like these that stray from the typical pantsuit silhouette are what help businesswomen make their office wardrobes much more wearable, while still giving them the confidence they need to be as successful as they are.
With a great suit comes the power needed to command the respect of others, though a great suit with your personal touch comes with the confidence that you don’t need to be anyone else but yourself in order to succeed.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.