This post was inspired by my own love for dressy pants suits. I bought a sand and white windowpane patterned Hugo Boss suit at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I absolutely LOVE IT (I’ve modelled it in the forum.) It’s the suit I’ve been waiting for and it’s already one of my favourite wardrobe items. I wore it twice last week to different client appointments and felt like a million bucks. I might need to build a capsule of pants suits because they have become my thing, and I would like to make them signature to my style.
Here is the exact suit with the items I have been wearing with it so far. The pants are full length on me, and not cropped.
Personally, I find pants suits easy, comfortable, and versatile. I wear them fluidly tailored so that they are a cinch to move around in. The key is to not wear pants suits too fitted and constricting, so size up if you need to. I make sure the fabric is fairly crease-resistant, so things look polished all day. I don’t wear heels, so my footwear choices go the distance like flat loafers, boots and fashion sneakers. I dress a suit up or down, and wear it with a dressy crossbody bag.
Pants suits are having their fashion moment. They are a true Trendy Classic to my eye. I was delighted to see teens and young adults wear fluid pants suits with, knitted tops, sneakers, and totes or backpacks when I was in the Netherlands in June and July. They looked super cute, even commuting on their bikes. Practical, dressy, and getting on with life.
If you bat for Team Pants Suits, here is some creative inspiration for Autumn and Winter. All of them are a little different to the norm. I vote pants suits for a holiday outfit or dressy occasion option too.
1. Buttoned Up and Pattern Mixed
I LOVE this navy suit, and want it. The navy and tan check is delicious, but most of all, I adore the short blazer and how it complements the wide crops. It’s beautifully chic buttoned up, with plenty of fluidity for movement. The pattern-mixed snakeskin ballet flats are a refined addition, and pick up the tan check. A playfully pretty pants suit, and elegant too.
2. Denim Delight
I LOVE this denim suit and want it too, although it’s not as soft as the other suits. That said, it has stretch and is probably more comfy than it looks. The classic tailored jacket is offset with roomy on-trend cuffed pants. The suit has cinnamon topstitching, so also, a little playful. The patterned turtleneck and snakeskin boots pick up the colour of the topstitching. I’d add knee-highs for warmth, wear flat boots, and leave the blazer unbuttoned.
3. Loosely Suited
This suit is monochromatically black and grey, pinstriped and colour-blocked. If you are after a less structured suit, this is one way to go. The wide legs look really comfy. Click the photo to see the belted version, which allows for waist definition should you prefer it. The dressy flats are a polished and practical addition, and the black turtleneck is an easy warm layer. Feel free to layer with a top that has a neckline to your liking if turtlenecks aren’t your thing. I have the urge to throw in a bright red bag.
This is the most menswear-inspired pants suit. It’s turned into something a lot less strict through the shade of mustard, and with the additions of a graphic tee and athletic sneakers. The whites of the tee and sneakers are a pulled together match. The tee has been tucked, but you can wear it over the pants. Note again how fluid the fit of the suit is. That is what makes it a lot more comfortable and wearable. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired. I LOVE pants suits!