Fashion trends: Women in pantsuits

Some attire just makes you stand out. You are a different person once you don those clothes. Suits (that too well-cut ones) are precisely those. Nothing can exude power like a suit. And women wearing suits are just from another world itself. Yet, one has to know the latest trends and the way to wear it to look perfectly drop-dead gorgeous in it.

Upcoming designer and stylist Pooja Sanas who passed out from Times and Trends Academy, feels that a woman wearing a suit signifies confidence. “It shows that she is an independent and a strong woman.”

For Sanhita Dasgupta who is a Myntra Fashion Stylist, a woman in in-vogue pantsuits is what creates the right mark. “Women in pantsuits appear chic, bold and active. Pantsuits signify confidence and the lady wearing them is not afraid to flaunt her femininity in an androgynous and minimal style.”

Fashion has been ever-changing and suits for women are no exception to that rule. Pooja reveals that earlier suits had ruffles, should pads and more structure. “Now, you will find suits that are long and are flowing. Coats are so much into fashion now. Then, we also have suits for women with different fabrics. Fabrics that have sequin and shimmer also have good takers in the market.”

Sanhita goes into a bit of history to make readers understand suits, fashion and women. “In the 19th and early 20th century, women took bolder steps metaphorically by choosing to wear ankle-length divided skirts. The Pre and post WWII saw many women step out of the comfort of their homes courtesy the economical and social changes. So, pantsuits came to be more widely adopted. That was because this style was utilitarian, ranging from mannish to high-waisted zoot suits. Thanks to Yves Saint-Lauren, the 70s became a symbol of breaking free from being utilitarian. Thanks to his line of tuxedos for the ladies, pantsuits made a hot fashion statement. In the 80s, power dressing came into being with mannish silhouettes and padded shoulders. This era of rebels left a mark on pantsuits. Finally, the millennium came to be known for comfortable yet chic slim-fit pantsuits in the first half of 2000. Currently, a wide variety of pantsuits are trending, from wide-legged slouchy ones, to more feminine options.”

Of course, the latest trends need to be understood for them to be followed. Sanhita reveals, “Skinny pantsuits, cropped pants with boxy jackets and all-over-printed suits are few of the latest trends. Experiment with fun colors to make heads turn.” Pooja suggest the ladies could go for long coats to look classy. But one definitely cannot replace long coats with overcoats. “These are two different types. Suits that have long extended sleeves are also cool to be tried. Coats with disco fabrics are a style statement for women these days. One can also go for pinstripe suiting.”

Of course, there are classic suits which many women can still go for without looking the odd woman out in the room. Pooja suggests, “I would say nothing can be as classy as a black suit. A black suit can be worn for a party, prom, office, or any other occasion. Just name an occasion and black will get along.” Sanhita, on the other hand, wants office-going women to be more professional and go for slim fit silhouettes in grey, navy and black. “As for the parties, go bold with prints and colours. Stick to classy strappy sandals to make the suit work every single time.”

Ladies, always accessories to look perfectly best! Pooja suggests statement neckpieces, bow and tie and dazzling bracelets. Sanhita suggests, “From chunky chokers to oversized cocktail rings, almost anything works with pantsuits. Metallic box clutches or chain-strap bags are all you need to jazz up the look. Feeling bold? Go for body chains!”

Avoiding mistakes is also part of looking good. Sanhita feels nothing is worse than a suit full of wrinkles. “Make sure to have your suits absolutely wrinkle-free so they fit you very well. Make sure you nail the fit as that’s the key to looking great in this attire.” Pooja wants the ladies to always wear the suit perfectly and the fitting to be perfect – neither too tight or too lose.

Now that the trick of the trade is revealed, the ladies can head for buying that perfect suit to make themselves look even more smashing.

Suits for every body type

Straight: Focus on the shoulders. Choose suits with detailing on the shoulder.

Pear: Suits with detailing on collar area go well on pear-shaped body. Try choosing the ones in bright colours. Try accentuating the top-half by going for a structured blazer paired with flared trousers. With heels, you can get an elongated silhouette.

Hourglass: It is the perfect shape for all suits. It’s an advantage to go for detailing around the waist. If blessed with a curvy figure, a tailored pantsuit will accentuate your curves well.

Apple: Dark colours go well with this shape and that too, with minimal or zero detailing on the torso. A swing coat and high-waist trousers help in hiding your problem areas. To draw attention to your neck, go for a necklace.

Banana: Choose suits with more detailing on waist. Jackets with a waist belt work well here. Ruffled tops and pleated pants help give the right balance to your figure.

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