How to Rock a Pantsuit - Election Day Special Edition

First, some important Election Day info

  1. Need a ride to the polls? Rideshare is offering free and discounted rides: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-lyft-uber-zipcar-maven-election-day-rides-20161107-story.html
  2. Need to know where to go? Got you covered: http://www.vote411.org/
  3. Someone giving you a hard time at the polls? 1-866-OUR-VOTE or https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-guide-to-voter-intimidation-and-how-to-report-it/2016/11/07/bf44ee2a-a51e-11e6-8042-f4d111c862d1_story.html
  4. Need some Election Day deals? http://fortune.com/2016/11/07/election-day-deals/ and http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/11/04/election-day-deals-freebies-and-dining-experiences/93169672/

Now that we've taken care of business, on to more pressing matters... How to take a boring old pantsuit from ashy to classy.

Me...oh...20 years ago.  The pantsuit never goes out of style.

Me...oh...20 years ago.  The pantsuit never goes out of style.

  • It's the cut! Single-breasted with lapels looks good on everyone. Double-breasted is cool if you have a small bust and relatively slim middle. But don't stop there - take a page out of Hillary's book (cause that girl has a mean suit game) and try the Nehru or Mandarin collar. Feeling daring? How about a military inspired jacket? Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham always slays the tuxedo look and you can reliably swap that in for the little black dress.
  • Work your waist Consider the kimono jacket - the belt gives waists of any size definition and can give a peplum-type look.
  • Don't stick to blue, grey, or black. Colors do have meaning, but feel free to play around. While red conveys power and white conveys purity (or solidarity with a certain, important class of women...), don't be afraid to show some creative flair and rock an orange pantsuit. Just keep your accents neutral (camel is a good choice as is off-white) and let the suit itself steal the show.
  • Jacket + trousers = pantsuit. You can mix and match; just keep things in the same cut and color family. Try tonal blues - a dark blue jacket with lighter blue pants is always a fabulous look.
  • Accessorize! A great way to make the pantsuit look your own is with a beautiful silk scarf. My personal favorites are Hermes and scarves from Bimba y Lola, but if you are on a budget, check thrift stores for great options and try Corciova scarves from Amazon - these aren't silk but you'll get great quality scarves for a good price point. Need scarf tying inspiration, check out the Hermes Silk Knots app, available for both Android and iOS.
  • Work on your blouse game. Take a cue from Melania and invest in a few classic pussy bow blouses. This is a vintage look that's getting a lot of attention this year and these blouses are easily found in thrift stores or at Gucci for $1000 (your choice). You could wear the same suit practically every day and as long as you switched up your blouse and shoes have a different look. Men have been doing it for years.
  • Clash carefully If you keep your patterns in the same color family, there's nothing wrong with having a bit of fun with prints. Try a small polka-dot print blouse with a pinstripe suit.
  • Switch up your shoe style. Pumps are always a classic, but an oxford looks good on just about everyone. Want to go a bit more ladylike, but keep it classic? Try a kiltie style, a structured platform boot (if the trousers are skinny fit), or channel your inner #girlboss with spiked or studded heels or loafers.
  • Finish it off with a badass structured bag. Briefcases are big, bulky, and boring. Hold everything together with a structured tote. Bags with frames and hardware look best. You can never go wrong with a bag from Tumi.

All in all, Stay Classy, my friends. The pantsuit never goes out of style - I was rocking it with pumps and pearls back in '96.

You'll be shattering both mirrors and glass ceilings.

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