Never underestimate the power of a well dressed individual. Feminine menswear or suiting for women is something we don’t talk about enough. Understanding feminine menswear and the art of suiting starts with the understanding of coordination, fit and silhouette i.e. tailoring. I’d like to think that the best suits always have a seamless, fluid silhouette that’s well proportioned. Suiting is an essential part of style as the subject covers everything from suiting for the workplace as well as formal and semi-formal gatherings.
Women’s suiting is so striking and refreshingly unique. In an age of little black dresses, be a suit–complete with slacks and a crisp blazer. Film and TV power-house actresses Sarah Paulson and Zendaya can teach us all a thing or two about the art of suiting.
Single-breasted or double? Boyfriend or business? Coming in a variety of styles and fits the blazer is the centerpiece and main component of suiting. The blazer is a wardrobe essential as it’s considered to be as versatile and iconic as the biker jacket.
Classic Double-Breasted Blazer–$2,295 Balmain
Long Parke blazer in navy herringbone English wool–$ 248 J. Crew
Soft & Sleek Double-Breasted Novelty Button Blazer–$158 Express
Leg- Elongating Slacks
When it comes to feminine menswear, I always encourage, leg-elongating slacks oppose to skirts. Skirts are of course acceptable; however, skirts are more traditional than slacks. A part of style is rebellion–and going against what’s popular (trends). Always one to go against the grain a little, relaxed wide leg pants are also a great combo with a mid-size boyfriend styled blazer.
Eric High-Waist Front Pleat Pants–$398 Alice + Olivia
Theory Solid Straight Leg Jeans $345
Casey Boot-Cut Pants–$59 Misook
Stilettos are the standard, and its worth mentioning that that (narrow) wedges are also acceptable. Suiting is dictated by the coordination of 3 things, the blazer, the bottom (slacks or skirt) and the shoe. You’re not at the club! Professional settings will likely call for something a bit more formal than your peep-toe or gladiator heel.
Blade Modern Love–$750
Blade– $720 Casadei