How do you feel when you put on a suit? More powerful? Like you can take on the world. There’s a reason they’re called a “power suit”. You can wear a suit for work or for a special event. Let’s take a look below at the best suits for women to choose for any occasion.
First, reasons to choose a suit
1. Suits for women are having a style moment
Just a few years ago, a matching suit was seen as a bit old-fashioned and separates were considered the on-trend choice. However, matchy-matchy suits are definitely back in style. Read on to see some designer choices on the Fall catwalks.
Cathy @themiddlepageblog above (read her style interview here) opts for an eye-catching style in orange that looks beautiful with her hair color. You can see more ideas on how to wear orange in this article.
Steal her look with this similar blazer, trousers, shirt (another option here), sandals and sunglasses.
2. Suits are flattering when proportions are right
Wearing a suit in one color creates a long and lean silhoutte.
If you want to ensure your legs look even longer, choose pants you can wear your heels under. Shorter women may also look better with a shorter jacket to create the illusion of longer legs.
If you don’t want to look wider on top, a single breasted jacket can be a good choice. Of course, the opposite may be true for you – perhaps you’re a pear shape and want to balance your top half with your bottom half, in which case a double-breasted look could work.
As with everything, it’s about choosing a style that looks good on your body type.
3. Suits can be worn for many occasions
Suits work for every occasion. For a party, for work, casually with sneakers. You can wear a suit to a wedding.
Carmen @carmen_gimeno above shows how you can style your suit with sneakers for a more casual look.
Check out these suit sets from J.Crew (blazer and pants), L’AGENCE (blazer and trousers) and MODFUL, turtleneck top, sneakers and clutch.
4. Suits are versatile
As well as being able to wear your suit anywhere, a suit is incredibly versatile. You can wear the pieces as separates, teaming your blazer with your jeans, or your suit pants with a different jacket.
5. You can wear suits in any season
Linen in the summer, wool in the winter, you’ll find the best suits for women to suit the weather where you are.
Georgette @grownandcurvywoman above (read her style interview here) opts for an on-trend pink suit. This shade of pink is one of the new season’s biggest color trends. She adds warmth in the cool weather by wearing a sweater under her suit.
Recreate her outfit with this similar suit set, top, booties and hoop earrings.
6. Suits usually come as separates
This means you can choose different sizes on top and on the bottom to get a fit that works for your figure.
On trend designer options
As mentioned, suits are very much on trend at the moment. Below, you can see how the designers styled suits on the catwalks for the new season.
Fendi – Ralph Lauren – Michael Kors Collection
Best suits for women
Now, let’s move onto some of the suits choices you could opt for in stores now, from neutrals to brights, suits that work for work to those that would be best suited to casual days.
J.Crew always has a select choice of suit styles. If you find one particular style is best for you, you’ll find it tends to be in stock season after season in slightly different colors.
Willa Blazer in Italian City Wool – Willa Full-length Flare pants in Italian City Wool
2. massimo dutti
In a very classic suit style, the suit below has a point of difference as it is leather. You could wear together for a night out with heels and a camisole. Or, you could separate the two and wear the jacket with your jeans, or dress the pants casually with a sweater and sneakers.
Nappa Leather Blazer – Nappa Leather Trousers
For an on-trend choice, you could try a colorful suit like the emerald green option from H&M below.
Single-breasted Jacket – Dress Pants
4. ted baker london
For a different, modern, look you could try a shorter, cropped-style jacket. Choosing a shorter jacket can make your legs look longer and your torso shorter, so is a good tip if you feel that is where your figure needs some balance.
Kelsya Double Breasted Crop Blazer – Kelsyat Wide Leg Trousers
5. KAREN MILLEN
If you’re looking for suits in bright colors, or with interesting detailing on them, then Karen Millen is a good starting point. The suit below comes in a beautiful blue shade that would flatter all skin tones.
Oversize Soft Tailored Jacket – Slim Leg Pants
Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) wears the Moreland jacket and Colby pants from M.M.LaFleur. Check out this similar pair of loafers, top and earrings to complete the look.
One of the benefits of M.M.LaFleur is they have a lot of options you can choose to put your suit together. For example, you can also wear the jacket (below) with this matching dress and jogger pants.
The Moreland Jacket – The Colby Pants
If you’re looking for a suit that you can wear during the evening or to a special event, then you could think about the material choice you opt for. For example, the Mango suit (below) is a satin material.
Satin Double Breasted Blazer – Satin Suit Pants
Checks are always on trend, and are a particularly suitable choice for the cooler months. The suit below has small checks and comes with a pair of flattering, on-trend wide leg pants.
Houndstooth Check Recycled Polyester Blend Blazer – Check Suit Pants
Coast tends to be a good choice if you are looking for occasion suits. The yellow suit (below) has tuxedo styling and would definitely stand out for the right reasons.
Edge To Edge Tuxedo Blazer – Wide Leg Trousers
10. another tomorrow
Red always makes a statement. The slim-line Another Tomorrow suit (below) would look beautiful for a conference or event.
Single Button Blazer – Classic Trousers
If you like to have a suit that comes as a set rather than choosing separates, the Marycrafts suit (below) comes in a good choice of colors, and has good reviews. Women who have tried it say it is well made and flattering. This is a good choice for all sizes as it goes up to a size 22.
Marycrafts Blazer Pant Suit Set
The suit below comes in a choice of single and double breasted styles so you can choose the one that best flatters your figure. Reviewers say it looks classy and has some stretch to it, which helps with fit, and it comes in a good range of sizes up to extra large.
If you really want to look businesslike, then take some inspiration from menswear, and opt for a stylish three-piece suit like the Lisueyne suit (below).
What to wear with your suit
Now, let’s take a look at what you could wear with your suit.
Melissa @melissabultburns above chooses a sweater and flip flops with her green suit.
Get her look with this similar blazer and pants from Karen Millen, top, sandals and clutch.
Tops to wear with the best suits for women
H&M Single-breasted Jacket – H&M Dress Pants – COS Printed Shirt – COS Square-toe Leather Loafer – Lubardy Laptop Tote – Karine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings
Depending on how dressy or casual you want to be, you could wear anything from button-down shirts to t-shirts with your suit.
COS Slim Fit Cotton Shirt – M.M.LaFleur Nora Cowl Neck Top – COS Printed Shirt – M.M.LaFleur Vicky Tank
Shoes to wear with your suit
Nordstrom Houndstooth Check Recycled Polyester Blend Blazer – Nordstrom Check Suit Pants – M.M.LaFleur Nora Cowl Neck Top – M.M.LaFleur Lillian Pump – Lubardy Laptop Tote – Karine Sultan Intertwined Link Necklace – Nordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings
For your shoe choices, anything goes. You can wear anything from flats to heels, sneakers to sandals with your suit to create different looks. Just switching your shoes can take your suit from day to evening.
M.M.LaFleur Rowan Flat – COS Square-toe Leather Loafer – M.M.LaFleur Ella Sandal – M.M.LaFleur Lillian Pump – Linea Paolo Kozie Platform Sneaker
M.M.LaFleur The Moreland Jacket – M.M.LaFleur The Colby Pants – COS Slim Fit Cotton Shirt – M.M.LaFleur Rowan Flat – Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote – Nordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings – PoeticEHome Mulberry Silk Neck Scarf
When it comes to your accessories, you’re likely to want a bag that fits your laptop in for work. You can dress your suit up with statement jewelry, a scarf and a clutch bag.
Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote – Lubardy Laptop Tote – The Drop Southampton Zipper Foldover Clutch – Karine Sultan Intertwined Link Necklace – Karine Sultan Cobblestone Drop Earrings – Fibban Chunky Link Chain Necklace – Nordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital Earrings – PoeticEHome Mulberry Silk Neck Scarf
Your suits outfit together in one easy-to-put-together capsule
Below, you can see the suits, tops, shoes and accessories from above together in one capsule. You can change the tops and shoes around to create different looks.
shop some of the best suits for women above here:
Do you already have suits in your closet? Do you tend to wear them for work, evenings or casual days?
- How To Fit A Blazer – A Comprehensive Guide On How To Select The Right Blazer
- Classy Business Outfits For Women Over 40 – Your Work Capsule Wardrobe Sorted
- Work From Home Clothes That Are Comfortable AND Professional To Get You In The Right Frame Of Mind
Like this article on the best suits for women? Share it on Pinterest
Feature image by Carmen @carmen_gimeno
Want to get more articles from 40+style in your inbox, subscribe here.
You can also connect with 40+style on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.
Support 40+style by using the links in our articles to shop. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission (at no cost to you) on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you. Thanks!
I adore suits but my retired life doesn’t give me many opportunities to wear one. In my wardrobe is a very expensive pinstriped suit which I have hardly worn. So I am going to be careful with this trend.
Being retired doesn’t mean, “goodbye polish, and hello frumpy days”. Create opportunities to polish and fluff! Go out to eat at a fancy restaurant, or go shopping at fancy brick and mortars looking the part. Maybe, go to a gallery opening… Just stay in the mix in another way, and shine your brightest! Don’t give up beauty, class and style after retirement, refine it, redefine it, and give yourself a better more mature look. Suits are totally in. Take it from this sixty year old. When my mouth says my age, my ears don’t believe me!!