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

Best suits for women - Cathy wears an orange suit | 40plusstyle.com

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

The best suits for women to feel your most confident | 40plusstyle.com

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

Georgette in a pink suit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Best suits for women - Runway suit outfits | 40plusstyle.com

FendiRalph LaurenMichael 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.

1. j.crew

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.

J.Crew blazer and trousers in Italian wool | 40plusstyle.com

Willa Blazer in Italian City WoolWilla 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.

Massimo Dutti Nappa leather suit set | 40plusstyle.com

Nappa Leather BlazerNappa Leather Trousers

3. H&M

For an on-trend choice, you could try a colorful suit like the emerald green option from H&M below.

H&M suit set | 40plusstyle.com

Single-breasted JacketDress 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.

Ted Baker London blazer and trousers | 40plusstyle.com

Kelsya Double Breasted Crop BlazerKelsyat 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.

Karen Millen suit set | 40plusstyle.com

Oversize Soft Tailored JacketSlim Leg Pants

6. M.M.LaFleur 

Alison wears a brown suit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

M.M. LaFleur suit set | 40plusstyle.com

The Moreland JacketThe Colby Pants

7. mango

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.

Mango satin blazer and trousers | 40plusstyle.com

Satin Double Breasted BlazerSatin Suit Pants

8. nordstrom

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.

Nordstrom check suit set | 40plusstyle.com

Houndstooth Check Recycled Polyester Blend BlazerCheck Suit Pants

9. coast

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.

Coast blazer and trousers | 40plusstyle.com

Edge To Edge Tuxedo BlazerWide 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.

Another Tomorrow suit | 40plusstyle.com

Single Button BlazerClassic Trousers

11. marycrafts

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Marycrafts Blazer Pant Suit Set

12. SUSIELADY

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.

SUSIELADY Suit Set | 40plusstyle.com

SUSIELADY Suit Set

13. LISUEYNE

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).

LISUEYNE Three-Piece Suit Set | 40plusstyle.com

LISUEYNE Three-Piece Suit Set

What to wear with your suit

Melissa teams her green suit with a purple top | 40plusstyle.com

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

Green suit and t-shirt outfit | 40plusstyle.com

H&M Single-breasted JacketH&M Dress PantsCOS Printed ShirtCOS Square-toe Leather LoaferLubardy Laptop ToteKarine 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.

Tops for your suit | 40plusstyle.com

COS Slim Fit Cotton ShirtM.M.LaFleur Nora Cowl Neck TopCOS Printed ShirtM.M.LaFleur Vicky Tank

Shoes to wear with your suit

Check suit and gray top | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Houndstooth Check Recycled Polyester Blend BlazerNordstrom Check Suit PantsM.M.LaFleur Nora Cowl Neck TopM.M.LaFleur Lillian PumpLubardy Laptop ToteKarine Sultan Intertwined Link NecklaceNordstrom 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.

Shoes and boots to go with your suit outfit | 40plusstyle.com

M.M.LaFleur Rowan FlatCOS Square-toe Leather LoaferM.M.LaFleur Ella SandalM.M.LaFleur Lillian PumpLinea Paolo Kozie Platform Sneaker

Accessories

Classic suit outfit | 40plusstyle.com

M.M.LaFleur The Moreland JacketM.M.LaFleur The Colby PantsCOS Slim Fit Cotton ShirtM.M.LaFleur Rowan FlatTory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather ToteNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital EarringsPoeticEHome 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.

Accessories to go with suits for women | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather ToteLubardy Laptop ToteThe Drop Southampton Zipper Foldover ClutchKarine Sultan Intertwined Link NecklaceKarine Sultan Cobblestone Drop EarringsFibban Chunky Link Chain NecklaceNordstrom Pavé Inset Oval Orbital EarringsPoeticEHome 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.

Suits outfits for women | 40plusstyle.com

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?

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