When one pictures a traditional suit in their head, one might conjure up images of shoulder pads, matchy-matchy fabrics and dated-looking business folk on their way to important meetings about mergers and hedge funds. Well, wipe all those preconceived notions out of your head right now because the four of us went hunting far and wide to find suits that we actually loved. With print mixing, tweaked blazer shapes, tuxedo jumpsuits and everything in between, there’s a suit style for everyone. Admittedly, we’re a small team and don’t rep all body types, but we do represent the kind of people that normally never wear suits. If we found pieces that we adored, chances are, you will too. Read on to see our five different takes.
Here’s proof that you can wear a suit even if you thought you hated them
The business casual separatesNip Jacket, $242 at Meg; Short Hepburn Pant, $249 at Meg; Classic Crew Tee, $59 at Meg. meg
The business casual separates on MariMy favourite store in Toronto might just have to be Meg, by Canadian designer Meg Kinney. Not only are designs lovingly made in Toronto or New York, the shop's stylists Enza and Caroline are wizards who will pull together items you never thought could work. And if the fit isn't quite right? Meg offers tailoring to make sure you're going home with something that fits perfectly.
When I first saw this peplum jacket with puff sleeves, I was hesitant. Too princessy and too many frills, I thought, but I was mistaken. Belted and paired with a crop top, I love the way the blazer fits with both a looser or narrow pant. Matched with relaxed fit, cropped high waisted trousers and booties, I'm happy to wear this one in and out of the office.
Top tip: don't be afraid to shake up solids with a little bit of print. The Loop
The embellished blazerTed Baker Cemelia Trousers, $189 at Ted Baker; Ted Baker Aimmii Embroidered Ruffled Jacket, $250 at eBay.Ted Baker
The embellished blazer on SandraThe last thing I ever wanted to wear is a suit; I’m strictly a t-shirt and skinny jeans kind of person, so this jacket and pants combo hit all the right dressed-down/dressed-up notes for me.
The cropped jacket is the kind of cut I’d wear out for coffee or a walk in the park, but the gorgeous embroidered detailing and ruffled sleeves elevate the casual shape to another level. Paired with a tailored black pant, a tight, complementary T and some low heels that pick up the emerald of the leaves in the jacket and we have a look that’s office ready, but not intimidating for the suit-phobic.
For an even more casual and comfortable look (and feel) I’ll be digging out my white Chuck Taylors for a cute spring look.
Making suits my own since 2019.The Loop
The velvet smoking jacketEndless Rose Velvet Pajama Shirt, $105 at Shopbop; Theory Approach Thaniel Pants, $360 at Shopbop.Shopbop
The velvet smoking jacket on MatildaThe trend of wearing (fashionable) pajamas out in public doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. So, I thought, why not take it up a notch and transform this lazy girl's go-to outfit into a killer suit. Yes, that's right. PJs as a suit. And by PJs, I mean the most luxurious-looking oversized velvet shirt, paired with a pair of classic slim pants. The top is definitely a conversation starter and should ideally be worn to any and all parties. Since the velvet does all the talking, I gravitated towards wearing a neutral camisole underneath the unbuttoned top and pairing it with block heels. Plus, a little bit of gold jewelry never hurt anyone, right?
Comfort is key when it comes to this pajama suit so while wearing it out during daylight hours, swap the cami for a tucked in, white buttoned down blouse and button up the suit for a more tailored look. Throw on a pair of loafers and you're good to go!The Loop
The skirt suitAlmira Lace Bodysuit, $80 at Ever New; Lou Lou Boucle Blazer, $140 at Ever New; Lou Lou Boucle Mini Skirt, $80 at Ever New.ever new
The skirt suit on ChloeMy entire fashion philosophy is: strive to look as nice as possible without putting too much energy/money into it. In that effort, my wardrobe tends to get a little boring and I don’t venture too far out of my comfort zone. You can probably guess that I’ve never bought a suit before.
After slight hesitation over whether I could wear a fully white suit in winter, I chose this Ever New piece. Since the suit was a bold statement, I figured I would go all the way and do a bold red lip too. Go big or go home, right?
After I got past the whole “OMG I’m wearing a suit” thing, the rest of my day was spent fielding compliments in a shocked tone – you see, while I was going “Can I wear a suit?” other people were going, “Whoa, she’s totally wearing a suit.” Which I was.
I guess I learned that venturing outside my comfort zone is totally doable with the right attitude. Wearing a suit isn’t weird, but it’s a statement. So to pull it off, all you have to do is match your attitude to the occasion and work it.
Last bit of advice: if you have to walk into a meeting half an hour late, wear a suit. You will immediately be asked to take over. Promise.The Loop
The TuxedoKessi Jumpsuit, $350 at Club Monaco, Helek silk shirt, $190 at Club Monaco; Club Monaco Jemma Plaid, Coat, $503 at Shopbop.club monaco
The Tuxedo on MariEven though I am petite, I tend to gravitate to things that are oversized, which might not necessarily be the most flattering — especially with suiting.
On paper, this piece sounds way too difficult to pull off…how many women are comfortable wearing a tuxedo? A tuxedo in full length romper form? No, thank you. But this one is surprisingly subtle, versatile and easy to wear. (Going to the bathroom in it is another story. It’s a jumpsuit. You can’t win ‘em all.) The length was perfect for my 5’2 frame, even though for taller folk, the cut would probably stop well above the ankle. For me, it was a bonus not having to hem or wear heels to carry off the length.
For nighttime, I wore the piece on its own with heels and earrings. In the day, a shirt underneath the plunging neckline (or turtleneck, if you want to keep it warm and more casual) keeps it office appropriate. With a stylish coat on top, and paired with combat boots, the outfit doesn’t scream “LOOK I’M WEARING A SUIT” at all. Which is fine by me, as I’m no Blake Lively.
If you want something you can dress up and down that’ll make an impact either way, this style is for you.The Loop