With the surge of powerful women in television shows such as Olivia Pope in Scandal, designers have given the women’s pant suit a new voice. Ralph Lauren welcomes this change by using unexpected materials and designing a well-tailored suit in plum velour, crochet black edging, and matching bell-bottom trousers. Christian Dior used colour blocking and accentuates a woman’s hourglass figure by using their 1950’s “New Look” style.
In the past when I need to look both chic and authoritative, I have always turned to the pant suit. This feminine twist on an androgynous outfit made me stand out whether it is at weddings, parties, or even at school. This outfit also gave a sense of fashion rebellion; it made me cool to hang out with guys, party with the girls, and challenged the very idea of what is feminine.
Then, of course, there is the Chanel skirt suit. It was originally made with Scottish tweed in the 1920s, and since then has catapulted the fashion brand into an international powerhouse. The suit used masculine features, but was tailored for a woman that led an active lifestyle, all tied into a sleek and sophisticated look. Bianca Jagger, another style icon of the 1970s, opted to wear a Le Smoking Jacket by YSL and matching floor length skirt for her wedding to Mick Jagger. Her bold choice challenged a deeply-rooted traditional view-point on wedding gowns, and showed women worldwide that style is about pushing boundaries.
At THECloset YVR shoppers will find a tactile array of fabrics to satisfy their sense of touch.
This beautiful wool blend DSquared2 tartan pant suit is a perfect transition into your fall wardrobe. Its fit forming jacket and straight leg trousers can easily be worn from a meeting at the office to lunch with the girls.
Let’s bring summer back with this Courreges and Co. yellow twill weave pattern, with matching skirt will get you excited and ready for the warm weather, long days at the beach, and sitting on patios with friends.
This Ted Lapidus aquamarine wool-blend suit is ideal for women who love to bring beautifully, rich and colorful pieces to their everyday wardrobe.
If you’re looking to turn heads this weekend, this Lida Baday bouclé tweed is meant for you. The assortment of colors woven into the fabric and beautifully designed blazer and skirt can help you push those style boundaries with an ease of comfort and motion.
(Photography by Helen Siwak of THECloset YVR)