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How to wear a suit in a modern way

13th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Max Mara suit

I think every woman should own one great suit. They’re a staple in a corporate environment but the suit can extend beyond the office with the right accoutrements and silhouette. Banish thoughts of the 80s power suit from your mind and instead think sleek, sophisticated and just a little bit sexy. Here’s how to nail suiting so it looks on point and super chic…

Invest in good tailoring

An ill-fitting suit is a big fashion no-no. If you’re going to wear a suit be sure to have it tailored absolutely perfectly to fit. If you need to, have the jacket taken in, have the pants taken up so the hem sits perfectly with your shoe to ensure the silhouette looks polished.

Think beyond the shirt

A classic button down shirt is, of course, always going to be a no-brainer pairing with a suit however by switching up what you wear underneath you can create a look with an entirely new vibe. You could opt for a turtleneck for a look that would work in a corporate environment but has a slightly more relaxed feel. There’s also the option of wearing a loose t-shirt a la The Gucci Shirt That’s Everywhere for a look with attitude or a bodysuit for an evening ensemble that looks sleek and sexy.

Be adventurous with silhouettes

There are so many different silhouettes when it comes to the suit these days. You could opt for a boyfriend blazer that’s a little more billowy and has a slightly tougher, more masculine feel to a tapered leg for a look that screams sleek. I also love a flared pant and a long length blazer for an outfit that has a slightly Jane Birkin vibe.

Keep shoes streamlined

When it comes to the suit the shoes you wear should be quite pared back. If you’re going to do a boot it needs to be an ankle boot that’s tapered to the leg. You don’t want anything too loose around the ankle as it can affect the fit of the suit and can look a little clunky. You could also opt for a sleek stiletto or if you want to wear flats a pair of pointy slides works well.

What are your thoughts on the suit? Love or loathe?

Steal her style: Emma Watson

4th November, 2016

A photo posted by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on

She came to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series but now Emma Watson has well and truly shed her cape and wand and is set to star in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast and is also busy with her work as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador. Having grown up in the spotlight Watson’s style has undergone an evolution right in front of our eyes from cute tween to slightly awkward teen and now to the understated and sophisticated fashion icon she is today.


I think every woman should own a suit that makes her feel like she can conquer the world. A simple tailored black suit is a worthwhile investment as not only is it office-appropriate, with the right pairing of shoes and accessories it makes a great go-to option for a dressy night out. The key here is ensuring the jacket and pants perfectly fit as an ill-fitting suit takes away from the sleek appearance you’re going for. For a modern look opt for tapered pants cropped at the ankles and a blazer with a nipped in waist. You could also wear the sleeves pushed up to give the look a little bit more of an edge.


A silk cami is a sexy option to wear under a suit jacket however you can also extend its wear to a skirt or shorts during summer. Watson’s opted for a pinstripe however a classic neutral such as cream or white would also work just as well.


A simple necklace a la Watson’s is a classic addition to any accessories wardrobe. However if you want to be able to wear the same necklace with multiple looks opt for one with a smaller pendant to ensure it always complements an outfit and doesn’t overwhelm.