Nasty trouser suits
Here are the reasons why, to date, I am rarely seen in strides in the workplace.
- I associate them with a casual, laid back approach – inappropriate in the workplace
- my bodyline shape (curvy, with big hips compared to torso, and average length legs) looks much better in a dress or skirt
- a smart trouser suit looks best on slim, straight bodied women with long legs and a slightly masculine look (ie not Hillary and Angela)
- shorter women who wear trousers look better in heels (and I prefer flatter shoes)
- I just don’t like the pant suit style, even on professional models. To my mind, Kate Moss, at the top of this post looks less good than usual in a pant suit.
To me these outfits say: mass produced Polyester Chinese suits from Next. They are a bit like a man’s suit, but not as nice. These are outfits designed for women at work, who don’t want to wear a tailored skirt. They are supposed to look professional, but they only look anonymous and rather sad – a really washed out version of men’s wear. I can’t bear them and would not be seen dead in an outfit like this. The area that the eye is drawn to is the horizontal line, bordered by the thighs. No wonder two of the models chopped their heads off.
Lovely trouser suits
However there are ways to wear pants to work that actually look cool, elegant and different.
- try a different colour. This could be a less obvious neutral like dark brown, or a forest green. Putting a colourful shirt with it is so much nicer than a white or pastel
- try a waist coat and important blouse instead of a jacket. This will have the effect of elongating and slimming the body.
- use a luxury fabric like velvet, lace or leather
However these models are extraordinarily thin with especially long legs and high heeled shoes. The whole look is exceptionally vertical with hardly any interference with the up-down line. Neat or short hair (or a hat) keep the line clean.
How to wear a trouser suit
For women who are less than 5′ 10″ these tips can help
- matching a jacket with trousers can create a vertical silhouette if you keep the colour dark and relatively unadorned
- stick to deeper plain colours, avoiding the rainbow look
- vertical stripes (or top stitching or vertical braid) on your trousers are slimming. Beware the naff 3 piece pinstripe look because it is a parody of male dressing.
- match your shoe and sock/tights colour with your suit
- slim legged trousers
- high heels (but do show the shoes, floor length trousers look silly)
Any other tips, ladies?