There is nothing better than feeling confident in a stylish outfit, and the power suit is back with pink reigning supreme! Rosey pink or—dare I say it—”Millenial Pink” has taken over runways and infiltrated street style. This feminine yet empowering suit is giving me all the feels without being too frothy.
For many women, wearing a suit feels too overwhelming and boxy. Our bodies are so unique and shapely that it’s tough to find a perfect fit right off the rack. This is why a good tailor is a must for suit territory. They can transform any suit into a power suit, making sure you look sharp and classy.
My pink power suit was purchased on ASOS.com for $100 (blazer was $47.00 and trousers $53.00) on sale! I accessorized this ASOS premium suit with a stellar pair of gray Manolos, a vintage box bag, and one of my signature silk scarves. A few tiny tweaks to the hem, waist, back (lack of ass) and the addition of a hook took this suit to the next level.
Ready to step out in a suit? Read my mini styling and alterations guide below so you too can nail that power suit style.
POWER SUITING “FIT” TIPS
Your blazer should be fitted across your shoulders, but not stretched taut. There should be ample room to lift/move your arms around without pulling on the jacket. The shoulder seam of the blazer should also not jut out past your shoulders so you don’t look too futuristic.
Alterations Tip: If you have to take in your shoulders, go to a tailor who is an expert in custom bespoke or custom tailoring.
Altering Blazer Length
Try to avoid this alteration if possible as it is very costly. If you have shorter legs, shop for a cropped length blazer. A boyfriend blazer (longer length) looks great over jeans and dresses, and is excellent for taller women.
Altering the Sides:
Shop for jackets that accommodate your widest point—whether it’s your shoulders or chest—and then have areas like the waist tailored down to fit (attention: curvy girls). When fully buttoned and worn over a long-sleeve shirt, a blazer should graze your torso. There should not be any tugging or “fat man in a little coat” action.
Alterations Tip: Don’t take the jacket in or out more than a dress size, or it will completely compromise the garment proportions.
Altering Sleeve Length
A good rule for sleeves is for the length to end an inch past the wrist bone when arms are resting naturally, or just enough to let your timepiece show. When getting fitted, raise your arms to chest level to make sure your jacket won’t be too short.
Pants Altering the Waist/Hips
If only small alterations are needed, it is best to make them from the back seam. If more than a half an inch needs to be taken in or out, the tailor should work from both sides to keep the proportions intact.
With shoes on, pant length should be about an inch from the ground. I prefer them a bit cropped this season. If they are too long, they will drag on city streets. If they are too short, watch out for floods.
Alterations Tip: Bring your favorite heels along to the tailor to ensure the perfect length.
Blazer: ASOS Blazer | Trousers: ASOS Trouser | Sunnies: Balenciaga (sold in Paris) | Scarf: Anna Coroneo | Bag: Vintage | Heels: Manolo Blahnick
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