Suit Yourself!

Three summer suit styles to try right now.


Not since the ’80s “power suit” era have so many designers been excited about sets. From the borderline-masculine pant suits at Chloé (in white) and Christopher Kane (in black) to a slew of new, feminine takes (Versace paired a box-shaped jacket with a matching tweed mini; Valentino’s twin pieces were sheer chiffon, printed with black orchids), two-pieces are undeniably a top trend for SS10. This season, stock up on lightweight, ladies-only suits in innovative shapes and fabrics. Wear one style to work, another on the weekend; wherever you go, you’ll have no choice but to look put-together. A no-fail outfit? Now that’s powerful.

Traditional matchy-matchy pieces are less predictable in abbreviated cuts; try a vest and shorts, versus a jacket and pants.

A suit is party-perfect when composed of a studded boyfriend blazer and denim of the same shade.

When the jacket is voluminous, keep the slacks slim, and remember—color-coordinating is strictly optional.


562_288.jpgSassy: Mark & James By Badgley Mischka vest and shorts, Rag Market bandeau and Emily Jane necklace available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.


563_288.jpgPlastic Island blazer and strapless blouse, Paige Denim and bangles available at Laurie Solet, Clayton, 314.727.7467.


Photo credit: Photos by Egan O’Keefe

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