Photos: Instagram/gemma_chan, songdani, shaymitchell
Normally, the advice of male chauvinists falls on deaf ears, but How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson was definitely onto something with his legen-wait for it-dary catchphrase, “suit up!”. Synonymous with power, strength and well, typically “masculine” traits, there are good reasons why we girls have a soft spot for a man in a good suit. It might be clichéd, but we cannot deny that a well-tailored and fitted suit instantly makes anyone look good.
That being said, while suits make guys look hot, women in suits elevates the outfit to whole ‘nother level. The perfect juxtaposition of feminine elegance and masculine silhouettes, let’s just say we’re pretty sure 2019 is going to be all about suiting up, as demonstrated by these power women in 2018.
1. Gemma Chan
She played the role of fashionista Astrid Leong in Crazy Rich Asians, so clearly there was no way Gemma Chan was not making this list. A quick peek at her Instagram account, however, shows that isn’t just acting as a fashionista, but is one IRL. We don’t know what we love more about this outfit: how it’s just the right amount of oversized, or that the linen breathes a laid-back chicness to her entire look.
Style tip: Suits can often look too “serious”, so if you’re looking to rock one in a less formal setting, add playful accessories (see her pastel bag and shoes) and roll up your sleeves. Keep your make up fresh (think no makeup makeup) too.
2. Dani Song
Aimee Song (Song of Style) might top fashion listicles every other day, but in our opinion, her sister Dani is just as much of a power force in the fashion scene. Known for her gritty, K-star meets Saint Laurent (Hedi Slimane-era) style, she is killing it in this bold leopard number and we’re all for it.
Style tip: If you’re wearing a printed suit for the first time, keep to more neutral tones in a smaller print if you’re worried about sticking out too much. Also, don’t forget that your hair is the best lazy-girl accessory – contrast your suit’s print colour with your hair colour and you can skip the accessories.
3. Kris Jenner
Self-proclaimed mom-ager of the Kardashian clan isn’t the one making headlines for her lewks, but that doesn’t mean Kris Jenner can’t show up with her famous daughters every once in a while. Pictured at the Victoria’s Secret show last year, we’re digging this almost-retro all-while number that she’s styled – typical Kardashian-Jenner – with serious bling. You’re doing amazing, sweetie.
Style tip: The only risk with well, any all-white outfit is staining it so we recommend having a stain remover pen on your person at all times, especially if you’re heading out for after-work drinks. Oh, and try to keep the tone of white consistent throughout, so no creams with stark-whites, please.
4. Shay Mitchell
The half-Asian beauty who stars in the Netflix hit TV series ‘You’ gives us major, major outfit envy every time we
stalk check out her Instagram feed. From flowing, beach-goddess type dresses to the plane-chic athleisure, she proves that there is no style she cannot rock, and this sexy take on a suit is no exception.
Style tip: Elongate your legs by opting for a suit with high waist trousers, paired with a crop top. The ultimate boardroom to bar look, leave your suit jacket buttoned up during office hours (if your office enforces strict dress code) and sling casually over your shoulder when it’s time to hit the bar. Don’t forget the heels.
5. Lady Gaga
Some people remember moments in time by the seasons, and some mark them by Lady Gaga’s looks (cue: Her Golden Globes red carpet look). There was not a day in October 2018 that went by without seeing the famous oversized Marc Jacobs pantsuit on social media, and TBH, we never got bored of it. The fact that she wore a suit as a statement against sexual abuse and ridiculous beauty standards of women in Hollywood made us fall in love with the look even more – plus, how effortlessly chic does she look?
Style tip: If diminutive Lady Gaga (she stands at 1.55m) can pull off an oversized number, so can you. To ensure that all that fabric doesn’t drown you, opt for a low heel and allow some skin to peek through by skipping the inner camisole or top. If you have long hair, be sure to keep it tied up and/or slicked back (think Kim K) to avoid adding unnecessary volume to your look.
6. Liu Wen
Known for her flawless androgynous style, supermodel Liu Wen wears suits better than dare we say, some men can.
Granted, her height and lean physique makes rocking her signature tomboy aesthetic easier, but luckily for us, we don’t all need to be top models to work a suit.
Style tip: When it comes to suits, nothing and we mean nothing is more important than tailoring, and picking one that fits you perfectly will do more for you than any high fashion, fashion-forward number.
We firmly believe that every girl should own at least one custom-made suit, so skip the off-the-shelves buys and get yourself down to a tailor, pronto.
7. Busy Philipps
Not everyone has Busy Philipps’ sartorial style, so this bold turquoise jacquard number might not be the easiest to pull off, yet, we can’t help but wish we owned a suit like this.
Style tip: If you’re going to go this bold, we recommend keeping everything else pared down. That means simple accessorising, shoes and bags or clutches from the same colour family, and definitely go easy natural with your makeup.
8. Constance Wu
Usually spotted wearing dresses, whether on the red carpet or on film, Constance Wu of Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh off the Boat fame is a breath of fresh air in a suit. Exuding an air of laid back confidence, we wished we looked exactly like that whenever we wear suits.
Style tip: Constance is checking all boxes of the ‘how to wear a suit’ guide in our books. One: keep it fresh, casual and cool by letting the blazer hang on her shoulders; and two: pair with statement earrings for a dose of #girlboss confidence.