I remember in my third of year of law school having conversations with my fellow female law students about how much we dreaded having to wear a pant suit to work. We complained about the lack of options out there, the ill-fitted cut of most women’s suits, and the high price point. I think we all envisioned ourselves stuck going to work in a 1980s baggy, shapeless pant suit. Ugh!
Upon graduating law school and starting LegalLee Blonde I went on the hunt for pant suits that were flattering & affordable and was luckily able to find a number of great ones at places like Ann Taylor, RW & Co, and Banana Republic.
Once I realized that there were in fact pant suits being made for young women who needed suits that were professional but also comfortable and fashionable; I started paying more attention to the shape / tailoring of these suits and thinking about how else they could be styled to keep them from looking “stuffy”.
When choosing a ‘youthful’ pant suit; I recommend looking for ones with fitted blazers (2 button blazers tend to allow for the most fitted shape through the body) and slim leg or ‘skinny’ pants. This black women’s pant suit from RW & Co is hands down my favorite pant suit. I loved the fitted blazer and the slim leg pants give a youthful, fashionable look without being too tight to be worn to the office / while working.
With a couple of youthful suits in my closet, I turned my mind to how they could be styled to up the “trendy” or fashion-forward factor even more. My number one trick? Wearing a belt over top of your suit. I have never had a senior lawyer or corporate staffer find this look anything but professional, and yet it still allows you to make a ‘boring’ suit your own!
When choosing a belt, opt for wider belts (1 inch minimum would be my recommendation). I recommend a wider belt because you do need something relatively substantial to sit properly on top of a thick fabric like a blazer.
This Gucci Dupe belt is THE GREATEST THING EVER haha. You may recall my skinny gucci dupe belt that I wore with this Los Angeles Work Day outfit and with this black sheer/glitter blouse. This wider belt is made by the same company, and again is under $20. I can’t recommend it enough!
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