From being worn with high-waisted pants in the ’60s to low-waisted ones in the ’70s — pantsuits have seen a marked evolution over the decades. Today, it is an important staple in a woman’s wardrobe. It is not only an essential ensemble for board meetings, but can also be sported at a party or a formal event.
“A well-tailored pantsuit is perfect for when you want to give off a ‘who’s-the-boss’ vibe. A woman in a sharp suit oozes oomph, confidence and power,” says designer Ridhi Mehra.
It is not only the classic black suit that enjoys attention. Nowadays, ramps and street style are inundated with experimental versions of pantsuits. “French designer Yves Saint Laurent and a few top designers responded to the desire for skirt-liberation by creating the pantsuit in the 1960s. Ever since, it has been a style statement. Today, people are experimenting with it in terms of cut, colour and fabric,” says Rutu Shah, one half of designer duo Rutu Neeva.
Here, we give you expert advice on how to give your pantsuit a fun twist.
— With inputs from designer Swapnil Shinde
1. There is nothing more glamorous than a pantsuit without a shirt. Ensure the suit is tailored so that it doesn’t need a shirt, to avoid a fashion faux pas
2. Wear a choker with the suit. Make sure the supplementing accessories are sleek and minimal
3. Experiment with the pants. You don’t need to wear cigarette pants. You can go for flared yet structured trousers as well
4. Suits with cuts and slits in unusual places are in vogue
5. Cape blazers and jackets are stylish too
6.The pantsuit can be made in a range of materials such as wool, suede, leather, twill, velvet, silk, cotton, polyester, and cotton-polyester blends
7. Don’t restrict yourself in terms of colours and patterns. Go for solid colours, pinstripes, checks and abstract prints
8. Experiment with the length of the trousers. Go short or ankle-length
9. Pantsuits with high-waisted belts look great
10. Pantsuits paired with blingy tops can work wonders
11. Sleeveless blazers are suitable for brunches and day events.
Dos and don’ts
1. Go for a suit that is made to measure. Buying an off-the-rack pantsuit, which is ill-fitted, is a no-no
2. Black is the safest option if you aren’t sure about what colour to pick. But do experiment with pastel shades as well deep ones like olive, mustard, fuchsia and oxblood
3. Go in for stilettos and avoid chunky footwear like wedges. Don’t be scared to experiment with shoes that contrast with your outfit
4. Do not over-accessorise
5. The biggest don’t is mixing boot-cut pants with a boxy blazer
6. A classic white pantsuit can never go wrong
7. Uncomfortable not wearing a shirt? Go for a flirty feminine blouse.