There is an allure about a woman in the most masculine form of clothing – the suit. The female suit/tuxedo graced many runways and is reminiscent of the ‘Le-Smoking’ look by Yves Saint Laurent. Androgynous dressing is great but it needs to be donned with care. Shweta Bhatia breaks down certain factors that need to be paid attention to while suiting up
KEEP THE FIT RIGHT
The suit for women is all about embracing the tailored look, so make sure that when you’re pulling off the ensemble, all the pieces should be well fitted. If you choose to wear a tuxedo, then go for slim cut trousers and fitted blazers to enhance that look.
GOING SEPARATE WAYS
If you don’t want the whole suit/tuxedo look, then you can add the androgynous touch separately onto your outfit. Pair a chic fitted blazer with a dress or wear the pants with a halter top or just add layered necklaces to uplift the glam quotient.
THE HEEL FACTOR
Spice up your entire look with your favourite pair of stilettos. A pointed pump is always timeless but a strappy heel can modernise the whole look. Also, keep the length of the pants a little under your ankle, touching your mid-foot to have the shoes showcase themselves.
MAKE IT MONOCHROME
Tuxedos look extremely sleek when worn in its original palette, the monochrome. You can never go wrong there. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a white on white tuxedo, which screams uber stylish. Just be careful not to drop any food on it!
If monochrome is the way you’re going, then up lift your suit by adding some colour. However, do it in the form of beauty and accessories. Inject that canvas with some fine touches like a bright lipstick or a colourful clutch. Adding that colour will definitely make a statement.
Channel your inner femme fatale by teaming up your suit with lacy elements. Instead of a plain blouse wear a lace camisole or bodice under your jacket. One can also get shirts with lace collars or have a hint of lace on your accessories like your shoes or bag.
PLAY WITH TEXTURE
This season, try wearing a suit/ tuxedo jacket in an interesting texture. A lush velvet jacket can give you a sense of opulence and sequins can be perceived as more fun. Printed suits are doing the rounds on many drawing boards of various designers and the runways displaying the results making it look fabulous.