14 Powerful Designer Suits For Women To Boost Your Style In 2016

We need more elegance in our life. And that’s exactly why I think we should stop relegating suits and blazers to the corporate world and start giving them a bit of closet love.

If eminent career sites give advice on wearing “safe” clothes – aka suits – to interviews, and the science of power dressing is officially proved, then why we’re still so reluctant to wear suits just like everyday?

Not only you would feel more authoritative and ready to glare at anyone brave enough to contradict you. You would also be fashionable. So why, oh why?

Here’s a bunch of old excuses that I want to answer:

  1. “Women in suits look boring.”  Whaaat? They look powerful!
  2. “Suits are uncomfortable”. They’re definitely more comfy than low waist jeans.
  3. “For a woman, wearing a suit is intimidating.”  I bet my ass it’s less intimidating than a cleavage showing up three quarters of your boobs.
  4. “I’m too shy to wear it.” Ok, read again point 3.
  5. “It makes me older.” Are you sure? Look at this girl and tell me if you’re still sure:

Designer suits for women make you look cool

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Designer suits only have one flaw.

They make everyone look elegant. And when I say everyone, I have to include chicks like Miley Cyrus.

The real issue with suits and the world we live today, is a bit of a paradox.

Let me explain:

More than ever, this decade is obsessed with fashion and appearance, and more than ever the clothing industry is producing clothes. We’re living in the fastest world possible, we have no frontiers in communication. But, guess what?

Elegance is sacrificed for the sake of the so called “comfort”. Or sloppiness, if you decide to call things with their name.

Because comfort is becoming more and more a justification of sloppiness.

Honestly, I don’t give a damn when sloppy people talk, because if they’re not able to put together a clean shirt and a decent pant, I’m naturally inclined to think they can’t even put together a brilliant thought. It’s not my fault, maybe it’s my limit. But I see it as  a question of self-respect.

Anyway, if you’re still reading this post, we probably share the same point of view. Or you might be on the point of realizing how freaking cool you’ll look in one of the following designer suits for women.

Pick your favorite suit, and imagine yourself in the one you like more. How much precious would you look in front of the mirror, and how much confidence would you gain?

1.  J.Crew Double Breasted Suit

Designer suits for women -JCREWDesigner Suits For Women – J.CrewSuit

A super simple suit with a fitted look and a soft color to wear all year round. The double breasted blazer is a classic, while the high quality wool makes it possible to use this suit for four seasons.

How would you style it?

Here’s my suggestion: dress it down with a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt, or upgrade the elegance with a silk shirt and stilettos.


 

2.  Akris Punto In Techno-Wool

Designer suits for women - AKRIS

Designer Suits For Women – Akris Punto

Akris Punto is the suit to buy if you want to upgrade your wardrobe but you’re a sportswoman. In fact, it’s a Swiss designer sportswear brand with an exclusive twist on tailored clothes. This single button front blazer is made of techno-wool fabric. No more excuses to go out in yoga pants!


3. DVF – Diane Von Furstenberg

Designer suits for women DVF

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If you thought women is suits are boring, then you’ve not considered wearing a DVF pantsuit in royal blue. When it comes to suits and power dressing, Diane is a master.

And she’s a woman, a #ladyboss who knows her job.

I’ve seen this suit on Rachel Zoe, another female boss and one of the most praised Hollywood stylists, so if you’re the colorful woman who shies away from dark boring clothes, this is for you.


 

4.  Paul Smith Women’s Suit In Taupe

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Designer Suits For Women – Paul Smith

If designer suits are usually elegant, Paul Smiths’a are elegantly fancy. His suits have been defined as “classics with a twist”. What’s the twist?

He says he takes ingredients from upper class tailoring and bring them together with something silly.

If you add the fact that something “silly” for a British may just mean “exquisite” for the rest of us, then you understand why Paul Smith is such a stylish, peculiar designer.


5.  Altuzarra Suit In Poppy Red

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Designer Suits For Women – Altuzarra

A “Poppy Red” suit? Why not.

The idea here, is to put suits in your daily wardrobe, and since you don’t want to look like an old and tired accountant, nor like a hotel receptionist on her rest break, you can definitely wear this colorful suit.


 

6.  Ralph Lauren White Tuxedo

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Designer Suits For Women – Ralph Lauren

A white tuxedo is not something you wear on a daily basis, but it’s a good choice if you love pants and you have a special event to go. For example, Taylor Swift wore something similar at the 2015 MTV VMA.

The good deal with this kind of outfit is you can wear it for a night gala or for a morning ceremony, it’s stylish on both occasions.  Imagine how cool it would be with a pastel silk shirt and a stones jewelry choke.


 

7.  Tom Ford Pinstriped Suit

Designer suits for women TOM FORD

Designer Suits For Women – Tom Ford

If it’s true that pinstripes are more memorable if you have to wear it daily, it’s also true they give a touch of glam to every bottom. You could put this blazer under an old pair of jeans and sneakers and the outfit would immediately look classy.

Tom Ford is a master of modern luxury and the silhouette of this suit is sleek enough to keep you one step behind looking too sexy in pinstripes.


 

8.  Armani Double Breasted Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – Armani

Armani is unarguably the blazer master, and he can’t be missed in a post about designer suits for women. His creations are famous for the clean lines and the Italian taste, and this double breasted suit is an example.

This is the perfect outfit to wear if you want to get the suit effect that only uniform-like clothes give. Try to enter a room wearing this suit, and then tell me how you feel.


 

9.  Brunello Cucinelli Culotte Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – Cucinelli

Here in Italy we call him the “Philosopher Designer” for his ability to create a unique work environment and for his edgy thought.

When you buy Cucinelli you get involved with the real Italian craftsmanship, unique fabric quality and a peculiar lifestyle. This suit is actual proof of how elegance and simplicity can also be comfy.


10.  Theory Neutral Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – Theory

Theory is one of the most favorite brands for women’s suits. It’s well known among the corporate world for the good fitting and the high quality tailoring. This suit is a classic, and a wardrobe essential, a good first step in the suits world.


 

11.  Boss Notched Lapels Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – Boss

Boss is a good choice if you search for a sleek wearability and a polished style. I chose to include this suit in my favorite designer suits for women because of the notched lapels and the minimalistic front cuff link closure detail.

This is somewhat a manly style, but it’s also easy to make more feminine with rich accessories or with a feminine top.


 12. Alexander McQueen Romantic Armor Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – McQueen

Alexander McQueen constructions are unmistakable, and so are the shoulders of his clothes.

Even if it’s sleek, classic and black, this suit has a romantic allure mixed with an armor idea.

Imagine combining this suit with eccentric jewelry and wedged combat boots, it gets edgy. While you could make it #ohsopretty and romantic with a little Brit hat and a pair of pastel pink patent leather stilettos.

That’s he power of real design.


  13.  Burberry Aristocracy Suit

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Designer Suits For Women – Burberry

Let’s keep talking of Brit, you  can’t do without Burberry, right?

If a classic one button blazer and a manly pair of well refined trousers are not enough to satisfy your suits craving, listen to me: the lovely peplum on the back of this blazer is pure aristocracy. It reminds me of sophisticated tartan blazers wore on fox hunting days. But it’s black, and I’m craving it.


 

14.  Balmain Street Style Tuxedo

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Designer Suits For Women – Balmain

If you still have some doubts on giving suits a bunch of closet love, than you have to give a chance to this totally cool suit form Balmain.

The shawl-collar tuxedo jacket in pastel pink is a total charm with the two golden buttons. And since Balmain has a glamorous soul, Olivier Rousteing couldn’t do but adding street-style details like squeezing skinny pants and golden zips here and there.

The edgy side of suits is here for you.

 What will you choose?


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  • Hello Anna,

    that is a great compilation and you’ve got me thinking about carting out some suits real soon!

    Cheers,
    Everest
    http://www.everestsays.com

    • Great! Let’s start a #womeninsuits movement then! 🙂

  • Wow thank you for this post ! I’m searching for a new job I think it’ll help me, now I know how to look professional and in style at the same time ! 🙂 I love especially DVF and Burberry looks, but also the orange one and the one from Ralf Laurent..^^
    kisses, Nat.

    http://www.natfashiondiary.com

    • Thank You Nat,
      Hope you get that job!
      xo

  • Very good post! And loving the selection!

    X Gala

  • Those suits are gorgeous! I’m especially loving the first navy one with the white lapels, it’s stunning!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

    • Hey Caroline,
      you’re in the women in suit movement too then! 🙂

  • Hey first time popping by! I haven’t worn a suit ever as I am always scared they’ll look out of shape on me. I really love Brunello Cucinelli Culotte Suit though, it’s chic while still looking feminine.

    • Hi Megan,
      I think suits are terribly underrated when it comes to daily looks. Actually, it’s easier to look fit and shaped in a good suit than in an “ordinary” outfit. And you’ll look more powerful.. 🙂

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  • I agree at most of your points in wearing suits. However, as much as I’d like to wear a suit, ugh, I just can’t ’cause I’ll be over-dressed unless if I’ll go to an event, a suit will be a perfect choice for sleek, chic and comfort. ♥

    I love your outfit girl ♥

    Please check out my new post, too? I’d love to hear something from you 🙂
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    • Yes, I understand sometimes it’s not so easy to break the “rules” of casual/everyday outfits, but keep in mind that you can always add a fashionable twist with just a blazer. Ripped jeans, sneakers, turtleneck sweater and a fitted blazer could be an edgy yet fashionable outfit! 🙂

  • Great selection! I actually love wearing suits! I love the Sportswoman suit of Akris Punto, the Cucinelli and the Burberry one!

    • Wow, thank you!
      Actually I made some shopping research to find really fashionable and somewhat fun-to-wear suits! Glad you loved it! 🙂

  • The theory and the Boss suits are my favorite. At this time in my life I don’t have a reason to wear suits. I used to and would have loved these. Very classy and timeless.

    • Hey Karen, why would you need a reason?
      Just go out and wear what you like! 🙂

  • I love wearing suits, it makes me feel so powerful. Same like when you wear heels, you get instant self-esteem boost. I would like to see more women in suits, like the first photo from Tatiana. She looks powerful and chic, and indeed she’s so beautiful. I scrolled through her blog, this is the best outfit that stresses her pretty face and hair.

    xoxo
    http://nuclearglitter.com/

    • I so agree Adina,
      I found Tatiana pic on Pinterest and it’s one of the coolest outfits out there. It’s also the perfect demonstration that suits are so cool if you know how to style them.
      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  • I normally never wear suits because I work from home so no need to sit in front of the computer in a suit 😉 But I am actually thinking about buying one for when I have to go to meetings – I really love the Armani one! So pretty and black… I normally wear jeans and a casual sweater but it just looks more professional…

    • Yep Mette, they certainly look more professional 😉 Anyway I understand that working from home you might prefer pajamas, I’m on that point somewhere in the middle of the week, I have to admit! But, recently I tried to power dress also while doing writing works from home, with heels and make-up on, and I found out it makes me feel more of a #girlboss, you know?

      PS: the Armani suit is great, you have to see how cool it’s the back!

      xo 🙂

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  • Winnie

    Great article & collaboration ! It has been something that I thought for older workers only especially for someone size 5’2 like me. Thanks to you to share this to all of us out there 🙂
    Winnie