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Newsflash: Suits are no longer strictly office attire. With workwear trending more casual and offices trending more hybrid, women’s suiting has been liberated from the corporate domain. The best women’s suit sets these days play with proportion, come in statement-making colors, and — with the right styling adjustments such as statement jewelry, retro kicks or of-the-moment loafers — can be worn as easily on Monday morning as Saturday night.
From red carpet appearances and press tours to high-profile weddings and paparazzi snaps on city streets, Hollywood stars including Zendaya, Kate Bosworth and Julianne Moore have been sporting designer suits from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Armani and Givenchy. Get their look — minus the four-digit price tag — with our edit of the best women’s suits from Theory, J. Crew, Argent, Everlane and more.
1. H&M Fitted Blazer & Wide-Cut Pants
A long, fitted blazer with a pair of high-rise, wide-leg trousers creates a leg-lengthening illusion in this affordable set from H&M. Its versatile khaki hue can be styled with a light-colored top and sandals for spring and summer, or with a dark turtleneck and chunky loafers through fall and winter.
2. Argent Crossover Blazer & Flex Waist Trouser
Argent’s sleek trousers have a covert elastic panel at the center back for added comfort and a close fit. The straight-leg style is made from a four-way stretch cotton with a flattering crop at the ankle (perfect for showcasing a seasonal statement shoe). Pair with the brand’s Crossover blazer for a polished look that will outlast the trends, or go with the label’s vibrant Supermajority collection ($145 to $295), part of the brand’s #VotingSuitsYou campaign with the nonprofit organization Supermajority) that was recently feted with stars including Busy Phillips, Katie Couric, Cari Champion and other influential women. (Ten percent of proceeds from the bright hue go to the advocacy group.)
3. J. Crew Willa Blazer & Flare Pants
If you invest in one color trend this season, make it hot pink. The Barbie-esque hue feels powerfully defiant in the context of suiting, and the clean lines of J. Crew’s Willa blazer and flare pants set (available in classic and tall sizes) lets the color shine.
4. Zara Cut-Out Blazer Dress
This cut-out blazer dress (made from at least 90 percent recycled polyester) from Zara has no shortage of cool details, from the crop of the jacket to the curved hem of the mini skirt. It’s better suited for an event with friends than, say, a corporate law internship.
5. Cos Sleeveless Blazer & Straight-Leg Pants
6. Everlane The ’80s Blazer & The Way-High Drape Pants
Katie Holmes stepped out earlier this year in Everlane’s oversized ’80s blazer and paired it with the Way-High Drape Pants, proving the look can do double duty as street and office style. The pieces are available in a range of colors and the trousers come in two inseams; for a slimmer fit, opt for the Wide Leg Dream Pant instead.
7. Theory Oversized Straight Blazer & Treeca Pant
What list of the best women’s suit sets would be complete without a pick from Theory? The officewear mainstay offers no shortage of fits, fabrics, and colors, but we recommend this oversized blazer and slim pant duo in the prettiest shade of brown.
8. Apiece Apart Juma Blazer & Painters Straight-Leg Pant
Apiece Apart’s clever suit set brings classic workwear details — like the blazer‘s sturdy cotton-twill fabric and roomy front patch pockets and the painter-style straight-leg pants — to a different sort of laborer. It’s a perfect fit for creative offices or meeting with an artistic client.
9. R.G. Kane Mariel Jane Suit Set
New Los Angeles-based label R.G. Kane’s belted blazer and matching trousers set is a casual approach to office dressing. Pair it with a tank top or a fitted T-shirt for a laid-back look or wear it with a nice blouse for a more buttoned-up outfit.
10. M.M. LaFleur Origami Tech & Colby Pant
M.M. LaFleur offers a range of sharp women’s suiting, including wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable pieces like the Moreland jacket and the Colby pant from its travel-friendly Origami Tech line. The blazer boasts a tailored fit and strategic zippered pockets, while the streamlined pants offer a sweatpant-like fit and a tapered jogger-style silhouette; both fold into convenient packable shapes.
11. Helmut Lang Slash Blazer & Straight Suit Pant
Helmut Lang’s stretch wool Slash blazer stands out in the sea of black suiting with its asymmetric single-button closure and unexpected cut-out detail. Let the jacket sing with a timeless bottom half, like the brand’s classic straight-leg suit pants in coordinating black.
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