Not to compare first ladies, but as you can see, a well tailored, form fitting suit can make all the difference. Regardless of your shape, size, or preferences, you are more likely to be happy with yourstore-bought suit if you do a little leg work get it altered
to your taste. It’ll leave you looking and feeling like Michelle Obama – absolutely fantastic!
That’s what we all dread, no? Looking plain, uninteresting, shapeless. It’s one of the main reason women avoid shopping at general stores like JC Penny or Sears for our business attire, no matter how much more cost efficient it may be. There are even negative streotypes that come with being a women who loves dressing in pant suits: overly aggressive, masculine, unfashionable, lack of personality? But are these notions always true?
Of course not – we can dress in a suit and look just a fantastic as a guy would look, right??
What are some of the problem areas with retail-sold pant and skirt suits for women?
We’ve all heard it. During a career fair: business casual attire please! Or maybe a week before a presentation for a finance or management class. Business casual attire.
And it always turns out the same. The day of, some people are dressed to the max (more so guys than girls).
Obviously, you think to that guy, that’s business formal!
But what about the ladies? How casual is casual enough – without being too casual? I know when I think business casual I think of Ann Taylor, Gap, stores that allow you to mix and match fun styles while still managing to look professional and not too cute. This is what comes to my mind:
A plethora of options that tend to confuse people altogether and eventually leads some poor woman to the wrong path altogether. The other concern is price: the Ann taylor top and pant alone cost $136 – without the blazer or shoes. That’s pretty pricey for business casual.
Rather, the way I’d deal with business casual is to remove the blazer from your business formal. It’s not the most exciting way to do it, but it allows flexibility from meeting to meeting, keeps you looking fresh and professional without running into ‘too casual’ zone.
Traditional Ideas of Business Casual for Men/Women
It’s that special time of the year. New York Fashion Week swept by last week with Philly Fashion Week coming up and making a special stop on UPenn’s campus. Alongside the usual haute culture looks we expect from designers, Carolina Herrera designed some suits for her female models, and oh the joy it brought to my heart. Of course, these women are tall, slim and not representative of most of the working female population, however, it is a step in the right direction. Rather than women wearing “men’s suits,” these ones are made for the female figure. They’re form fitting without being unflatteringly tight and definitely look professional. What do you think? Would you buy these suits for work or personal use?