12 Real Women Meet Their Perfect Suit

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We’ll be the first to admit, shopping for a suit is not always easy. Sometimes the choices can feel overwhelming: fitted blazer or longline, pin stripes or classic black, shawl lapel or notched—the list goes on. So, after tirelessly searching for the perfect suit formula, we decided it was time for a little outside help.

We invited 12 women of different body types, ages, sizes, and styles to take our latest collection for real world test drive, and help us understand how people really shop for suits, what they look for, and when they know when they’ve met their perfect match. Though their answers are varied, one thing is abundantly clear: falling in love with a suit isn’t just about the fit, it’s about the feeling you get when you put it on.

 

1. KALEENA: ACTOR, ARTIST, VEGAN, CREATOR OF FEMINIST ZINES

“I like simple, straightforward, versatile pieces, so this black suit is perfect for me. When I put it on I feel like the best version of myself, like I can take on the world.”

Kaleena is wearing The Havilland Blazer and The Cooper Pant.

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2. MARGARET: MAMA, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ACTIVIST

“As someone who identifies as genderqueer, I like to combine masculine and feminine aspects. I feel really powerful when I’m wearing a suit that fits me well.”

Margaret is wearing The Kitt Long Blazer and The Olivier Pant.

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3. ALLISON: DESIGNER AT ALLISON BARTLINE JEWELRY, CO-OWNER OF GEM GEM IN PORTLAND, OR

“Suits have a way of feeling both polished and a little bit rock and roll. I love the versatility of wearing the jacket and pants together or styling separately; And, personally, I think it’s the perfect backdrop of piling on a sh*t ton of jewelry.”

Allison is wearing The Bassey Long Blazer and The Cooper Pant.

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4. MICHELLE: TECH STARTUP GENIUS, FORMER MARINE, BELIEVER IN THE POWER OF KINDNESS

“For me, a suit is all about how you style it: think bow ties and bolos, and fine details from the hat to the shoes. Put it all together and I feel like a rockstar—sophisticated, empowered, and confident.”

Michelle is wearing The Satana Long Blazer and The Peck Jogger.

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5. MALIA: MUSICIAN, HANDSTAND ENTHUSIAST

“My personal style is pretty laid back, so I like to style my suit with a tee and casual shoes to feel dapper and spruced up without sacrificing comfort. Being able to mix-and-match separates is a great way to keep a suit feeling more casual.”

Malia is wearing The Bassey Long Blazer and The Olivier Pant.

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6. DEBBIE: DENTAL ASSISTANT, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, MARATHON RUNNER

“I know I’ve found the perfect suit when I can check four boxes: color, texture, style, and fit. If all those things come together it makes me feel like a sexy, sophisticated boss lady, and I swear I stand just a little bit taller.”

Debbie is wearing The Satana Long Blazer and The Newman Pant.

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7. CAROLINE: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, FASHIONISTA, CURATOR OF ONE-OF-A-KIND STYLE

“Rocking a suit is more than looking the look, it’s walking the walk. A good suit guarantees comfort and versatility, it will be loyal to you in the office and out on the town, and should turn heads as you walk by.”

Caroline is wearing The Avalon Boyfriend Blazer and The Caine Jogger.

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8. ANNA: MEMBER OF WILDFANG’S KICKASS RETAIL TEAM, MOST LIKELY TO BE FOUND WITH BURRITO IN HAND

“I would describe myself as the opposite of normal so I tend to look for suits with personality: fun patterns, color, or anything that makes it a little bit different. A kickass suit makes me feel powerful and fancy as f*ck.”

Anna is wearing The Vitti Blazer and The Olivier Pant.

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9. JEANNE: TOTALLY BLESSED WIFE, MOM, GRANDMOTHER, SISTER, FRIEND

“My advice for finding the perfect suit? Don’t be afraid to ask an expert. I like having someone say ‘try this, I think it will work for you.’ Just remember: you’re looking for comfort, style, and a little bit of sass!”

Jeanne is wearing The Redgrave Blazer and The Newman Pant.

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10. STORMY: HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST, PAINTER, JEWELRY MAKER, MOTHER OF RAD TEENAGE SON

“I like a super versatile suit that I can style to go with my mood. When I want to be comfortable and nonchalant, I throw on a well-loved tee with some Vans, and when I’m feeling confident and sexy, I pair it with a silk top and my favorite black heels.”

Stormy is wearing The Havilland Blazer and The Cooper Pant.

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11. PAGE: WILDFANG ASSISTANT MANAGER, BRUNCH CONNOISSEUR, SELF PROCLAIMED PSYCHIC

“Finding the right fit is everything, especially in the shoulders and arms. I always like to make sure I can move naturally before I commit, but when I rock a perfectly tailored suit I feel powerful, sharp, and BOSSY.”

Page is wearing The Redgrave Blazer and The Newman Pant.

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12. LINA: AVID ARTIST, BAD PUN ENTHUSIAST, CHIHUAHUA DEVOTEE

Wearing a suit is a serious statement and can make you feel like a total badass. I look for a flattering cut and something I can move around in, then I style it in unexpected ways like adding a pair of kicks and a few choice accessories.”

Lina is wearing The Vitti Blazer and The Olivier Pant.

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One Response to “ 12 Real Women Meet Their Perfect Suit ”

  1. Hey ladies! Love the style. I wanted to put it out there that I’m in the process of opening an online maternity clothing store for tomboys. Because you should always be able to be yourself. Feel free to visit my blog and share it with every tomboy you know. Keep up the good work!!

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