… is just a jacket and pants (or skirt).
I, for one, have always struggled with the concept of a suit as separates. As a matchy-matchy person, I could never mix my suit components. Wearing a full suit almost daily, keeping the pieces together for even wear was a valid reason (that also reinforced my beliefs). However, most of us don’t work in a strict suit environment any more, and I have seen the light.
In my recent time as a volunteer personal shopper at the Ready for Success Program*, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of clients for whom suit-as-separates was necessary. More than once I have seen a ‘busy’ suit treated as separates, and witnessed the pieces come alive much better than as a set. As separates, patterned pieces can go with solids, sweaters can be introduced, and much more use can be gained from each piece.
Designers have started to ‘wise up’ as well. In a recent Macy’s ad, there were numerous designer suit separates advertised (and on sale even!) I have long kept an eye out for suit separates, even when I matched jackets and bottoms – I usually have a 2-size difference and would much prefer not to have to alter my pants so dramatically. I have found this to be a common challenge for most women. Separates are the answer – much like the way men’s suits have been sold forever.
So let’s take away the bad rap that suits have gotten, and look at them as separate professional pieces, even if they come purchased as a set sometimes. Options abound when we open up to the possibilities.