Striped Suit Outfits for Women. What comes to mind when you think of suits on women? Corporate jobs, business lunches, Wall Street? If so, you are not alone. The pantsuit was once traditionally masculine; happily, that is no longer the case!
In fact, suits are having a bit of a heyday in the trend sphere. Particularly striped suits. And fashion icons everywhere are rocking striped and pinstriped sets like nobody’s business. From blazers and pants to jackets and shorts, the traditional suit has never had more alternatives to choose from.
So, if you are wanting to dress up your work attire, bring some business-chic into your casual summer wear, or just want to hop onto the trend, this article is going to show you exactly how to do it. You’ll find a list of brands that offer some majorly chic suits as well as a collection of curated picks that will give you an idea of how to rock a striped suit yourself. Let’s get started!
Where to Buy Striped Suits for Women
As with any trend, tracking down the piece or style in question can get a little overwhelming. If you don’t already have an idea of where to look, you might feel a little stumped, and resort to flipping through overpriced fashion magazines or pawing through racks of marked-down clothing at JCPenny. Here at Outfit Trends, we want to save you the hassle.
Here are eight brands that sport some gorgeous striped suits, as well as some links to some of their dopest options.
- ASOS. From their camel-colored pantsuits (here) to their miniskirt and blazer set (here), ASOS doesn’t disappoint.
- Brooks Brothers. If you love a dainty pinstripe, this baby pink linen set of jacket and pants is just gorgeous.
- & Other Stories. Want some fit and flare action? Check out this navy trouser and jacket set.
- SHEIN. On a budget? This belted blazer and pants set won’t break the bank.
- YesStyle. Love a bold suit? Check out this double-breasted one.
- Venus. Rock this tweed suit all summer long.
- YOOX. Designer Peter Pilotto happily gave us this sartorial jacket and pants set and we have no complaints.
- ZARA. This rustic blazer and shorts set are endlessly chic.
How to Wear Striped Suits?
In our last post we talked about styling Suits With Sneakers but striped suits are in a class of their own which is why they had to have a separate post. Let’s take a look at how fashion bloggers, celebrities, models, and ordinary women are styling striped suits.
#17. With Sheer Striped Shirt
This banger of a look doesn’t shy away from making a statement. From the sheer top to the wide shoulder pads and thick black-and-white stripe, this is a take on the striped suit best suited to parties, photo-shoots, and fashion events. This is a suit that unapologetically demands attention, so wear it bold and wear it proud. Accessorize with oversize earrings and silver metallic heels.
#16. Stripe on Stripe on Stripe
This slim-fit suit can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Want to cement yourself as a true fashionista? Try layering the suit with a striped top! With so much going on, this is one look where less (accessories) is more. Some two-toned sunnies and a simple necklace will do the job nicely. Add nude heels and you have got yourself quite the ensemble.
#15. Michelle Obama’s Glittery Pantsuit
Remember when former First Lady Michelle Obama rocked this glittering suit? It’s a stunning suit for a few reasons. The high-waist on the pant is slimming and great for women of all shapes and sizes. The length of the jacket hits almost mid-thigh, which helps balance the high-waist. The black sweetheart neckline blouse underneath draws the eye inward (another slimming trick), and then she finished off the look with dainty heels. Love!
#14. Olivia Munn’s Striped Suit
Olivia Munn made quite the fashion statement when she rocked this extremely pretty striped suit. From flared pants to its high waist, there are lots of little details on this suit that we can take note of and look for, mostly because this is a great example of a feminine pantsuit. The button detailing on the waist, the crisp shoulders, the long, flared pants. She wore it with a silver metallic top and a handbag and went for a moderately glam makeup look. And that’s how it’s done!
#13. With White Tee & Sandals
Linen suits are such an easy way to feel stylish and chic in the warmer months. Much like dresses, they offer a one-and-done effect that can be very helpful, especially when you are in a style rut. Simply pop one of these sets on and you are halfway to a chic look. We love the simplicity of this outfit, which only requires a few accessories. Plus, it’s a set that looks good on ladies of any age or size.
#12. Short Sleeves & Crop Top
Here’s a way to rock the pinstriped suit trend that feels very current. Go for short sleeves and pair it up with a crop top. The pants have a looser fit, which is a great balance for the mid-riff baring top. Also, you can definitely rock the heels or you can switch them out for some kicks or sneakers to dress it down. There are so many great ways to wear a suit like this, so do some experimenting until you find your look!
#11. Striped Jacket & Skirt
When dressing for work in summer, feeling cool and fresh is top of the list. It’s a different feel in the warmer months and so why not bring some of that into the office with you? This linen jacket and skirt set will do the job nicely (no pun intended!). Pair it with a simple neutral-colored top and some heels of your choice. The dressier the heel, the more professional the overall effect.
#10. Linen Spring Suit
With spring unfolding all around us, having a nifty little look like this on hand is game-changing. Simply pop on a white cami, add some slip-on sandals, and grab yourself a straw bag and you are ready for all sorts of occasions! From work to birthday parties to brunch to baby showers, this outfit is a lifesaver. For more inspiration, do check out these Best Matching Sets & Tips on How to Style Them.
#9. Pinstriped Suit
This blogger rocked this chic pinstriped pantsuit to a wedding, simply because she wasn’t in the mood to wear a dress! Genius! If you too are just not in a dress mood, this suit is a crazy gorgeous alternative. She wore hers with a white shirt underneath, funky sunglasses, chunky hoop earrings, and some leather mid-heel pumps. She accented the look with pops of red via lipstick, shoes, and bag and the overall effect is ridiculously stylish.
#8. Navy Blue-and-White Shorts & Jacket
From dates to parties to photo-shoots and beyond, this shorts-and-jacket ensemble will have you feeling like a gal ready to take on the runway. To snag the look for yourself, you will need a navy blue-and-white striped set paired up with a white button-down.
It’s all in the details, so push those sleeves up, tie a kerchief around your neck in an oversized bow, and pop on some designer shades. Lastly, some half-mule heels and a designer purse will tie the look together.
#7. Dark Green for Spring
Talk about style! This stunning blogger blew us away with her emerald green pantsuit, worn with a gingham coat, nude heels, and a twist-front bodysuit. Perfect for making a splash in spring, it takes a vivacious woman to rock this ensemble.
#6. Gigi Hadid Street-Style Suit
We can all agree that Gigi Hadid could essentially rock a burlap sack and still look gorgeous. Thankfully for us, she chooses instead to show off her chic and trendy style in a way that we can easily emulate.
With this outfit, we see how fun suits can be as well as the possibilities for exciting colors. Don’t feel like you are stuck in white, navy blue, or beige pantsuits. Get out of your comfort zone with some adventurous color choices and feel free to ditch the heels for a pair of sneakers: you will feel like a proper fashionista, ready to take on even the most boring of errands in style. Here are some more tips on Striped Pant Outfits.
#5. With a Tee-Shirt
If you are wondering how to rock a suit in a way that feels casual but still edgy, try wearing yours with a tee-shirt. It can be a band tee, a logo tee, or sport a motif you like… the sky is the limit! Also, try and get outside the box with your suit’s colors as well (like the previous outfit). This orange-and-black combo is super unique and will stand out from the crowd.
#4. Sienna Miller’s Rust-Colored Suit
The words casual, elegant, and chic come to mind when admiring this particular outfit worn by Sienna Miller. She paired a slightly loose-fitting suit with a white top, cute sunglasses, and some coordinating heels. From work-wear to travel-wear, this look will fit the bill.
#3. Paris-Style Three-Piece Suit
To feel like a proper Parisian fashion queen, you’ll need a few qualifiers. Slightly messy, casual bedhead hair. Natural makeup. Distinctive shoes. Oh, and a three-piece suit! This whole ensemble feels effortlessly chic, which is something Parisian-style icons are known for. Keep your accessories minimal and let your outfit do the talking. Here are some more French Fashion Trends you might enjoy.
#2. Travel Suit + Chic Weekend Attire
One of our last picks is this chic suit that conjures up visions of strolling through museums, dining at cafes, having brunch with girlfriends, and even traveling. With such a suit, you will want to keep the rest of your look complementary. A simple neutral purse and two-toned heels provide the perfect finishing touches.
#1. How to Wear a Striped Suit in Summer
While we provided several options for styling a suit for summer-wear, here’s our final pick that is both timeless as well as sophisticated and chic. This pale linen pantsuit is wonderfully paired with a crisp white button-down, statement earrings, and ankle-strap heels. You can wear this ensemble to work, to meetings with clients, or simply to a lunch date. Best of all, you will be able to stay light and cool while doing it, as this material is linen, lightweight, and perfect for summer!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about striped suits and how to style them.
Q. Are pinstripe suits out of style?
A. No, ma’am. Pinstriped suits have been around for many a decade. While it’s true their popularity can rise and fall with whatever is currently trending, they are, in some ways, quite timeless. Lucky for you, pinstripe suits are actually a bit of a microtrend right now in grand ol’ 2021 so if you have been wanting to try them out, now is your time to shine!
Q. What do you wear with a striped suit?
A. Depending on the type of suit (are you wearing a jacket with a skirt? a vest top with pants? a blazer and shorts?), you will want to first determine what style you are going for. Are you creating a street-style look a la Gigi Hadid? (See outfit #6.) Are you needing a workwear ensemble? Are you just trying to look chic in the warmer weather?
Once you know how dressy or casual you want to be, you will be able to determine what kind of top, shoes, and accessories you want. You can pair anything from a crop top or a button-down blouse with your suit. Footwear is also an area where you can get creative. You can try chunky white sneakers or some super-stiletto heels. You can wear flats or mid-heel loafers.
Scroll through this article and screenshot the looks that most appeal to you for more ideas!
Q. How can I make my suit look feminine?
- A. Go for a closer fit. The less structured your suit is, the more hidden your figure.
- Pair with accessories. They don’t have to be overly feminine like a flower headband, but some jewelry and a beautiful handbag are great ways to feminize the ensemble.
- Ankle-length pants can be slimming and a great way to show off a high heel.
- Choose a lighter-colored suit, like beige, pink, or light gray.
- Add a swipe of lipstick. A bold colored lipstick draws the eye and plays up your femininity.
- Opt for a blouse that shows skin below the clavicle or has a cutout in that region. Right around the sternum is a good rule of thumb. Showing cleavage isn’t deemed professional so keep this in mind, particularly if you are creating a work outfit.
- Tie a cute scarf around the neck for an extra womanly touch.
R.H. Elias is a freelance writer, aspiring author, and freelance transcriptionist. She is a homebody all the way and loves curling up on a cold, rainy day with a good book and a warm cup of tea. Her favourite pastimes include reading, writing, and watching period films. She currently lives in Puerto Rico.