The days when suits and trousers simply meant black and boring are long gone. Back in the ’90s, Hillary Clinton made pantsuit history in all colors of the rainbow while First Lady of the United States and Gwyneth Paltrow famously rocked that red velvet Gucci number to the MTV VMA’s. The colored pantsuit has come a long way since then, and they’re hotter than ever.
Red Velvet Pant Suit worn by Gwyneth Paltrow
Bottle Green High Waisted Suit
If you haven’t noticed, the past few seasons have seen a slew of celebrities in pantsuits and skirt suits in almost every conceivable color – and they were definitely not just worn to the office or business meetings. The time of the #GirlBoss has definitely brought with it a chic business aesthetic that’s meant for both work and play. We’re giving you a few tips so you can own the look, literally and figuratively, in and out of the office.
Olivia Wilde in a green pant suit suit
Double Breasted Pink Oversized Suit. Why not?
An office-appropriate look doesn’t mean you have to stick to black, blue or any other basic color. Colored suits and trousers can work for professional settings if you choose more subtle, subdued color tones and stick to a tailored style that’s cut close to your body. Try a dark green suit instead of wearing black or perhaps a light pink suit with a crisp white button-up shirt for a more stylish take on the traditional office attire. If you want to feel extra feminine, wear a matching colored skirt that falls just to your knees.
Julianne Moore looking good in a pink pantsuit
Yellow Pant Suit. The color of the season
For a non-office look that’s more relaxed, feel free to wear a bold colored suit like bright pink, royal blue or even yellow. Wear it with a plain, solid-colored shirt in the same color tone or mix it up with a completely contrasting yet complementary color that can be solid or even printed. For an even more fashion-forward take, wear wide-leg trousers with an oversized suit, whether single breasted or double breasted and with or without a shirt inside.
Mustard yellow pant suit by Sumissura
And one more Pink Suit. Mini Skirted!
Colored pantsuits aren’t only reserved for weekdays. Weekends are perfect for styling your pantsuit casually. Instead of wearing a dressy silk shirt or a button-up top, juxtapose your tailored pantsuit with a completely casual graphic t-shirt. Take the lead of actress Olivia Wilde and wear a green or even a mustard-colored pantsuit and pair it with black rock and roll graphic t-shirt. Switch the heels for sneakers for a fun and comfortable weekend look. Sneakers have become a favorite shoe choice to go with a suit and trousers. Just ask Bella Hadid, who’s been seen fashionably wearing sneakers with both pantsuits and skirt suits.
Bella Hadid in a cute pink skirt suit
Wearing a pantsuit in the evening doesn’t mean you came straight from the office and didn’t have time to change. It also doesn’t mean that your pantsuit can’t look sexy and sophisticated. The evening version of the pantsuit is all about the right accessories and the right inner top – or lack thereof. Forget your usual plain or buttoned shirt. Wear a lace camisole or even a bustier for a little seductive contrast to the serious suit. If a bustier isn’t your thing, you can also try a crop top or bandeau worn with an open suit. Wear a pink tweed skirt suit with a crop top à la Kendall Jenner. You can even take it a step further and start your evening in heels then switch to sneakers as the night rolls, just like she did.
Royal (almost electric) blue Pant Suit
If you’re more of a risk-taker, wear your suit with just a bra. A royal blue pantsuit with a black lace bra and heels works perfectly. Whether you want to button your suit and just give a glimpse of your bra or wear it completely open, it’s entirely up to you. Now for the daring who really wants to go for serious and sensual, forget the inner garment completely. As Nicole Scherzinger proves, sometimes the best item to wear inside your suit is just a diamond necklace.
Nicole Scherzinger in a royal blue tuxedo
Whether you’re more Girl Boss or Boss Babe, a colored pantsuit and skirt suit are versatile must-haves in your closet.