The recent surge in popularity of women’s tailoring means that three piece suits are hotter than ever. In contrast to the suits of earlier decades, the women’s three piece suit today features a tailored fit and a sleek silhouette.
Adding a waistcoat to a women’s trouser or skirt suit can transform a standard business suit into a genuine “power suit” – without the need for those enormous, spiky shoulders from the ’80s. The women’s three piece suit today remains firmly within the vogue for slim-fitting items.
If you’re worried that making your suit into a three piece will add too many layers to your look, rest assured that a suit pattern uniquely shaped to your measurements will always produce an attractive silhouette.
Whereas a man can appear overdressed wearing a three piece suit in the office, the women’s three piece suit is versatile. With a clinched waist, a slim fit and a high jacket base, your three piece suit is sure to look as sharp and tailored as a two piece – with the added elegance of the waistcoat.
Options for your three piece suit
There are numerous options available to a woman interested in a three piece business suit.
The most obvious option is to wear a full three piece suit in a serious, business-appropriate colour like navy, black or charcoal grey. This is the perfect kind of suit to reserve for public engagements like business meetings, visits or PR events.
A more youthful – but perhaps less formal – option is to wear a suit with a mismatched waistcoat. This will give you more freedom to express yourself with complementary colours, especially when you factor in your shirt or blouse.
The final option is wearing a waistcoat with a pair of trousers or a skirt and leave off the jacket (perfect for spring and summer). This works well if you have a coloured, tailored shirt you want to show off, too.
Waistcoat tips for women
- Try wearing a waistcoat with wide legged pants for a chic, ’60s-style look – as modeled by Victoria Beckham below.
- For an unusual but smart look, wear plaid.
- Take some inspiration from Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight and combine your waistcoat with the laid-back look of rolled up sleeves and a large collar. Perfect!