Long ago, I swore off ever wearing a pantsuit or a skirt suit for that matter. Anna Wintour might have endorsed them on Hillary Clinton, but even such an incredibly influential comment can’t sway my staunch opposition to pantsuits. Luckily, I am interning in the magazine world where boring black, navy and—gasp—pinstripe pantsuits are nearly obsolete, minus the occasional lawyer who seems to have lost her way. Here, office attire is much more lenient (and fun) than other stiff corporate environments. While some might argue that pantsuits are professional, this Fashionista and I know that there is always, always a better way.
This Fashionista exemplifies the inessential need for pantsuits by wearing a perfectly polished outfit, which heeded to fashion legend Stacy London’s expert opinion: Pieces of an outfit must go, not match. This Fashionista chose a bold pencil skirt as the focus of her outfit. The nearly neon coloring is fun, while the length and appropriate fit keep it classy for the office. I always talk about wearing fun pants, but it’s also good for the soul (and closet) to mix in other forms of fun bottoms.
This Fashionista kept the outfit streamlined by tucking in a stark white shirt. The chiffon material is much more office-friendly than a casual cotton blend would be. For those walking to work, choose a tank top to keep you cool on the commute.
I love an embellished blazer, especially paired with a bold bottom. This Fashionista wore a white blazer with gold piping that complements her orange bottoms perfectly. I also love how the blazer matches her layering tank; the white-on-white top is a great combo to pair with a super bold bottom. She finished her outfit off with camel-colored heels and a fabulous manicure.
One Simple Change: An embellished blazer is a great day-to-night piece. Swap out the pencil skirt for skinny leather pants and add a pair of dangly earrings to make this outfit ready for a night out with friends.