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Menswear Monday: Hey Ladies! Check Out Tips on How to Rock Pantsuits



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Style blogger, Adetoun Ajiboye makes bright and bold statement in this pretty pantsuit

Every now and then it’s okay to blur the lines that separate the sexes in fashion. Men embrace more traditional  feminine aesthetics like bracelets, chains and earrings, while women rock boyfriend jeans, ties, loafers and more.

As much as we would love to stick to our flirty dresses and sexy skirts, sometimes we just want to rock a professional suit and make it ours. So today, BN Style will be sharing some tips on how you can rock a pantsuit in the most feminine ways possible.

Check them out!

1. When wearing a pantsuit, you want to feel as comfortable as possible. That is why getting the fit right is very important.

Suits are not a ‘one size fits all’ deal. They take proper measurements and trial before you find the right one. A great way to get the right size is to buy the pieces separately. This is both stylish and strategic. If you know what size of jackets and pants you wear, simply get them in your size and ensure they go well together.

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Stella Uzo of Jádore Fashion is a chic stylista in her pantsuit! We love the strap detail on the legs

2. The length of the sleeve is very important in selecting a jacket. Be sure that the sleeve stops just below the wrist, and it should, by no means, get to or go past the pad of your thumb; if it does it will make you seem somewhat amateur and slouchy.

3. In terms of the size of the pants, they should be at least an inch bigger than your actual waist size. This is so even if you tuck your shirt in or not, there will still be that comfort zone available for you. Plus, it decreases the chances of you getting a muffin top (and who doesn’t hate that).

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Kenya Moore rocked a hot pink pantsuit to The Apprentice show! Super girly and professional

4. Chances are you’ll wear your suit with heels (we hope), so when it comes to the length of the trousers, be sure it ends at your ankles. This will make the fit of the suit look just right for your stature. However, if you are shorter in height, you might want to get trousers that are a bit longer so it can elongate your frame. The opposite applies for taller people.

5. If you’re carrying a bun in the oven and still want to rock your suit, you can! Try a single-button jacket or blazer that buttons just below the bust and right above the stomach. It would not only give comfort but will also show off your adorable bump.

Another great way is to get a blazer that doesn’t come with buttons or leave them loosened so you don’t get uncomfortable.

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Stella of Jádore Fashion sure knows how to style her bump

6. Get at least 3 pairs of trousers, jackets and skirts in solid colours of black, dark grey and deep blue. These colours are great when paired with bright colours and leave a less lasting impression just in case you want to wear them again.

This will give you more options when it comes to your outfits, and it will seem like you’re wearing a totally different outfit each time.

7. Get unconventional colours and cuts for a more modern vibe. For example, instead of wearing a black suit with a white shirt, try a white suit with a black shirt like Oprah. It is more stylish, catchy and modern.

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Oprah makes her statement in a Power Pantsuit! So chic!

8. For our fashionistas out there, you can get a suit in a different cut. Suits don’t just come in the traditional pantsuit or skirt suit silhouettes. Some suits have capes, cut-outs, embellishments and more.

9. If you want to rock a suit to a less formal event, you can. Try getting a peplum jacket for a more relaxed, informal and feminine look. This way you look all business and pleasure.

A peplum pantsuit from CLAN's 2014 collection

A peplum pantsuit from CLAN’s 2014 collection

10. If you’re are willing to go the whole mile and rock a tie, a general rule of thumb is to ensure the tie is the same size as the lapels. If they’re not the same or similar in sizes, your outfit might end up looking lopsided and contrasting.


We know we have a lot of Stylistas who love to rock a stylish suit. Be sure to share your go-to tips with us!

Photo Credit: @jadorefashion (Instagram) | @Priiincess (Instagram) | @Tounaj (Instagram) | @thekenyamoore (Instagram)

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  1. hotlanta

    February 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    That kenya’ s pink suit is da thing!!!!

  2. honi

    February 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    the yellow suit pictures are not flattering at all…

  3. Keziah

    February 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Who contoured Oprah’s nose? it looks weird.

  4. deb

    February 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Kenya Moore. Yellow suits looks not ironed or poorly tailored

    • sisi

      February 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

      iron your own wen u wanna rock yours…get a better tailor too…

  5. [email protected]

    February 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Hot hot hot I Def will be getting one made!


    February 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Kenya always looking fabulous. love Stella s well

  7. Mz Socially Awkward....

    February 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    “Menswear Monday” sounds very catchy. 🙂

    I thought you’d also go into pointers like how to appropriate male-oriented features in a suit (like double breasted jackets and little kerchief pockets). I personally think that double breasted jackets work really well with peg-legged or tapered pants and nice heels, for a nicely androgynous look but my personal rule is to keep the jacket buttoned up so the whole ensemble doesn’t look too boxy/untidy.

    For long slim-lined jackets, I like to pair these with similarly slim-line pants and keep the heels high, just to add some femininity. If I’m opting for a severe look, I’ll choose Oprah’s (she looks good) but leaving out the tie and just keeping the black shirt open-necked with the first two buttons undone. Male-inspired looks can be really on point when it’s well executed.

  8. Tuke

    February 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Pantsuits are amazing, rocked a pinstriped one in one of my workflow posts.

  9. Toebee

    February 10, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Nice suit Toun Ajiboye. Feggi girls be representing.

  10. ACE

    February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Love love Kenyas suit, love the color as well

  11. Dame

    February 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Toun Ajiboye reppinnnnnnng as always. She slays in that yellow suit ! FEGGI REPRESENTING

  12. Reinventing my wardrobe

    February 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    @bellanaija can you please recommend some stores that are currently stocking suits in your article …

  13. joaine wilkes

    January 31, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Style blogger, Adetoun Ajiboye makes bright and bold statement in this pretty pantsuit
    how i can order that yellow siut?????????? please explain and help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!

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