Utilising basics: The Black Suit

July 4, 2017

The standard black suit may seem cliche and boring, but it's one of the most versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe as you can adapt it to fit nearly any occasion. 

 

THE WORK EDIT

 

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The most obvious use of a black suit is to wear it for work. Update your workwear with a longline blazer such as this one if your work environment is less corporate. Add mules to keep it summery and androgynous, and contrast that with more feminine earrings like these fantastic pink pom pom ones! Add a classic white blouse and your workwear look is complete! To add more interest to the outfit, swap out a classic v-neck blouse for a wrap blouse such as this one.

 

Blazer: M&S

Trousers: H&M

Earrings: Pull and Bear

Blouse: Matalan

Shoes: ASOS

 

 

 

 THE DINNER PARTY EDIT

 

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A black suit is smart and chic, which makes it perfect for formal occasions where you don't want to wear a dress, but you've exhausted all of your jumpsuit and playsuit options. Keep the look simple and avoid excess accessories to make it more sophisticated. Add a cami in any colour other than black- I went for this silver one to create a real contrast between the suit and top, and to make it stand out. The fluidity of the satin material helped to create some movement and flow compared to the otherwise tailored and 'stiff' suit. I accessorised with statement earrings- a must for this season- and decided to keep the neckline free, though you could easily swap out statement earrings for a statement necklace. I lastly added strappy heels to elongate my legs, as heels that show toes help to lengthen your profile. 

 

Blazer: M&S

Trousers: H&M

Top: Mango

Heels: ZARA

Earrings: ZARA

 

 

 

THE SMART-CASUAL EDIT

 

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Suits don't HAVE to be completely smart! Add a t-shirt and trainers and you've completely changed the whole vibe. Here I paired this busy and bright graphic t-shirt with the suit, as I knew the colours would pop against the black. I swapped out the skinny suit trousers for some culottes, which are still smart but are slightly nicer to wear in summer weather as they're more airy. With that said, the skinner suit trouser would still work perfectly with a t-shirt-trainer combo! I added brightly coloured satin platform trainers to finish off the outfit; as satin is associated with more formal or dressy events usually, the trainers seemed smarter than usual. There are infinite t-shirt-trainer combos that work, and so this makes this outfit one of the easiest to recreate! During the winter, swap your t-shirt for a thick knit jumper, and your trainers for some metallic brouges to make your smart-casual black suit work all year round!

 

Blazer: M&S

T-shirt: Mango

Culottes: New Look

Trainers: ZARA

 

 

 

THE BAR EDIT

 

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Imagine you've just finished a long day at the office and you're now finally finished for the week- it's time to celebrate with colleagues at a bar! But there's NO time to change, and you're not too keen on going in your full workwear ensemble, so what do you do? The answer is you transform your black suit into an evening outfit with the help of a crop top and some black heels which are lightweight, and can easily be stashed into a bag. I paired this gorgeous rust-coloured bralette with the high-waisted culottes and these chunky block heels. As the culottes are high-waisted, they can balance out the bralette so the look is kept classy. The block heels stand up against the wide culottes to make sure that they're still noticed. Add a choker or a statement necklace for a dressier feel, or keep it simple as I did, and accessorise with a clutch or your workbag. 

 

Blazer: M&S

Culottes: New Look

Bralette: ZARA

Shoes: ZARA

 

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