Blurring the lines between feminine and masculine, the pantsuit is the hottest trend that we hope is here to stay. From Angelina Jolie’s black and white number at the Red Carpet to Ellen DeGeneres’ lux velvet affair at the Oscars, the suit has never been more obvious in the limelight. And with summer here, we think the pantsuit can be worn in a light and easy avatar, which can take you to a more formal look minus the heat.
Go retro
 

Go retro

Yeah yeah, we’ve probably done the classic black and white a gazillion times by now. But you have to admit—it never tires and looks oh-so-chic! It earns extra brownie points as it is slimming on the body and also looks super crisp. Opt for an interesting element by pinning or knotting a bow tie on your suit shirt for that added élan.

Styling Credits - Photography: Akshata Viveka, Styling: Deepa Sajnani, Model: Sumati Sapru, Hair and Makeup: Pooja Mathur
Product Credits - Sheer organza shirt: Zara, Jacket: Zara, Trousers: Stylist’s own, Shoes: Nine West, Envelope clutch: Nine West, Ring: Accessorise

Splash it with colour
 

Splash it with colour

If you like a touch of softness in your sharp suit avatar, play with the season’s hottest colours. Choose from lighter pastels and sorbet hues like ice blue, salmon pink and luscious lilacs. They are perfect to combat the heat, while still making you look scorching hot.

Image courtesy: Verb for Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Resort, 2014

Get it printed
 

Get it printed

Another hit on the suit circuit is the infusion of prints in all forms. Yes, suits have had a leaps-and-bounds kind of progress from boring work wear and frumpy granddad plaids to fun and vibrant tropical prints and blooms. Never has the spirit of the suit been so refreshing.

Image courtesy: Manish Malhotra for Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Resort, 2014

Accessorise like a diva
 

Accessorise like a diva

Ankle strapped block heels in solid colours or even your trusted court shoes and pumps can look great with a pantsuit. Go minimal on accessories and let your suit do the talking. If you’re going monochrome, it’s wise to opt for a structured black envelope clutch with subtle detailing like a gold clasp.

Styling Credits - Photography: Akshata Viveka, Styling: Deepa Sajnani, Model: Sumati Sapru, Hair and Makeup: Pooja Mathur
Product Credits - Sheer organza shirt: Zara, Jacket: Zara, Trousers: Stylist’s own, Shoes: Nine West, Envelope clutch: Nine West, Ring: Accessorise