2017: The Year of Women in Suits

2017: The Year of Women in Suits 


2017 was a year where #girlboss was less of a hashtag and more of a movement. You could not attend a fashion show or walk down the street without seeing this reflected in the fashion choices of the designer collections, it girls, and style mavens. Power women in suits was a 2017 trend that could not go unnoticed. Perhaps a nod to pantsuit aficionado Ms. Clinton, everyone from Victoria Beckham and Alexander McQueen ditched feminine hemlines for more masculine silhouettes. Christian Dior took a more militant approach showing workwear inspired pant suits. Taking fashion cues from Wall Street, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang showed elevated banker suits in plaids and tweeds with boxy silhouettes. 


The female suit has, in the past, been referred to a “borrowed from the boys” look. Past styles have also reflected this boyish style: drab colors, boxy shoulders, and straight cut pants. Often referred to as a power suit, we see nothing powerful about these dated silhouettes and colors. To quote Evan Rachel Wood to THR, “It’s like saying power is associated with dressing like a man instead of just feeling powerful in whatever you’re wearing.” We couldn’t agree more, so we’re ditching this outdated comparative term. This trend is all about the power woman, a woman with a voice that is louder than ever with style that reflects that. It is a big middle finger to the idea that a woman must be feminine and delicate in order to be beautiful. However, we feel the lady suit is also the epitome of femininity. It is a symbol of strength, good taste, style, and being comfortable in one’s skin. This season’s suits have been reimagined and revisioned with today’s woman in mind. 


In addition to the looks we saw on the runways, street style stars were all business this year. Hanging outside of all the hottest shows, girls were dressed in suits of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Bold brights were a popular choice among the best dressed. Many femmed up the look with a strappy stiletto or fur stole. 


From red carpets to nights out, celebs too were following suit. Though we saw multitudes of A-list ladies rocking a suit this past year, there are 5 who particularly stood out. 


  1. Cara Delevigne 

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In the dead of the summer, the streets of NYC became Cara’s runway when she was spotted wearing a blue velvet suit by Mugler. Never the one to let gender norms constrict her, Cara also didn’t let the heat stop her from rocking this smoking jacket and trousers. Loosely fitted with sleeve cuffs rolled, Cara glammed up this dapper look with a sheer bralette, rosary style necklace, and blue tinted sunnies. 


  1. Janelle Monae


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This vocal powerhouse and actor is no stranger to the suit. Known for being unapologetic about being true to oneself regardless of what people say, Monae in a suit is a statement of uniqueness and a message to women to be proud of themselves. At the 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards, Monae sported a white tailored Barbara Bui suit with black and yellow accents. Relaxed fit trousers and rolled sleeve cuffs created a polished yet comfortable look. 


  1. Octavia Spencer




Spencer was a vision at this year’s Golden Globes. While most opted for elaborate tulle and bedazzled ball gowns, Octavia took a more refined and simplistic, but nonetheless striking route. In a navy tailored suit with tuxedo pants, the actor looked classic and comfortable. With a pair of velvet platforms, cascading earrings, and a showstopping emerald ring, a little glitz and glam rounded out the ensemble to create a complete stunning look. 


  1. Kim Kardashian West



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The ultimate A-lister attended the Forbes Women’s Summit in a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier pinstripe business suit. In true 80s fashion, the suit was complete with shoulder pads and a double-breasted jacket. The reality star and entrepreneur Kim K’ed it up a bit by forgoing any undergarments beneath her jacket and slipping on some strappy sandals. 


  1. Evan Rachel Wood


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Channelling Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie, Evan Rachel Wood stepped out on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet in a stunning 3-piece custom suit by Altuzarra with a flared tuxedo pant, long fitted jacket, and white vest. Wood made a decision to exclusively rock pant suits at this past year’s award shows to let young girls worldwide know that dresses are not a requirement of woman or girlhood. 


The women’s suit is not about mimicking menswear. It is a statement of individuality, confidence, and strength, a mirror of womanhood. As we close out 2017, the suit becomes a symbol of showing that we are here, strong, beautiful, and exquisitely dressed. This is no gender role reversal. This is the new normal.  


At The Tailory, we create custom suits in NYC tailored just for you. You’re one-of-a-kind. Your clothing should be too. Let us dress you.  


How to rock a tailored suit for NYE 

How to rock a tailored suit for NYE

 If you are looking to truly impress in the style stakes this New Year’s Eve, nothing quite compares to a form-fitting, beautifully crafted, tailored suit. A suit is the ultimate sign of fashion credentials and it can be adapted for every preference, body shape and event.  

For females, an elegant or edgy suit worn this December 31st (or any night of the year for that matter) can exude confidence and power. The structure of a fine women’s tailored suit, perhaps layered with lace or with a dainty bralette peeking out from underneath, makes you look both smart and sexy and is the ideal antidote to an LBD or something bodycon. 

Meanwhile for men, nothing screams “handsome” louder than a perfectly fitted suit. Whether it’s a three-piece, a custom tailored suit, a tuxedo or a fancy jacket teamed with contrasting pants for an ensemble that appears off the cuff and effortless (when in actuality it is completely deliberate and well thought through, of course).  

No matter where you plan to spend the final hours of 2017 – at an intimate dinner, a trendy cocktail party or a glamorous gathering with your friends – there is certainly something to suit.  

Take a look at some of the hot trends and key styles that will have you feeling like a million dollars while you wave goodbye to this past year and welcome 2018. We’re thinking texture, patterns and a ton of sophistication. 


Look Luxe in a Tux 

Is there anything more classic and appropriate for a NYE party than a tuxedo? It’s a staple in every man’s wardrobe and for good reason. It is the absolute embodiment of ‘black-tie dressing’ and is perfect for a classy function.  

 A tux or dinner suit is distinguished by its satin detail, typically seen on the lapels, pocket trim, buttons and often down the leg of the trousers, which adds more dimension to the outfit than a plain black jacket and pants. Often worn with a bowtie, it’s hard to find a fault with the tuxedo and if you’re unsure of how adventurous to be for NYE, this might be the go-to for you. 

But if you are aiming to stand out a tad more, opt for a tuxedo in a subtle checkered pattern or perhaps a navy blue colour. And don’t forget a pocket square. 


Photo: Pinterest 


Ladies, a tuxedo can definitely be an option for you too. Stride into the room with an air of “Je ne sais quoi” by sporting a flattering tux and killer stilettos. If you’re feeling really bold, complete the look with dramatic accessories, such as a large statement ring or jewel-encrusted earrings. Don’t forget the bowtie for an androgynous touch – you can even leave it undone à la Angelina Jolie. 


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21-year-old actress and singer, Zendaya has perfected the classic tux look. 


Photo: Zendaya – Pinterest 



Velvet: The Trend That Keeps on Giving 

It was all over the runways last year and it’s back again this year. Velvet. the trend that gives us true texture and, quite frankly, complements suits like champagne and diamonds. A sumptuous velvet suit jacket is extremely stylish and can even keep you a tiny bit cozier in the chilly winter weather. Maybe.   

It’s a perfect all-rounder for a fun cocktail evening, rooftop drinks or a plush dinner date. 


 Photo: Caruso – Mr Porter 


Velvet looks stunning in deep winter tones, such as plum, bottle green and dark blue, for both ladies and gentlemen. You can team your jacket with velvet pants for a real impact (think Tom Ford’s unreal blue velvet tux for Gucci) or go for an entirely different material on the bottom for a mix and match style that no-one else will be wearing. Black or grey cotton pants look extra elegant. 

 Photo: Tom Ford for Gucci Blue Velvet Tuxedo – Era Luxe 


You’ll look truly one of a kind – as it should be on NYE! 


Go bold or go home 

 As already established, a suit is a very powerful thing. But a suit with embroidery or colour blocking? That’s an entirely different species. Bold stitching, plush patterns and radical designs can shock and awe in all the right ways and New Year’s Eve is just the occasion to put this to the test.  


Photo: Gucci – Mr Porter 


Gucci knows what we’re talking about, as the brand has carefully crafted a sharp blue paisley jacquard tuxedo jacket and matching trousers for men. At closer inspection, however, this designer suit is not a paisley print at all, but in fact a stunning collection of seahorses and stars.  

For the females, there are options for days. No matter what you’re into, there is guaranteed to be something to reflect your personality perfectly. Go for intricate floral details, jackets dotted with pearls and lace or go all out with striking colours. We also love subtle studs or even creative, graphic designs that make you look like you’ve walked straight out of the Museum of Modern Art.  


Photo: Solange in Just Cavalli – Glamour.com 


Who said a suit is just a jacket and pants?! Happy New Year’s! 

Fashion Week 2017



We do not follow the Fashion Calendar! For New York Fashion Week 2017, not only did we show Fall/Winter instead of Spring/Summer, we showcased a collection of tailored suiting that isn't your standard dapper attire. Keeping true to our concept of customizing clothing for the individual client, we designed and curated each look specific to the models that represented us on the runway.

With a diverse model lineup showcasing activist Erika Hart, model Benjamin Melzer, (the first transgender model to grace the cover of Men's Health Magazine) and Holland's Top Model winner Loiza Lamers,(the first transgender model to win the Top Model Franchise, we hoped to convey that Fashion goes beyond the clothing and is really about the person wearing it. Whether it's rocker chic, sporty or ultra femme, we designed each piece with the model in mind allowing them to show the world just how they see themselves. I mean, that is truly what custom clothing is about.

Photo: Hannah Cohen Model: Ali Medina


Huff queer voices celebrated New York Fashion week with us by streaming live the entire DapperQ show. Enjoy the entire show or skip 40min in to catch just Tailory's Segment.

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