You may have caught on by now that I’m a big supporter of breaking suits up and wearing each piece separately and/or in different combinations. Versatility is a core value of HSS and it’s one we’ve been preaching from the beginning.
Breaking up a suit and styling it as separates can be somewhat tricky. Pay special attention and make sure that the fabrics you’re mixing play well together. Nailhead isn’t going to work with tweed. And even if two pieces the same fabric family – wool, for example – one could be shiny while the other could be more muted.
It can take a little time to curate your wardrobe to the point where pieces from a few different suits can be swapped between themselves. However, it’s worth the thought and planning. The “mixed three-piece suit” has been something I’ve been hot on this season.
A pattern can also complicate matters, especially when that pattern is in the pants. Unless you want to engage in some advanced pattern mixing, a good rule of thumb is as follows: patterned blazer, solid pants; or solid blazer, patterned pants, like I’ve done here. The smaller the pattern, the easier it will feel to pull off.
During the fall and winter, a silk scarf is always a good way to add some style and class to any look with a blazer.