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Finding the right business suits for women over 50 can feel difficult.
But as we get older, it’s even more important to concentrate on style to help us feel our best and express who we are.
In this blog post, we’re covering the must-have suits for executive women over 50.
An Everyday Classic Suit
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A navy suit is a must-have for any professional woman over 50.
Why is a navy suit so important? We love navy suits for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s versatile.
This is a suit that you can wear over and over again.
Not only can you wear the trousers and blazer together, you can also wear them separately to create more outfits.
Second, blue is a powerful color for women in business.
It communicates trust, calm, and reliability–all of these are important characteristics for leaders.
Depending on your industry you can choose a more traditional style like the double-breasted blazer Dr. Jill Biden is wearing below, or try a more fashion-forward style like the belted jacket in the photo above.
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Try A Suit In A Pattern
This is one of my favorites for business suits for women over 50.
If you wear suits regularly, we recommend building a foundation with suits in navy, black, and gray first.
From there, consider adding a suit in a pattern.
While you should be mindful of your office dress code, industry, and personal brand goals, don’t be afraid to take some risks when it comes to choosing a patterned or textured suit.
The right pattern can help you stand out.
For example, check out this dark red plaid we found for one of our clients:
In short, don’t be afraid to add a more unique suit to the mix!
A Summer Suit in Beige, Tan, or Light Blue
If you live in an area with hot summers, a light-colored suit in white, beige or light gray is a great addition to your summer work wardrobe.
(Check out the outfits Adele and Oprah are wearing the photo above. These lighter colors look amazing in warm weather.)
When looking for a suit in these colors, consider choosing something made of linen or another light material.
A wool suit can end up feeling too heavy and hot.
On the other hand, a suit in a linen blend will keep you cool all summer long.
A Strategic Pop of Color
Last but not least, consider adding a pop of color. A colored suit can be a great way to draw attention and make a statement.
You can do this with a bold color (like red) or go for something a little more subtle like olive or light blue.
Before choosing a color, consider your professional brand goals.
What do you want to convey with your style?
If you’re looking to convey energy and draw attention, try red (like Maye Musk is wearing in the photo above).
On the other hand, olive green communicates diplomacy, harmony, and character.
Light blue signifies calm and serenity.
You can even try a shade of orange which is associated with excitement and optimism:
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Remember, your age should hold you back when it comes to choosing colors and patterns.
Go with what makes you feel amazing and resonates with your goals.
Don’t let old-fashioned beliefs about what women over 50 “should wear” stop you.
Getting the right fit
Regardless of the suit you choose, getting the right fit is essential.
Alterations can be intimidating for many, but it doesn’t have to be.
A great tailor will advise you on what changes to make.
The most common suit alterations are:
– Shortening sleeves
– Taking in the back
– Shortening pant length
There are so many great business suits for women over 50.
But finding the right ones (and crafting the right professional image) can lead to a lot of wasted time and money.
For expert help creating the right wardrobe, apply for our Virtual Executive Image Consulting service.
Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals.
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