Dapper Days: How to Take on the World in A Sharp Suit of Your Own

Call it the Janelle Monae effect, or just an increase in dapper: suits for all people of all genders have gone majorly mainstream. This increase in suit popularity means you (yes you) can pick up a two-piece looker for yourself, just in time to look suave for the holidays. The good news? Many people having been wearing a blazer and pants in less than formal ways. Crisp white shirts are always classic, but why not be a little daring? Try your blazer with a casual tee, a henley, even something sheer. Looking for suit inspiration? These folks have it in spades!

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Many “womenswear” retailers are getting in on the suit game. High street favourites like ASOS, Zara and TopShop have been producing seperates that coordinate. Wildfang even created an in-house line of suit jackets and pants so you can get your tomboy on. Luckily, this makes suits more accessible to those of us who are less financially inclined to pick up a custom kit. And, as always, thrifting/vintage is a smart and inexpensive way to try out this look! It’s as easy as picking up a spiffy blazer and finding a pair of trousers in a similar fabric and/or print.

If you have the funds, bespoke is the best way to get a suit. Made to measure and to your specifications, you’ll get a suit that is one of a kind. Check out Bindle and Keep, Kipper Clothiers and Saint Harridan for excellent personalized services.

If you are looking for fit tips for suits, check DapperQ’s suit guides 101 and 201, as well as Gabrielle’s guide to the suit-not-suit and Gabby’s guide to buying a suit on a budget.

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Lydia Okello is a feminist, body positive, queer personal style blogger. On her website Style is Style, she showcases her panache for bright colors and power clashing. When she isn't pawing over Samantha Pleet collections on Tumblr, she's dreaming about havin' a kitten of her own one day. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr and on her personal blog.

Lydia has written 64 articles for us.


    • that was such a great look!!! Ilana=forever a style (and life) icon <3

  1. I swear that when I first saw that picture of Dana, I thought that she was Justin Bieber.

  2. Rae

    Yessss! Suits and blazers are wonderful (as is this post!) <3

  3. Wer

    I want one for when I begin going for job interviews. I love the Margaret Zhang ones. <3 :)

  4. I literally just got home from buying my first suit situation for a job interview to tomorrow.Wish me luck!

    • Thank you guys! It went well and I recommend pairing that suit with a trench coat or heavy woolen coat.
      People looked at me differently, I’m usually your denim and a hoodie paired with sneakers kind of gal.

  5. just popping in to note the styleisstyle link is broken bc .co not .com <3

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