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All the inspiration you need: How to wear the season’s big trend, pantsuits

The pantsuit is staging a major comeback, and no, feminism is not the reason why. The erstwhile boardroom staple has decided to step outside that boxy cubicle to take over off-duty wardrobes as well. While the power suit still remains 9-to-5-relevant, it is just as acceptable beyond the workplace too now. The millennial Indian woman doesn’t feel the need to restrict herself to ruffles and flirty dresses to make a statement about her femininity. A pastel pantsuit with an oversized floral brooch will do just fine, thank you very much.

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Bollywood’s style set serves up ample inspiration on wearing the pantsuit, in case you were looking for ideas. It’s a perennial favourite with ultimate girl boss Priyanka Chopra Jonas. With a sparkly number for a TV show appearance and a baroque print for when she’s out and about, the actress proves there really is a pantsuit for every occasion. Deepika Padukone makes a strong case for cinched jackets with her checkered Paule Ka suit whereas Kareena Kapoor Khan proves that there is no going wrong in black.


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For a party-ready pantsuit, think sequins and hint of cleavage like Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan.

Be it an art show, the launch of the city’s hottest new restaurant or dinner and drinks; the pantsuit can easily lend itself to myriad occasions with ingenious styling.


Date #3? Wear a jewelled toned pantsuit with a lacy bustier and your sleeves rolled up. Looking to take the suit from desk to dinner? Opt for a neutral colour, and lose the shirt to amp up the décolletage as you step out of office. Statement earrings and a bold lip colour will elevate this look. The pantsuit is just as easy to wear during the day—swap the shirt for a laidback slogan tee or a crop top to give the entire look a nonchalant vibe. Sneakers will further your case. Accessories can make all the difference. An oversized tote or sling back will relax the look while a structured bag and heels will give it an overall formal appearance.

All the inspiration you need: How to wear the season’s big trend, pantsuits

Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.

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