It's that hot, sticky time of year when we turn into a puddle of sweat about five minutes into our commute thanks to our workwear—yet we have to manage to look somewhat presentable by the time we clock in at the office. This is where the summer pantsuit comes in, to solve this very conundrum. Anyone used to business attire is well-acquainted with this wardrobing hack: Wear a tank with the pants during your commute; shrug on the blazer indoors for a buffer against aggressively air-conditioned offices. Repeat until autumn. But contrary to what we've come to expect, even warm-weather suiting is touched by the most talked-about fashion trends.
The 2017 version of the summer pantsuit—as seen on everyone from Karlie Kloss to Priyanka Chopra—goes well beyond the expected shades of black, navy, and gray. There’s millennial pink, the buzziest shade of salmon-slash-rose that has completely enamored both the Internet and the fashion set. Then traditional workwear pinstripes are bolded, supersize, and embraced by the Kendalls and Bellas of the world. Finally, we see oversize eighties shapes come back with a vengeance, fusing power suits with a streetwear sensibility. These are then rendered in lightweight fabrics and loose fits to allow for maximum breathability and easy layering.
The pantsuit may have seriously come back onto our radar during the last election cycle, but it's one that has remained in the fashion zeitgeist since. Thanks to the endorsement of some pretty high-profile celebrities, it's likely to stay there for the foreseeable future—so it may be worth adding to your rotation now. If that’s not enough to convince you that the pantsuit is, indeed, the coolest answer to summer workwear, scroll through to see the stars who have embraced the style and shop our favorites for complete workplace domination.
The celebrity muse: Karlie Kloss, in a power three-piece from 3.1 Phillip Lim in 2017's most talked-about hue. Why even resist at this point? Shop three similar options, below.
Rachel Comey Rupture jacket, $355, Boutique1; Rachel Comey James high-rise trousers, $257, Matches Fashion
Rebecca Taylor Pindot blazer, $229, Rebecca Taylor; Rebecca Taylor pants, $149, Rebecca Taylor
Tibi Tropical blazer, $595, Tibi; Tibi Tropical wide-leg cropped pants, $395, Tibi
The celebrity muse: Kendall Jenner, in an amazingly retro striped Wolk Morais suit, throwing it all the way back with a boxy fit and shoulder pads. (The designer fanny pack slung across her torso is a nice, nostalgic touch.) Shop three similar options, below.
Alexa Chung double-breasted jacket, $875, Alexa Chung; Alexa Chung tailored trousers, $490, Alexa Chung
Tory Burch Chester blazer, $349, Tory Burch; Tory Burch Chester cropped pants, $249, Tory Burch
Mango pinstripe suit blazer, $39.99, Mango; Mango chalk-stripe pants, $39.99, Mango
The celebrity muse: Priyanka Chopra, in checked Public School separates, featuring an impossibly cool loose-fit silhouette with cold-shoulder cutouts (because sometimes the off-the-shoulder top just won't cut it). Shop three similar options, below.
Tibi Jasper oversize blazer, $695, Tibi; Tibi Jasper pants, $395, Tibi
J. Crew blazer, $158, J. Crew; J. Crew ultra wide-leg pants, $148, J. Crew
Zara double-breasted jacket, $79.99, Zara; Zara high-waist trousers, $49.99, Zara