Suits can be intimidating. A tznius suit can quickly veer towards the frumpy side if you get the wrong cut for your body. Proportion is very important for suits; if the jacket is too short or the skirt sits too low on the waist or longish, you are asking for trouble! After all, suits are supposed to look sharp: clean and crisp are the buzzwords when you go suit shopping! Make sure the jacket fits properly in the shoulder and underarm.
There are two main looks for a skirt suit: classic or girly. Classic skirt suits typically have a jacket with a pencil skirt. These tend to be very tailored and offer more coverage. A girly skirt suit tends to have feminine detailing such as a floaty skirt with softer lines, a cropped jacket, or trendy colors. Girly suits tend to be on the funky side but you should still look for quality tailoring!
On the rare occasion, you can find a menswear-inspired skirt suit. Most of the time, these suits tend to be pantsuits. The jacket is usually three-buttoned and boxy like a men’s jacket. The skirt tends to be straight, flat-front, and very tailored. However, these suits work best for those who have narrow figures!
A suit is an important part of a woman’s wardrobe! It doesn’t matter if you are a student or a stay-at-home mum. A student needs a great suit for job interviews (paid or unpaid positions.) For SAHMs, a suit is great for shul, school/organization meetings, and simchas. If you are in these situations, invest in two classic skirt suits or 1 classic skirt suit and 1 girly skirt suit for a day-to-evening look!
What should be in the working fashionista’s suit closet:
2 classic skirt suits
1 girly skirt suit
1 evening suit
Optional (if you ♥ suits):
1 additional girly suit
1 additional evening suit
Design note: the majority of these suits are by frum designers. All suits pictured DO fall below-the-knee. Additionally, many offer longer skirts to fit your modesty requirements! Please contact individual designers for specific sizing information/availability.
Save: if you find a great suit for a steal go for it!
girly skirt suit
taffeta, sizes XS, S, XL, $72 (with promo code), Eshet Chayil
classic skirt suit
crepe, sizes 6, 8, 10, Kasper, $110, SmartBargains
tailored plus-size suit
sizes 1X and 2X only, $78 (with promo code), Eshet Chayil
femme sleek suit
sizes 0 – 18, available, $125, Dorit Antian
Store location: 1426 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Spend: on the best quality suit you can afford! (everyone needs them)
shown in black lurics, $349
sizes 0 – 26, $275 -$365, Zori Fashion
silk/cotton blend, sizes 0- 18, $199, Dorit Antian
Crown Heights store: 1426 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
$275 as shown
100% silk, sizes 0 – 26, $275 – $335, Zori Fashion
satin, 0 -18, dress also in black, $155, Dorit Antian
Crown Heights location:
1426 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Not convinced? You can get plenty of use out of a suit by using them as separates! A popular dressy-casual outfit in New York is a button-down jacket with jeans and boots. Simple yet chic! A suit can stretch out your spring/summer wardrobe with the jacket alone; the skirt just adds more options. Most suiting are available in separates if you are different sizes on top or bottom.