Women's Business Suits

Women business suits come in all shapes, colors, and fabrications, and the more you know, the more likely you are to choose the right suit for the job. Whether you are leading a company, leading a seminar, or leading a client through your sales process, there’s a perfect business suit for you.

So now that you know how long business suits have been in use, let’s look at the elements that you need to consider when choosing the most appropriate women’s suit for you.


The most formal business suits have clean, tailored lines that don’t distract from the costume or call attention to body beneath. All business, no nonsense, focus goes to the matters at hand. Wear them in legal proceedings, when discussing large sums of money, or when speaking to people in traditional business fields like law, banking, and high finance.

Women business suits with unusual accompaniments or artistic cuts are better suited to more creative, less formal businesses like interior design, event planning, fund raising, and the like. The goal is business with a touch of originality.

Suits with very female shapes like fluted skirts and form-fitting cuts are not appropriate for business. Wear them for social activities instead, like social lunches and teas.


The most formal colors for business are blue, black, brown, and gray. Red and green may also be worn, but remember that if you’re speaking or moving around a lot, bright colors can be hard to look at for long periods of time. In most formal businesses, the suit is typically one color, where the jacket matches the skirt or trousers.

In less formal, more artistic businesses, fashion colors like plum, teal, rust, and salmon are usually okay. Just don’t get TOO wild – hot pink and lime green come to mind – or you won’t be taken seriously. Suit pieces may be matching, or they may be different colors. Just remember that if you wear one piece of a suit more than the other, still have them dry cleaned at the same time so color remains consistent in both pieces.

Pastel colored suits like yellow, light pink, and lavender are soft and lovely, but not appropriate for business since they are so female. Save them for religious or social occasions like church, weddings, and teas.


Formal women business suits are typically made from fine natural fabrics like wool or silk. They may be mixed with manmade fibers, but remember that the higher you climb on the corporate ladder or the higher the caliber of client you deal with, the better the fabrication should be.

Suits made of nubby fabrics, cotton, or denim may be worn for creative or casual businesses. But don’t go overboard - even if you are an artist. Remember, you should shine, not your clothes. If the suit will detract from the business at hand, wear something else.