May 26, 2024

I’ve loved trouser suits for years, and wear one for nearly every important social occasion in my calendar. I’m even wearing one in my HELLO! profile picture. I don’t know what it is, but when I wear a suit I just feel like I have my life together. I feel like a confident girl boss. I feel like I can do anything. I also love that I don’t have to think too much about an outfit as a whole.

It’s not just me who loves a power suit. Celebrities and influencers, and royals love to dress in a two-piece. Whether it’s Joey King wearing a green Bella Freud suit, or supermodel Naomi Campbell in fuschia pink, Katie Holmes in white with a colour pop shoe, or Duchess Kate in purple – a smart trouser suit makes for a great outfit choice. 

Best suits for women for Autumn/Winter 2023 – at a glance

The best suits for women will depend on the occasion – not to mention your personal style. 

How I chose the best trouser suits 

  • Popular brands: I shop at all of the brands within this list, if I’m choosing my favourite suits it’s best that I pick brands I shop and love. 
  • Inclusive sizing: Where possible, the suits in this list are for all shapes and sizes. 
  • Versatility: The best thing about a suit? The way you can wear the jacket and trousers separately and you’ve got more looks for the price of one. 

See some of my favourite suited muses…

Suited and booted, from left to right: Katie Holmes, the Duchess of Cambridge, Naomi Campbell and Joey King 

How to style a trouser suit

You have three ways you can wear a suit. Casual for daytime (see Hailey Bieber for inspiration – or look to Trinny Woodall on Instagram), smart and elegant like Victoria Beckham, or as evening formalwear à la Blake Lively. As a side note: My obsession with suits wouldn’t be a thing if I had to wear them for work – I can totally understand if you want to opt out of this trend because you feel like it’s ‘boring workwear’. However, you could try a more relaxed approach to a trouser suit, or choose a colour you wouldn’t dare wear in the boardroom. 

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Casual like Hailey Bieber, smart like Victoria Beckham or dressy like Blake Lively? The choice is yours!

Can you wear a trouser suit to a wedding?

Definitely. If you’re wearing a trouser suit to a wedding, obviously don’t opt for white (unless you’re the bride!) and go for bright or jewel-toned colours instead. Or even a printed suit for extra impact.

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Gigi Hadid wearing a floral suit

How to dress down a trouser suit for daytime

If you want to dress down a trouser suit, it’s easy! Team with a a pair of Superga trainers, Nike trainers or Veja trainers and a slogan tee. Trinny Woodall is the queen of power dressing in sneaks. 

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Trinny often wears her power suits with comfy trainers – and always looks stylish!

What shoes to wear with a trouser suit? 

For a special occasion, I like teaming a trouser suit with a sexy stilettto or a strappy sandal. A seamstress once told me that if you’re wearing wide-leg trousers, the hem should fall halfway down the heel. Also, don’t underestimate the fashion trainer – I love wearing my suits in the day or out to dinner with a pair of Veja trainers and a simple white tee. Flat shoes can be tricky, but ideally you would see some skin – you don’t want to look like the trousers are wearing you. 

Scroll down for the best favourite affordable trouser suits you can buy right now… 

Best trouser suits for women

  • marks and spencer blue suit

    M&S Satin Look Relaxed Suit In Blue

    Sizing Details To Know

    The trousers come in short/petite, regular and long and the jacket goes up to a size 24. 

    M&S has nailed it with this stunning blue suit. I am really into the tonal look – it instantly gives the outfit a high-fashion look. 

  • dark green h&m suit

    H&M Suit In Green

    Sizing Details

    H&M doesn’t do different leg lengths so be prepared to visit a tailer if you’re on the petite side. The blazer and the trousers both go up to a size 22. 

    This green suit is guaranteed to fly off the virtual rails. As you can see on the model, this suit is supposed to look a bit oversized. Be sure to team it with stiletto heels and fierce makeup. 

  • reiss blue suit

    Reiss Ivy Suit In Blue

    Sizing Details

    The blazer is available in sizes 4 – 18 though size 16 and 18 are currently out of stock. The mid-rise trousers are available in regular length and long length. If you’re petite you’ll need to have them taken up. 

    Reiss always does a good suit and this perfect velvet suit is ideal for a stylish event. It’s more modern take on the classic black suit and will definitely be a keeper for years to come. 

  • river island suit

    River Island Suit In Pink

    Sizing Details

    Both the blazer and the trousers are available in sizes 6 – 18.

    This suit, which is in Louise Roe’s edit, is absolutely stunning. I don’t think it’ll stay around for long – it’s just gorgeous. Team with loafers a la Louise or rock with platforms or trainers. If pink isn’t your thing, grey is also available. 

  • me+em black velvet suit

    ME + EM Suit In Black Velvet

    Sizing Details

    The blazer is available in sizes 4 – 16 and the website recommends taking your usual size as it’s a slim fit design. The trousers also come in sizes 4 -16. As the trousers are cropped, they would double as a full-length design on a petite shopper. 

    I’m calling it – this is a ‘forever suit’ and for very good reason. This suit brings together a double-breasted blazer and cropped tux trousers. A winner for the winter season.  

  • Mango blue suit

    Mango Suit In Blue

    Sizing Details

    Choose between sizes XS and XL in the blazer, and 6 – 16 in the trousers. The pants are one length and Mango tend to be on the longer side, so bear this in mind when ordering. 

    Ok, we’re loving this blue suit from Mango, if you have a wedding in the diary, this could make a great affordable option. 

  • lydia millen wearing a camel suit from karen millen

    Karen Millen Suit in Camel

    Sizing Details

    The blazer and the trousers are both available in sizes 6 – 16, and the slim-leg trousers have only one option when it comes to leg length. 

    Perfect for anyone looking for a seriously chic camel suit. Crafted from a sumptuous wool blend, this streamlined blazer from Lydia Millen’s edit is an elegant staple in any wardrobe. 

  • Coast ivory suit

    Coast Suit In Ivory

    Sizing Details

    Both the blazer and the trousers are available in sizes 8 – 18. 

    An ivory pearlescent coloured suit is chic with a capital C. If you’re getting married and looking for a suit over a dress, this could be perfect. Alternatively, check out our edit of the best bridal suits. 

  • & other stories suit in plum

    & Other Stories Suit In Plum

    Sizing Details

    & Other Stories has EU sizes on site but there is a size guide on every page that’s very helpful. The trousers go up to a size 44 which equates to a size 16 in the UK. 

    I love how autumnal this plum suit looks. If you’ve got an afternoon tea booked, this could be a lovely outfit to wear. But you’ve got to purchase fast as it’s selling uber fast. 

  • MINT VELVET black wool suit

    Mint Velvet Suit In Black

    Sizing Details

    The blazer is available in sizes XS – XL. The trousers are available in sizes 8 – 18 (with three leg lengths available) and the waistcoat comes in sizes 6 – 18.

    Now, this is a fabulous suit! The waistcoat makes it… Add this timeless three-piece look to your outfit rotation to inject a dose of smart-chic to your look. It’s part of the brand’s MINT Premium collection.

  • phase eight blue suit

    Phase Eight Suit In Blue

    Sizing Details

    Both the blazer and the trousers are available in sizes 8 – 18. 

    If you’re looking to go bold this autumn winter, this bright blue suit will be a real statement look. The Brinley blazer features classic lapels, a covered front button and flap pockets. 

  • nadine merabi star suit

    Nadine Merabi Stella Star Suit

    Sizing Details

    The items are available in sizes XS (6) up to an XXL (18). The trousers come in just one leg length. If they are too long, you’ll need to visit a tailor. 

    This suit will get the party started. Did someone say party season?! The Stella suit is super sparkly and is perfect for anyone who wants to get noticed. 

  • boden pink velvet suit

    Boden Marylebone Suit In Pink

    Sizing Details

    The blazer is available is sizes 6 – 22. We’re still waiting for the trousers to drop online. 

    This suit is a real keeper and could be perfect for a special occasion. This semi-fitted style is crafted from smart velvet, features a wide revere collar and is fully lined. 

  • asos pinstripe suit

    ASOS Suit In Navy Pinstripe

    Sizing Details

    Both the trousers and the blazer are available in sizes XS to an XXL. 

    Princess Kate rocked a pinstripe suit recently, and now we want one too! This one has the cool factor. We recommend wearing with white trainers.

  • red nobody's child suit as seen on fearne cotton

    Nobody’s Child x Fearne Cotton Suit In Red

    Sizing Details

    Both the blazer and the trousers are available in sizes 4 – 18. You only have the one option when it comes to the leg length of the trousers. You want an intentional oversized fit with this one. 

    Everyone needs a va-va-voom suit in their wardrobe. The collaboration between Nobody’s Child x Happy Place by Fearne Cotton is serving up a red hot option. Make a statement in red with this double-breasted blazer. It will take you from day-to-night in an instant. 

Now the sun is shining you might prefer a pair of shorts instead of trousers, see the best ones you can shop right now. 

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