Add a feminine touch to that menswear look

January 22, 1998|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I am meeting with an important client to discuss continuing a lucrative advertising contract for our company. My boss, who also happens to be my father, says that a pin-stripe suit is the only way to go.

I want to look business-like but not too severe. I think a pin-stripe suit will make me look totally uncreative.

How can I lighten my look without upsetting the boss?

In one way your father is on target. Suits in menswear fabrics are right in step with fashion today. These include stripes, checks and plaids. In lightweight fabric the suits are comfortable, durable and businesslike.

So if you are uncomfortable in pin stripes, look for a suit in a less graphic menswear pattern. Then team it with a soft sweater and simple jewelry.

If your boss insists on the stripes, however, Paris designer Sonia Rykiel suggests leaving the jacket unbuttoned and wearing a ribbed tank underneath:

"I use menswear patterns constantly for classic suits, and they look feminine. The houndstooth check is the one that will best add a softer, more womanly dimension to your professional look."

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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