These New-School Pantsuits Aren’t Your Mother’s Office Wear

Taking a cue from designer collections, pop culture and Seattle’s ambitious and entrepreneurial women, modern pantsuits are bold, powerful and anything but matchy-matchy.

By Nia Martin


September 27, 2017

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

The word “pantsuit” may conjure different images and applications, but at its core, a pantsuit is about women and work. This year, The Riveter (Capitol Hill, 1517 12th Ave.; 206.486.5793) opened its doors to women (though all are welcome) seeking a supportive workspace environment, providing perks such as a space for breastfeeding, yoga classes and flexible options for membership. With a number of striking backdrops, The Riveter’s setting proved to be the natural choice for our fall fashion feature.

Zero + Maria Cornejo “Pia” abstract-pattern jacquard jumpsuit in black and white, $1,095, from barneys new york. “The Perfect Shirt” Italian cotton button-down blouse in white, $210, by and from farinaz taghavi. Electric Feathers black “Obi” wrap belt, $98, from flora and henri. Sol Sana “Clarice” mule, $165, from peridot boutique. Variance 14K gold and silver ring with lapis stones, $704, from twist. Bauble drop earrings in black, $24, by and from peridot boutique. Issey Miyake Bao Bao “Lucent Basic Tote” bag in white, $725, from Twist.


Dries Van Noten ikat overprint bomber in green, $1,245, and clover-printed straight-leg pants in green, $725, both from barneys new york. Vince T-shirt in black, $75, from neiman marcus. Large drop hoop earrings in silver, $16, from peridot boutique. Red bead strand (worn as bracelet) from India, $24,  from flora and henri. Rosa Maria silver and rose sapphire ring, $1,540, from Twist.

Allude merino wool duster, $498, from butch blum. Diane von Furstenberg sleeveless print silk high-neck blouse in pelier ivory, $248, and Tibi high-rise crop pants in handloom gray multi, $395, both from nordstrom. “Corrina” patent leather loafers in black, $250, by and from kate spade. Eva Fehren 18K rose gold stud earring (one of a set) with champagne diamonds, $2,620 (for set); Anita Ko single 18K rose gold floating diamond climber earring, $2,525; Mikal Winn labradorite and Swarovski crystal cuff bracelet, $264—all from twist. Alisha NY bronze-colored lucite bangle bracelet, $99, from The Finerie. 

Celine striped sweater with pink sleeve, $1,300, and high-low-waisted, cuffed crop pants in black, $1,400, both from barneys new york. Rebecca Minkoff “Edie” loafer in black, $174.95, from nordstrom. Oscar de la Renta earrings in aqua, $350, from neiman marcus. “Whitney” medium leather satchel in turtledove, $1,650, by and from max mara. Halogen “Floral Tropicana” silk scarf in black combo, $29, from Nordstrom.

“Madame” coat in navy, $3,490, and “Umes” side-button pants in navy, $695, both by and from max mara. Cédric Charlier turtleneck in navy, $595, from butch blum. Lizard block heel in blue, $515, by and from max mara. Kenneth Jay Lane blue beaded earrings, $118, from intermix. Rosa Maria silver ring with yellow diamonds, $1,960, from Twist.

Tibi “Dempsey” boyfriend blazer in black, $595, and “Dempsey” double-waisted pants in black, $695, both from nordstrom. “Fred” gray camisole, $295, by and from max mara. Sol Sana “Fremont” wedge in black, $195; tassel necklace in gray, $28; and tassel necklace in tan, $20—all from Peridot Boutique.

Etro floral and windowpane-pattern coat in ivory, $4,345; Alice + Olivia “Harmon” drapey slip tank in champagne, $195; Narciso Rodriguez contour-yoke leather straight-leg pants in black, $1,995; Ash “Elixir” embroidered velvet boot in Bordeaux, $240—all from neiman marcus. David Aubrey ladder necklace, $88, and vintage large turquoise bangle bracelet, $225, both from the finerie. Cameron Street perforated “Candace” satchel in deep plum, $398, by and from Kate Spade. 

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