• Kookie Muhretti

Suit Yourself!

Ok so remember when I tried on the Erdem x H&M suit in my youtube vid and I said I wouldn't mind trying on some Mens suits? Well I did it! I boldly went where I had never dared to venture before and all I can say is: It was FUN FUN FUN!

Ok admittedly, I was scared to death walking into the mens department and picking out suits - no one actually knew that fact! - but to me I was quaking in my River Island Slouch Stiletto Boots! I sucked it up anyway and picked out the suits I wanted to try.

First it was a case of which shops! I definitely wanted Zara, and Max Mara, however Max Mara was not available to comment (he he). For time purposes I chose H&M and Next. The idea was to choose both Women and Menswear suits and juxtapose them to see which was better...

My History

My history of suits came about from a young age starting with my mum who idolised Grace Jones. My mum had a high top and would spray a gold 'V' on top of her hair and wear really edgy suits. Her style wasn't the 'norm' but it was her style nonetheless! And to be honest it was all I knew. I Then became influenced by Madonna in 'Vogue' and Annie Lennox in Sweet dreams - Women in suits. To top that I had a love of black and white movies from my grandmother, this was a whole new world. Gangsta movies, Mystery and Suspense I loved it. But I loved it more so when I became an adult. Hollywood actresses in their sweeping gowns and dramatic entrances and exits had me enthralled. Two of those many women stood out for me in their movies were The Philadelphia Story - Katherine Hepburn and Morocco - Marlene Dietrich. Both women defied convention in their time by dressing androgynously. They were and still are amazing! Today my girl-suit-wearing-crush goes to none other than Janelle Monae. This young woman has stood up against biases set on women and young girls to look 'womanly' by believing that instead of pleasing the world, please yourself first!

Janelle Monae

So with that let's move on to the looks...

First up Zara

For women I chose a grey double-breasted check blazer and trousers, and a brown check blazer with green wide leg cords teamed with a khaki tee.

Then it was time for the mens...

Do you want me to be honest? I love love love the Velvet Tux! And I want it! This was my first try out and I was excited! One thing I knew for sure was that I was a size 34R in jackets but trousers it took me awhile to figure it out. So on to the next...

Second Up H&M

To be honest I was not impressed with Womenswear suits! They weren't as diverse and they felt rather cheap (sorry not sorry). But when I went to the Menswear dept the possibilities were endless, the only thing was finding my size in a complete suit so in the end I settled for these...

Again my favourite was the Tux. The contrast sleeve lining nearly made me melt to the floor teamed with my converse I just felt I wanted to do the moonwalk, grab my crutch and shout he he owwwwww... On to the final store...

Lastly Next

To be honest by the time I got to Next I was exhausted, plus have you seen how many suits are in Menswear? Believe me spoilt for choice is what I would call it. I couldn't decide at all what to pick and in the end I just grabbed and went. These were my pickings...

Had a bit of trouble with sizing on the trousers, other than that I really loved the suits. My favourite again had to be the tux. There is something about the Tux that is so sexy, it has a masculine look but the contrast lapel makes it sexy and sleek.

All in all it was a really fantastic experience and actually a real eye opener. I do believe my next suit purchase will be in menswear. The cut, the fabric, the variety there is so much room for ideas. Even though suits for women at this minute are more boxy and boyfriend style, I still think its amazeballs when you can find a great fitting suit.

So after all of this what do you think? Do you think you'd be brave enough to buy a Mens suit and rock it as Womenswear? I think you should but hey, Suit Yourself!

Kookie x

P.s look out for the youtube version on Wednesday!

#Erdem #HM #Youtube #Womenswear #Zara #Next #GraceJones #Madonna #AnnieLennox #Vogue #SweetDreams #KatherineHepburn #MarleneDietrich #JanelleMonae #Tuxedo #Suits #Boyfriendcut #Blazer #Trousers #Converse #KhakiTee #Fashion

Kookie Muhretti