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# Women in Business - Skirt suit or Pantsuit?

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08 Sep 2010, 23:33
I always prefer black over any other colour. (Got too many blacks in my wardrobe already )

But you ought to succumb to different hues depending on your mood at times.
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08 Sep 2010, 23:43
From a male perspective - Skirts of an appropriate length are just as professional a pant suit.

I guess its all about what you are comfortable in .. I remember reading an anecdote about Indra Nooyi turning up for a BCG interview in a saree fresh out of Yale and getting the job.
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08 Sep 2010, 23:45
I tend to wear black skirts/grey skirts most of the time and some good tailored trousers when it gets frigidly cold outside. Apart from that, most of my shirts were pastel shades, and subtle tones until my roommate convinced me to get this shade of blue.

@sanlitun: True.
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17 Jun 2011, 23:04
For female....
I think pantsuit is best ...
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19 Jun 2011, 18:55
from a male perspective....and from a employer perspective....

i'd prefer women to wear skirts. end of story.
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19 Jun 2011, 22:23
It's probably safe to say that whether a woman wears a skirt suit or pant suit -- most guys in the workplace won't have a strong opinion either way. However, as the OP inferred, it's women who will have a stronger opinion about each other's wardrobe choices - and even then in this case I don't think there's a strong enough opinion either way, just preferences.

Keep in mind though that it will also vary by region and industry. Here on the west coast, it's much more casual for both men and women, and fashion choices as a whole are more liberal. If you're anywhere other than the west coast -- blacks, charcoal and greys are usually the safest bet for most traditional corporate environments (and sometimes only real choice unless you want your wardrobe to stand out). On the west coast and more creative industries like publishing, fashion, entertainment, etc, there's usually a lot more leeway - and in some places (startups) it's casual.

In my personal opinion though, it depends on your frame and height. If you're tall, wearing pantsuits can give the impression of stuffiness especially if you already have sharper features and a more reserved personality. If you're petite, wearing skirts can make you seem more girly and young than you may want (especially for women who already look young).

You kind of have to know what works for you individually as well as the specific work environment you're talking about.
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20 Jun 2011, 14:23
Definately skirt!
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21 Jul 2011, 00:30
I feel like I am taken more seriously in pants.
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21 Jul 2011, 05:50
I feel more confident in the way I look in a skirt suit, but I wear pants too. I think, as a few have said, it just depends what you are comfortable wearing. I don't think it makes a difference either way, as long as it's appropriate for work, fits well, and is clean.

Knee length pencil skirts are my favorite
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27 Jul 2011, 15:40
Not much of a skirt enthusiast. Comfort wins any day. But I guess there's nothing wrong in dressing to an advantage
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27 Jul 2011, 16:43
When i was in NY, i saw that most of the women in their late 20's - early 30's used to wear black skirts... and women in late 30's - 40's wear black pants... In west coast i have seen women mostly in more fashionable & blue, brown kind of shades.. so yeh it depends on industry & location.

I personally love skirts - stripes, charcoal shades, blue stripes or even a single piece formal dress.. with a jacket.
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28 Jul 2011, 07:51
I wear pants during winter and skirts during summer/spring/autumn. Pennsylvania winters are brutal. Lol.
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12 Aug 2011, 00:11
i would prefer..
Skirtsuit..!!
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30 Apr 2012, 01:33
Not sure if anyone else has this issue, but the biggest downside to pants suits is coordinating the proper shoe-heel height. I HATE that i can't wear flats if it's tailored for heels. Where I work in Asia, almost all the guys wear sneakers or sandals with their suits indoors, but if I switch into mine, the shoe height ruins the outfit.

Skirts are more comfortable and better for my body type. In a skirt, people will always notice your shoes more, but flat/sandal/pumps (or even tennis shoe) all work with the same skirt without tailoring.
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13 Sep 2012, 04:10
HI,I didn't know so much about this topic but I think the pant shirt is better than the skirt shirt.A lady looks more professional and mature in the pant shirt than the skirt and as you see above the ladies also feel comfortable in pants.so choose the best dressing and be professional.

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18 Oct 2012, 01:12
I think skirt suit is the best dress for a professional girl. It looks good and it is comfortable.
Re: Women in Business - Skirt suit or Pantsuit?   [#permalink] 18 Oct 2012, 01:12

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