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Make Your Own Suit: One Blazer, Three Looks

September 21, 2016 | Filed in: Your Closet

Suiting: A necessary evil? A sweat-inducing torture device? A wearable yawn? Or an easy, stress-free way to look powerful and pulled-together for interviews, presentations, and business-formal offices? Our goal for this season’s Wells jacket—MM’s very first traditional tailored blazer—is the latter, of course. That’s why we made it in the same fabric as a wide selection of our most popular trousers and skirts, so you can swap out matching bottoms to create different suits for each day of the week. (And even throw it on over jeans and a T-shirt on the weekend, if you wish.)

Versatility aside, you’ll want to wear the Wells all the time: It’s cut with sharp, slender lapels, a relaxed fit through the body, and a cross-front construction with a hidden inner tab closure that keeps the silhouette crisp. The version shown here is crafted from our satin-back crêpe, which is machine-washable, wrinkle-resistant, and ever-so-slightly stretchy; it’s also available in luxurious black and cream tweed, with a matching skirt.

We could go on, but we’ve got pictures to show you. Here are three ways of styling the Wells jacket for a full suit look, modeled by the lovely MM stylist Casey.

Outfit 1: The Buttoned-up Pantsuit

For a standard business-formal look, Casey wears the Wells with our tailored Nakamura trouser and Lagarde shirt in cream. Left open, the jacket has a clean, smooth drape.

Outfit 2: The Relaxed Pantsuit

For a more laid-back look, swap in the easy-fitting Evers trouser and a light sleeveless shell. (If you prefer flat-front pants, our new DuPont trouser has a similar wide-leg cut and matches the jacket equally well.) The cowl-neck Rowling top makes for a delicate, pretty base layer.

Outfit 3: The Skirt Suit

styling the wells jacket

The Wells with the Williamsburg skirt and the Ginsburg shirt in ink drop.

For days when pants are too much, we’ve got an arsenal of skirts to pair with the Wells, too. Here, Casey wears the Williamsburg, which features flattering pleats and roomy pockets at the hips. (Other skirt options in the same fabric include the sleek Mulberry and the petite-friendly Lexington.) Add the elegant Ginsburg shirt in ink drop, and you’re ready to run the world—or at least look the part.

Photos by Frances F. Denny.

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