Why is the Devil Wearing Pantsuits?

The biggest red carpet fashion surprise you probably have in your closet

Katherine HeiglLast week during a very rare moment of free time (both my six-month-old and my two-year-old were napping at the same time!), I was surprised to read on my favorite entertainment blog that both Katherine Heigl and Anne Hathaway wore pantsuits to recent red carpet events. Pantsuits?? Maybe I’ve been in the suburbs too long (it’s been two years after all since I left my Upper East Side apartment and fashion editor career behind to become a Long Island housewife), but aren’t pantsuits as dated as the Clinton Administration?

My surprise led to mild excitement when I realized that hanging in the back of my closet, is a black Theory single breasted pantsuit about a decade old that for some reason routinely makes the cut during closet cleanout days.

Anne HathawayBut how to make an old pantsuit look more Hilary Swank than Hillary Clinton? I called on a former colleague, fashion stylist Bree Gelber Heitin, for advice. Bree has been styling fashion shoots at Vogue, Marie Claire and Glamour for as long as I’ve had my pantsuit. She is also a 36-year-old mom to two-year-old Jaspar.

  • Bree says “trendy accessories and sexy underpinnings do to a pantsuit what anti-aging facials do to the face — they both take years off.
  • Wear a low-cut bustier or cami (like Heigl at the People’s Choice Awards) or dare to bare like Hathaway at the Bride Wars premiere (she went commando under her blazer).
  • For more modest types, a slim-fitting T-shirt for day or night works too. Add dangly earrings or a bib necklace and of-the-minute booties for an easy — and instant — update.”

That sounds simple enough. Now, in my jam-packed schedule of playdates, pajama parties and preschool parent nights, if only I had somewhere to wear it.

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