Qweary: Suit Jacket for Prom?

Anonymous asked: “I’m a senior in high school and will be attending my school’s prom with my girlfriend. I was planning on wearing a suit.

"I already have pants that will work, but do you know where I could get a jacket? I don’t want to get a men’s one that will look boxy, but I don’t want to look like Hilary Clinton rocking the pant suit. I’m planning on wearing converse so that’ll help. I’m kind of hoping for like Brittney Griner/Esther Quek esque look. Any suggestions on where to go? Thanks!”

My personal recommendations are the women’s blazers at Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, and Topshop. The problem you’re referring to is a popular issue; that many companies designing women’s suits assume that they will only be worn for business (Hilary Clinton) rather than at a fun event. But I find that these brands have cute women’s blazers that have a fairly androgynous cut and are fun to wear. The models below look super feminine in them, but if you paired it with the right clothes, I think some of these can create just the look you’re going for.

If you are going to wear a new jacket with the pants you already own, I’d aim for a different color/pattern rather than trying to match, because otherwise you could end up with two slightly different tones of black, for example. Blake wrote an awesome post on suit separates a while back that shows examples of mixing pieces.

Have fun at prom, and make sure to send us pics of your outfits!

Polka Dot Blazer, $150 at Banana Republic
Tuxedo Jacket, $34.99 at H&M
Tweed academy blazer, $74.99 at Gap
Tailored Suit Blazer, $130 at Topshop
Schoolboy blazer in Italian Wool Flannel, $159-$178 at J.Crew

As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.