Olivia Wilde is inspiring for a number of reasons — most notably her recent directorial debut with Booksmart and involvement with the ACLU — but also for her sharp individual style. Working with stylist Karla Welch (who shares Wilde's passion for activism), her ensembles always deftly incorporate strength and femininity. On the Booksmart press tour, she wore a range of power looks, worthy of the director she is, that offer inspiration for anyone who likes to command attention for the right reasons. Whether you're eager to embrace the summer suit trend for the first time, or just want to overhaul your every day office attire, here's how to nail the summer suit, as illustrated by Olivia Wilde.
When the temperatures soar, the last thing you want is tight fitting anything. A wide-leg pant silhouette is ideal, because it stands away from the body without exposing skin, making it perfect for more formal or corporate settings. Wilde's pockets enhance the effortlessness of her overall look. The tuxedo-style jacket is also loose, but is tailored perfectly at her shoulders and wrists so as not to look sloppy. Seek out a similar style that looks polished when worn open.
While most people have a printed floor-length dress in their summer wardrobe, few have a printed suit, making it both a unique and unexpected choice. The genius in a predominantly white print like this one is that it reads more breezy and casual than a darker iteration would. It's also hyper-feminine, which is refreshing on a traditionally masculine silhouette.
A statement print conventionally needs little in the way of supporting accessories, but layering a black blouse and strands of delicate necklaces actually adds to the laid-back vibe. Rather than letting the suit dominate the look, the styling here downplays the impact of the print, resulting in a more lived-in, eclectic look.
Here, a few versions of this look to add to your arsenal for the next time you direct a movie, or at least lead a meeting:
Pink On White (On Black)
Channel Olivia's exact look with the same Rachel Zoe Collection suit she wore, which is now shoppable on her site. The Tuxedo jacket also features a fabric belt to cinch the boyish silhouette, which is particularly helpful if you choose to wear it over a slip dress or skirt.
A lightweight black shirt is a very useful summer staple because it hides all manner of sins and pairs with absolutely everything.
The same wide-leg style seen on Olivia, these breezy trousers will look just as good with a puff-sleeve blouse for dinner or drinks.
A Touch Of Vintage
If a bold pink print is a little much for you, try a more muted palette like this Stine Goya iteration, which conjures a more vintage-inspired vibe.
A breathable linen crewneck tee won't wrinkle, making it ideal for everything including throwing in a suitcase.
The more classic straight-leg cut of these trousers means they'll also work with a strappy sandal if you prefer to wear flats.
Here's how to interpret the printed suit trend with a vacation-infused vibe. Featuring a drawstring waist and tapered leg, this style is office appropriate when paired with heels, but feels as comfortable as sweatpants.
Team the printed suit with a micro-print blouse like this polka dot style for a surprising twist.
A mini pave necklace adds a little shine without competing with the print.
Take a cue from Olivia by adding a long pendant to make the overall look cool and not precious.
A simple chain necklace is ideal for adding another layer to a tiered jewelry look, or polish to simple everyday ensemble.