What To Wear Under A Linen Suit

Q. I just bought a Calvin Klein black pinstripe suit for a job interview, and I am trying to choose a white shell to wear under it. Since the suit is linen, I’m thinking a cotton/poly blend with a tiny bit of lace around the neckline or a viscose/nylon white shell knit. The knit looks good with the suit, but I’m wondering if a knit with linen “works”. I think it looks good, but I know mixing the right types of fabrics together can make a difference in the overall look. What do you suggest?

A. Basically, just avoid heavy fabrics, particularly wool or thicker fabrics. A thin knit or light blend will work with your suit, but be willing to consider a variety of tops to pair with your suit in the future once you nab the job, from patterned white on white to chic tops with collars in bold colors. Don’t just settle for the safety of black and white. Here are some white tops you might like:

brshawl.png alfani.png 915436_fpx.jpg 1. Shawl-collar textured blouse, $64 at bananarepublic.com

2. Alfani Short-Sleeve Polka-Dot Mesh Top, $59 at macys.com

3. Nanette Lepore Women’s Jamming Eyelet Top, $215 at bloomingdales.com

  • Bonnie

    I love this site.
    I need to know how many different outfits I need for the office. We can dress casual as long as it is neat. We also dress down on Fridays. My problem is: I am on a tight budget and can’t afford a lot of business clothes. What do I need to make different outfits? And how often should I wear the same pants or skirt in one week?



    • StyleBakery

      Your jacket should be a summer-weight material as well: cotton, pique, linen, etc. Alternatively, a cotton or summer weight cashmere cardigan is perfect for layering over a linen dress. Remember, a linen dress should only be worn in the summer or in hot weather climates, a heavier material like wool would not be appropriate to wear with linen.

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