Elegant Dressing: Statement Power Suits & Pretty Pastels For Spring

Statement power suits and pretty pastels are two of my fave trends percolating for Spring. Coordinated head to toe is a straightforward way to look both pulled together and fashionably polished.  Thereโ€™s something to be said for not piling on a mix of disparate fabrics and patterns that in a minute can look contrived or veer into being costumey.  

Going through the Matchesfashions.com website I realized I was drawn to several outfits by Racil, a new designer for me. As described by Matches Fashion, โ€œputting a modern twist on the classic tuxedo, buyer-turned-designer Racil Chalhoub combines Savile Row materials and Parisian tailoring with a Lebanese sensibility to create her unique collection of exceptional tailored pieces for women." 

I find Racil's super chic tuxedos, with hues inspired by a sunrise and sunset palette very appealing.  

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  Racil Paris tuxedo suit  - dress it up with directional heels

Racil Paris tuxedo suit - dress it up with directional heels

 or with everyday sneaks for an off-duty vibe

or with everyday sneaks for an off-duty vibe

  Racil Tokyo single breasted blazer and pants  - an off-beat twist of an obi sash completes this tuxedo 

Racil Tokyo single breasted blazer and pants - an off-beat twist of an obi sash completes this tuxedo 

  Halpern jacquard pantsuit  - fab wedding guest ensemble 

Halpern jacquard pantsuit - fab wedding guest ensemble 

  No. 21 Striped crystal embellished shirt  with crisp contrast piping detail works well as a separate, or

No. 21 Striped crystal embellished shirt with crisp contrast piping detail works well as a separate, or

 Full-on look with matching  straight leg chambray pants  and an unexpected kitten-heel

Full-on look with matching straight leg chambray pants and an unexpected kitten-heel

  Tibi Steward double breasted pantsuit  - love the suit, the white pumps not so much

Tibi Steward double breasted pantsuit - love the suit, the white pumps not so much

  Sies Marjan satin top and pants  - contemporary ease for evening 

Sies Marjan satin top and pants - contemporary ease for evening 

  Prada silk organza blouse  for those whose daily lives don't require being quite so dressed up, mine included, you can't go wrong in this chic dressed down take for evening with ethereal high necked sheer blouse, black pants and heels

Prada silk organza blouse for those whose daily lives don't require being quite so dressed up, mine included, you can't go wrong in this chic dressed down take for evening with ethereal high necked sheer blouse, black pants and heels

 Pretty pastels with delicate ruffle pleated details of  Prada ruffle trimmed organza top  and  high-rise pleated skirt

Pretty pastels with delicate ruffle pleated details of Prada ruffle trimmed organza top and high-rise pleated skirt

  Orlando mid-rise flared pants  - took me awhile to get with slide slit pants but now I love them! 

Orlando mid-rise flared pants - took me awhile to get with slide slit pants but now I love them! 

  Fendi double breasted check coat  - Now this makes me think Spring! More hot pink than pastel - I love the precise tailoring and would be tempted to wear it everyday

Fendi double breasted check coat - Now this makes me think Spring! More hot pink than pastel - I love the precise tailoring and would be tempted to wear it everyday

  Prada sable rabbit print stretch pants and top  - an inspired twist on the more traditional pantsuit look

Prada sable rabbit print stretch pants and top - an inspired twist on the more traditional pantsuit look