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Women in Suits: 12 Celebrities Who Took Menswear to a Whole New Level

Women in Suits: 12 Celebrities Who Took Menswear to a Whole New Level


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    Kim Basinger wore a really sleek pinstripe suit from Ralph Lauren Collection to the premiere of "Grudge Match" in New York.

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    For the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift rocked an incredibly grown-up all-white J. Mendel suit.

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    Style star Alexa Chung gave off a bit of a school master vibe in this chic suit by Stella McCartney.

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    Gwyneth Paltrow wore a sleek black Louis Vuitton suit during Paris Fashion Week in 2012.

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    Rihanna contrasted her bright red hair with a sleek white Max Azria suit at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

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    Michelle Williams wore an adorable schoolboy-inspired Louis Vuitton short suit to the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.

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    Leave it to Gwen Stefani to wear a fully printed suit from her own like L.A.M.B.

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There might be just one thing more impressive than seeing the perfect couture down strut down the red carpet, and that’s seeing a perfectly pulled-off suit do the same—on a woman. Kim Basinger completely wowed us this week at the New York premiere of “Grudge Report,” when she put on a sleek pinstripe suit by Ralph Lauren Collection and a bright red lip to match.

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In honor of how she totally killed it, we rounded up 12 ladies who schooled us all on how to wear a proper suit. From classic creations by Stella McCartney to more avant-garde interpretations from Gwen Stefani’s line L.A.M.B., these suits vary in range as much as the women who wore them. It’s hard to stylishly pull off a suit; it takes a very particular kind of boldness, and (on top of that) a perfect fit.

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Click through the gallery above to see some of our favorite ladies who have rocked the look!

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