Fashion, Style, Sustainability

#onepieceamonth investment no. 11: pinstripe Pauw suit

Pauw Amsterdam

Suits! One of my favorite series (can’t wait till January 25, when season 6 part two will start) and probably slighty responsible for the November piece of my #onepieceamonth slow fashion challenge.
Spotted this Pauw two-piece-pinstripe-suit during our exclusive Chapter Fifty & Pauw Amsterdam ladies lunch in September. It was on my mind ever since. I need a suit.
At least 30 wears? Do I have something similar in my closet? Yes. No. I am getting quite experienced with my challenge questions. Let’s try it on.

Pauw Amsterdam pinstripe suit

The Pauw Amsterdam suit

The other question I wonder about is if wearing a suit will not make me too formal? You know, as in bring a business case and announce a take-over kind of suit. But non of this! The moment I tried on this two piece pinstripe, it was love on first sight.
This classic Pauw item also has some sturdiness to it. Designed by Madelein Pauw and her signature of luxurious appearance and feel together with a masculine touch is written all over this suit.
And then the fabric. The double-breasted blazer has large buttons and two pockets at the front and is crafted in a super soft woven wool with a tiny bit of Elastane. In short: it feels as if I am wearing a training suit.
So instead of higher than high heels I style this suit – with matching wide and long-legged pants – with sneakers for a more edgy look. No take-over plans in the near future. If the suit fits…

Marlene Dietrich suit

Women in Suits, a brief history

Male influences to women clothes date back to the 1930’s with Marlene Dietrich as role model. She created some shocks back then when appearing in a two- or three-piece men suit.
Her ‘trouser craze’ even reached as far as the Congress where a vote has to pass whether she violates the law that forbids women to masquerade as men. It passed stating that ‘women wearing trousers were not trying to deceive anybody’. The contrary, I would say.
Juicy detail, most of Marlene’s suits were designed by Coco Chanel herself.

” I wear them to be comfortable, not sensational!”
__ Marlene Dietrich

Pauw Amsterdam Michelle Obama Madonna Le Smoking YSL

Since then a pants suit for women is never out of style, with the likes of Madonna and Michelle Obama to proof it. So suit yourself.

Tip: pre-sale has started at Pauw Amsterdam, both in stores and online.

Tanja Minnee illustration One piece a month challenge

slow fashion challenge 2016, happily added so far:


The suit described in this blog post is part of my collaboration with Pauw Amsterdam, curated luxury store. I only accept items or collaborations that answer positive to the question: “would I have bought these myself?”. I will not promote anything that I would not wear, eat, sleep or see myself.  Authenticity is very important to me.

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  • Reply Annelies Reugebrink at

    Absolutely gorgeous suit!Suits you so very well and looks cool combined with the blue sneakers!
    Well done! Enjoy wearing this during the festive season!
    big hug Annelies

    • Reply Karin B. at

      Thnx so much! Would like to wear it every day 😉

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