Maria Alia’s Cool-Girl Guide to Styling Suits

Guest Dressed is a series where we ask some of the best dressed (get it?) girls out there to help us demystify some of the trickiest trends of the season. These ladies are influencers in every sense of the word—from lifestyle, fashion, food and more, they’ve nailed a look and are serving their personal brand in spades. Who better to help us shop the best looks out there?

This week, the epically cool digital content creator and model Maria Alia shows us how a New York Girl effortlessly puts together suit separates. Her tips may not be right for a strictly business casual environment, but they are casually ah-mazing.  Each look is paired, of course, with a chicly tied head scarf proving that great style—and really, these looks are trend-forward and spot-on spring—knows no limits.


As a New York City-based digital style content creator and strategist, I constantly find myself styling certain trends in different ways to fit my varying needs. One of my current favorite go-to trends is occasion suits. Traditionally, the occasion suit has been reserved for the likes of corporate settings, professional meetings, events and interviews. More recently, we’ve seen this boss-lady’s wardrobe staple transcend these boundaries in the most interesting of ways. I decided to take on the challenge of styling this trend in 3 very different yet equally cool NYC-girl-approved ways.

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For the first look, I wanted to do a classic power suit with a twist. There’s something so commanding and bold about an all white suit especially paired with a matching white shoe. Yes, this color can be a bit daunting, so if you’re hesitant to try an all white look, you can always opt for a different colored shoe or break up the monochrome with a waist belt. I decided to go with a black turtleneck and clutch for some contrast. I finished everything off with a statement eyeshadow to really make it a look. This was definitely the easiest look to style because it is a matching set, and, man, do I love a good matching set. This is the perfect boss lady look, it’s what I’d wear to meet a client or even for a professional and formal evening event.

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GET THE LOOK, LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Pinstripe Blazer, Pinstripe Columnist Pant, White Mules, Hi-lo Pendant Necklace, Tube Hoop Earrings

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For the second look I went for something more relaxed with a cool daytime feel which is hands down my favorite way to style suit separates. Pairing a blazer with denim strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and polished. A trick to keeping cool is to drape the blazer over your shoulders for an element of effortlessness. There’s also something to be said about the juxtaposition of a raw edge denim alongside a structured suit blazer. I fell in love with this Express One Eleven tube top and knew I had to figure out a way to style it. It adds a really interesting feminine touch to the look and could even be worn on its own under the blazer if you want to show a little more skin. This look is perfect for casual meetings, hangouts, or even work if you happen to work in fashion.

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GET THE LOOK, LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Express One Eleven Tube Top, Pinstripe Blazer, High Waisted Jeans, Ribbed Crew Neck Tee

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For the final look I wanted to play with a pair of smart boot-cut suit pants. I decided to dress them down with a chunky pair of athletic shoes and add a touch of edge with a chain accessory and micro sunglasses. I love mixing trends and styles. I think pairing pieces that you wouldn’t initially think “go together” is the best way to create a cool look. I tied finished it all with a smart button down for added layer of contrast. This look is a city girl’s dream because it strikes a balance between comfort looking put-together. Definitely something I’d throw on for an afternoon of content creation and exploring lower Manhattan.

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GET THE LOOK, LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Mid-rise Ponte Pant, Balloon Sleeve Shirt, High Neck Tank, Cat Eye Sunglasses