Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Welcome to the Style Suite with Kéla Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.

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I’m a girl who loves her dresses, especially for the workplace, but this fall, I’m loving the cut and style of matchstick pants. They are similar to cigarette pants, cut close to the body and cropped either right above or below the ankle. Matchstick pants are flattering on most body types and can add a little personality and flare to your work wardrobe. They’re also a tad bit dressier than regular old trousers and top casual Friday denim any day.

The key to matchstick pants is the flattering silhouette combined with perfect patterns. They come in a variety of prints and textures, from silk and lace to cotton and brocade, so options are endless. (Shop the looks here.)

  • When picking out a pair, go for styles that will hug your figure or try a stretch fabric for a more forgiving fit. They shouldn’t be too tight but have a slim loose fit to them.
  • They pair great with silk blouses, chunky knits and preferably pointy-toe pumps to drive home the dress appeal of the pants. They are a great way to mix things up at work and show your coworkers just who wears the pants around the office.

Try them and tweet your pictures to @blackenterprise to get your chance to show off your look on the Style Suite.

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Kéla Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals with Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including and Huffington Post Black Voices.