Fashion Inspiration: The Women of “Suits”

Donna Rachel Jessica Suits USA


I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the TV series, Suits, now in its third season. I started watching it during season one, after reading a great review of the show in Entertainment Weekly. I usually don’t watch shows on USA network, they’re not my style, but I loved the banter between the two main characters, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and the ‘80s pop culture references.

But what I really love is the wardrobe for the actresses. Their costumes rival Kerry Washington’s on Scandal (another fave). For the Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) and Donna Paulson (Sarah Rafferty) characters, the wardrobe is very aspirational, body conscious, and elegant.

Recently, EW interviewed the show’s costume designer, Jolie Andreatta, about her selections. She typically dresses the women in designer labels like Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada and Burberry, mixed with vintage pieces. In the article, Andreatta says that the men have “classic [attire], but when you’re trying to portray that 1%, it comes from the fashion forward look [of the women].”

While checking out Vogue Patterns for sewing inspiration, I noticed that a number of patterns could easily be worn by any of the leading ladies of Suits. So, if you want to dress like you work at Pearson Darby, check these out.

Jessica Pearson: The Partner

Jessica Pearson Suits outfits

I want to own every piece of Jessica’s wardrobe. And her outfits should be the most sophisticated—her name is over the door.  Her clothes are meticulously tailored and architectural, with interesting necklines.

And look here! This Donna Karan pattern is the exact replica of the red dress pictured above.

Donna Karan Collection V1341

I could easily see these dresses in Jessica’s walk-in closet.

Lorcan Mullany for Bellville Sassoon, V1362


Rachel Zane: The Paralegal

Rachel Zane Suits outfits

Rachel’s outfits are probably the most body-conscious of the three, and let’s face it, Meghan Markle is fit! Her character tends to favor separates– mostly slim-fitting sweaters or button-down blouses paired with pencil skirts.

Tom and Linda Platt, V1283


Donna Paulsen: The Executive Assistant

Donna Paulsen Suits outfits

Donna is my favorite character, but her wardrobe may not always be the most office-appropriate. She has the most varied clothing, but she has been outfitted in a lot of knit dresses with plunging necklines. Maybe these should be saved for going out!

Donna Karan Collection, V1280

Donna Karan Collection, V1259

Do you watch any shows where you want to own all of the costumes (um, Scandal)?

Suits airs Thursday nights at 10/9 Central on USA network.

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19 Responses to Fashion Inspiration: The Women of “Suits”

  1. Katie says:

    Love that you wrote this article! I found it when I was doing some fashion researching to write my own. Don’t you just love Jessica’s dresses?! So fabulous all of the time! Glad to see someone is as crazy about them as I am, and that you found sewing patterns too! I am totally debating making myself that red dress!

    • Tressa says:

      Thanks Katie! Yeah, my jaw drops every time I watch the show– the fashion is so amazing! Def make the red dress!

    • Anna says:

      I love the elegance of these ladies on film but in the real world running around in power heels is a killer and the executive in this series, very rarely has to get her hands dirty.

  2. Dibs says:

    Suits is my fave show on TV for wardrobe inspiration. Jessica’s wardrobe is THE BOMB!.

  3. I just got into suits lately and the women’s wardrobe is drool-worthy, which makes me wonder why not many ladies have picked up on the show quite yet!

  4. Refiloe says:

    The storyline not as great as scandal, it sometimes feels predictable, you know Harvey will win & Mike will save the day BUT Jessica & Donna make my heart stop with their outfits. Absolutely Gorgeous!

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  8. dimples says:

    I love the clothes on this show, especially for the women. Jessica Perason’s wardrobe is off the chain! This designer is fantastic!!! I would love to work on this set and be part of the wardrobe crew for Jolie Andreatta.

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  10. Tracy says:

    I love the clothes but i would like to know more about the undergarments the women wear because each of those outfits are perfectly fitting, so there has to be some added help in the undergarment area, it just can’t be Spanks to the rescue.

  11. Sandra says:

    Hi Katie, do you have any pattern suggestions for Jessica’s infamous pink ruffle sleeve dress? It is shine in this link. Thanks for writing this blog. I’ll check out your Vogue recommendations.

  12. I’m posting a review of Suits on my own blog and would like your permission to include a link to yours. Fashion is such a huge component of the show and I think you’ve done a great job showcasing it. Thanks!

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  14. debra says:

    Jessica clothing is simply AMAZING. The plot of the show is excellent, but I personally tune in to see what Jessica is wearing. I have NEVER been disappointed, she is always methodically perfect, a step above; absolutely NO comparison to Scandal clothing. Scandal clothing is great, but Jessica is a cut above them. more Queen like. Great job

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