The style evolution of Rachel Zane

The ombre silk Burberry blouse, the tan Celine bag, and all those glorious pencil skirts… here’s my round-up of the best new Rachel Zane outfits on Suits.

Whoa. I can’t believe we have reached the mid-season finale of Suits already. I’m loving all the flashbacks in everyone’s storyline and, as per usual, I am beyond obsessed with everyone’s fashion.

This means it is also time for a little fashion update – there have been so many great additions to Meghan Markle’s wardrobe since I published my last glimpse inside Rachel Zane’s Suits closet.

Suits season 5 fashion Rachel Zane outfits

I feel as though Rachel, Donna and Jessica have really refined their wardrobes in the last two seasons; as though they know exactly what suits them and just keep pulling out hit after hit. Rachel with her tonal separates (silk blouses, button up shirts, cardigans and pencil skirts in similar shades), Donna with her playful geometric cuts and lively print dresses, and Jessica with her sculptural silhouettes and richly textured draping.

Let’s kick things off with Rachel’s wardrobe!


Of all the women on this show, Rachel likes to mix it up the most with her workwear. The queen of ‘separates’, Rachel is rarely seen in a dress, instead opting for silk blouses, pencil skirts, cashmere sweaters, cropped cardigans and tailored shirts. 

This season I feel as though she has dialled down the flirt factor that used to work its way through her ensembles and also embraced dressing tonally – as in, variations of the same colour, not mixing a lot of colours together. The colour palette has also changed subtly; more neutrals, greys and monochrome, and far more white than previous seasons (a nod to her impending bride status?) with the odd blush pink or burgundy throw in. There is also less blue in her wardrobe than usual, a colour that I always associate with ambition (especially in the workplace), which perhaps signals Rachel’s newfound level of security with both her career (essentially as Harvey’s associate) and relationship (as Mike’s fiancee).

Evening Wear

Reminiscent of Rachel’s season 2 outing with Louis at the ballet, this season we were once again treated to a black tie ensemble from Rachel: when she accompanies Jessica to an event at which she (Jessica) is speaking.

Rachel Pearson Burberry dress
Rachel wears a Burberry Prorsum silk crepe dress while Jessica wears a sateen double-layer gown by Zac Posen.

Here’s what Suits USA had to say about this scene:

Jessica Pearson is known for her bottomless closet of fine business attire, so when it’s time to get “dressed up” it’s no surprise she goes all out – her Zac Posen gown and Gucci sandals would have set her back over $5000. Rachel’s no slouch either, despite Jessica’s teasing, with a Burberry gown of her own at a similar price point.


It’s hard to pick a favourite Burberry moment in Rachel’s closet, since it is definitely her preferred label for every possible occasion: black tie, working girl pencil skirts, blouses… heck, even her dressing gown is Burberry. But for die-hard fans of the British brand, it will be the coats that get you most excited; they are definitely my personal favourite. Season four brought out the two most amazing Burberry coats, below, while season five showed us a pale grey version with wider sleeves (which I haven’t been able to identify yet – anybody recognise it at the end, below, holler at me). Perhaps it’s because I’ve had some appallingly misshapen coats in my time, but I just find the craftsmanship of well-cut coats, particularly Burberry ones, so luxurious. Don’t you?


SUITS -- "Intent" Episode 415 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)
Rachel wears Burberry Regimental wool trench coat with Christian Louboutin heels.
SUITS -- "Intent" Episode 415 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)
Rachel wears a Burberry wool trench coat in season 4.


Rachel Zane Burberry coat
Burberry London trench coat worn over DSquared white top

Suits Privilege Season 5 Rachel outfits

Got any other favourite Rachel Zane fashion moments? Let me know in the comments below!

* Credits: I scoured the Suits USA galleries and twitter feed for as many fashion captions as possible, as well as tv fashion blogs such as Worn On TV. Publicity stills by Shane Mahood/USA Network. Fashion graphics by Suits USA. Screencaps by Cinemazzi.



Rachel Zane’s Suits style (Part 1)

Rachel Zane’s Suits style (Part 2)

Why Suits season 4 has the best fashion yet

Inside Donna Paulsen’s Suits closet – Seasons 1-4

Inside Jessica Pearson’s Suits closet – Seasons 1-3

Inside Jessica Pearson’s Suits closet – Seasons 4-5 

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Marie C

Feature writer by trade, movie maniac by night, Marie-Christine grew up watching films from the projection booth at the local drive-in and now she's lucky enough to write about them.

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  1. Hi, I have a season 5 Rachel top I REALLY want to know where I can buy it. Is there anyway I can send you a picture and you can help??

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