From desk to dinner: wear the trousers (and blazer) with this season’s sharpest suits and how to wear them
Words Joy Montgomery
Whether it’s the androgyny of ’60s Le Smoking or power shoulders of the ’80s, suits have a long history of liberating women through the symbolic power of fashion. For AW16, suits might not be loaded with the same political weight as their forebears, yet with the array of colours and cuts on offer, they pack no less of a punch.
Flattering, versatile and fashion-forward, a well-cut suit will make you walk taller and feel ready to take on the day. Try swapping out your LBD for a velvet iteration in jewel tones for retro cool, or for garconne charm layer a band tee under a flecked blue suit and finish with a red necktie. Buy now and wear forever.
LOOK 1: BORROWED FROM THE BOYS
From left: Flecked tailoring London trousers, £129; jigsaw.com // Flecked tailoring London jacket, £189; jigsaw.com, Miss KG Lotus Lace Up Trainers – Silver Canvas, £50; johnlewis.com // Saint Laurent Bandana Square Scarf In Red And White Paisley Printed Cotton, ysl.com // Madeworn Run DMC distressed printed cotton-jersey T-shirt, £140; net-a-porter.com
LOOK 2: PROFESSIONAL PASTELS
From left: Max Mara Derrik double-breasted stretch-wool blazer, £1,580; net-a-porter.com // Platform loafers, £29.99; zara.com // Protagonist Silk-charmeuse camisole, £270; net-a-porter.com // Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, £125; stories.com // Larsson & Jennings Lugano stainless steel watch, £225; matchesfashion.com // Max Mara Sartorial wool-blend tapered pants, £315; net-a-porter.com
LOOK 3: COCKTAIL HOUR VELVET
From left: Golden Globe Hoop Earrings, £17; stories.com // Vanessa Seward Acronyme cropped velvet straight-leg pants, £280; net-a-porter.com // IRO Amia macramé lace blouse, £310; net-a-porter.com // Mark Cross Grace mini glossed-leather shoulder bag, £1,465; net-a-porter.com // Vanessa Seward Clive double-breasted velvet blazer, £415; net-a-porter.com // Bixa Patent Ankle Boot, £165; whistles.com