Ooh suits you Chloe Moretz! And Anne Hathaway, and Liberty Ross, and Rita Ora, and Natalia Vodianova, and, erm, pretty much every fashion-conscious A-lister on the planet. Forget frocks, it’s the trouser suit that means big business for spring summer 2013. Whether you’ve noticed or not, there have been preparatory appearances throughout the past few seasons, so now we feel confident to tackle the trend. But a little extra styling advice is always welcome, and thanks to a gaggle of high profile ladies choosing the walk their red carpets in these tailored two (or three) pieces and a sartorial street-fest at the men’s shows in Paris and Milan, we’ve got extra ammo to hit this look on the double-breasted bulls-eye.
Chloe Moretz in a Dolce and Gabbana tux and Solange Knowles in jazzy Just Cavalli
The fundamental question is – how does one make the menswear must-have work in real life? Well plenty of ladies reading this post right now that HAVE to wear a suit to work, so it’s a good time to switch it up and experiment with one of the season’s many options. For first timers it’s best to go for black, but you’ll find much much more than just pinstripe for your wildcard – cobalt blue, crazy matchy prints and that iconic Bianca Jagger white on white get-up. Some basic rules are as follows:
In general it’s best not to do up a single breasted jacket. A too-tight button-popping silhouette doesn’t flatter, and the loose skimming cut of a good tux or blazer can do wonders for shaping a waist in. Buttoning-up in a double-breasted blazer can be ultra-flattering, just remember, you need to be able to move your arms and body. Obvs.
Don’t wear a cropped tailored trouser with ankle boots (see Kim K in the gallery below). There’s just something a bit wrong about a smart trouser with a clumpy ol’ ankle boot. A flash of ankle will do leg lengthening wonders.
If you are big of boob, then pussy bows, waistcoats and ruffles are a definite no-no. Go with a silky blouse unbuttoned just-so…
With a wide leg, don’t be afraid to get the hemline altered somewhere professionally. A floor-dragging pair of kecks won’t cut it – Rita Ora unfortunately made that mistake with her otherwise fabulous outfit - and you’ll be left with a washing nightmare.