Suits are big news for summer and nothing to be fazed by. We show you how to style them in a modern way for a cool tailored look
Fashion: Lucy Reber
Suits: get it right first time
From the minute Alessandro Michele showcased exquisitely cut floral suits in his debut Gucci a/w 2015 collection, two-pieces became ‘a thing’. Now they are officially everywhere. This is your need-to-know guide to rocking the look
- The perfectly fitted boyfriend blazer is the holy grail of modern tailoring. Selfridges’ personal shopper, Kitty Cooper, advises, “[It] should fit on the shoulders and sleeves, but hang at the front. Slim cut is good, as long as the length is there to give that androgynous look.”
- Proportion is key. Kathryn Sargent, master tailor from Savile Row, says, “I work with a woman’s figure. If you’re long in the body, wear your trousers higher in the waist with a shorter jacket. But if your body is shorter, I’d choose a standard-length jacket and opt for a trouser that sits lower on the waist.”
- Finding the perfect trouser style for your shape can result in a lot of trial and error. If you want a ‘go-to’ Cooper suggests, “A slim, full-length trouser tends to suit all – lengthening the leg and the figure.”
- Many shops will do simple alterations for you on purchase. These include Hugo Boss, Max Mara, Topshop and Eileen Fisher. And for a small fee, Zara, Jaeger, Paul Smith, Massimo Dutti, Reiss, J Crew, Tommy Hilfiger and Hobbs will make changes.