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Two step: the on-trend ways to style a suit (yes, a suit)

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Lucy Reber

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

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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.

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  • Two step

    Blazer, £225; shirt, £95; and trousers, £135; all Topshop Unique (

  • Denim works

    Turn tradition on its head with a slim-cut suit in the ultimate casual fabric. Add a silk neck tie for a modern twist, and turn trousers up to crop at the ankle – the perfect length for spring.

    Blazer, £125, and trousers, £59.95, both Massimo Dutti (; top, £25, John Lewis (; scarf, £12, Topshop (; bag, £50, Aldo (; sunglasses, £255, Prism (; shoes, £70, Dune (

  • In bloom

    A floral-print suit will revolutionise your summer wedding wardrobe. Keep the cut long and loose for the perfect languid look, and wear with a silk cami and modern metallic flats.

    Blazer, £59.99, and trousers, £39.99, both Zara (; top, £62, Intimissimi (; earrings, £194, Lulu Frost (; clutch, £147, Sophie Hulme (; shoes, £69.50, Boden (

  • Cut short

    Don’t shy away from this modern silhouette – a fluid silk tunic is perfect for its loosely tailored form. Keep shorts long-line and wear with chunky mules for the most flattering lineation.

    Blazer, £125, and shorts, £79, both Cos (; blouse, £139, Jigsaw (; bag, £530, Alexander Wang at Very Exclusive (; watch, £169, Storm (; bangle, £223, Eddie Borgo (; shoes, £200, Senso (

  • Make it sleeveless

    Removing the sleeves instantly updates the archetypal pinstripe suit, mirror this by wearing it with a sleeveless rib knit. For more formal work days, layer with a crisp white shirt instead.

    Jacket, £48, and trousers, £42, both Oasis (; top, £14, Simply Be (; sunglasses, £79, Max & Co (; necklace, £24.99, Pilgrim (; watch, £395, Links of London (; bag, £245, Karl Lagerfeld (; shoes, £165, LK Bennett (

  • Into the fray

    Frayed edges are everywhere for spring and are a great way to switch up your tailored look. This suit is the ultimate for daytime dressing when paired with bold flat sandals.

    Blazer, £50, and shorts, £30, both Asos (; T-shirt, £9.90, Uniqlo
    (; earrings, £88, J Crew (; clutch, £35, Weekend by
    John Lewis (; sunglasses, £8, Monki (; sandals,
    £89.50, Russell & Bromley (

  • Texture clash

    Pair a slimline skirt suit with a flared peplum hem blouse – the combination of textured cotton and tactile lace adds an extra stylistic dimension. Wear with brogues to update for the office.

    Blazer, £315, and skirt, £165, both Claudie Pierlot (; top, £220, Self-Portrait (; glasses, £199, Prada (; watch, £225, Larsson & Jennings, (; boots, £75, Office (