Is it me or did the Summer heatwave seem never ending? I could swear some unseasonably high temperatures had the nerve to sneak into Autumn. I’ve been suffering through and abiding by the age old proverb “Dress for the weather you want, not the weather you have” and as a result, I’ve spent 90% of early October franticly mopping my upper lip sweat. Now that I’ve opened with such a nice visual, I’ll move on to more pressing matters. Despite the shaky start it’s safe to say Autumnal fashion trends are officially underway.
If you’re thinking of a wardrobe update for the new season and you really want to invest on a key piece, an item that will serve you for many years to come then in terms of Autumn trends, you need look no further than the pantsuit.
There are suits out there for every style. This season has offerings in every colour, texture, leg-length and width imaginable. A smorgasbord of options.
What are the best suits to invest in?
First and foremost for me would be “The Neutral“. Grey or beige in colour and with a muted check print. No suit is more versatile. This suit is the ultimate chameleon, versatile enough to be worn to work, for an evening out and everything in-between (I’ve worn mine to a wedding and to take my kids to the park – if that’s not multi-functional I don’t know what is). In terms of femininity this style can be well fitting/skinny. However, a loose or oversized “borrowed from the boys” fit has a more modern edge. Truthfully, It all comes down to preference.
If a traditional fabric isn’t your thing, a neutral coloured suit in corduroy (it’s replacing last years velvet as the fabric of the moment) would be an extremely wearable (and warm) addition to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
If you’re living for this trend and want to invest in a second suit then my advice would be to go bold. Whatever that means to you, whether that’s a solid bright or a statement strong check. A suit like this can make an instant statement and leaves a lasting impression. As for selecting a colour, the options out there are pretty endless, there is no colour or print too “out there” for 2018. Check out my tips for finding the right colours for you in this previous blog post (The art of dressing colourfully). Don’t be worried about a suit like this giving you limited styling options. There are countless ways you can wear them, over and over again.
What cut are the suits that are most on trend this season?
As I mentioned, oversizing continues to be a theme this season. This can be tricky to pull off as the combination of a larger fit paired with wearing a lot of material in the same fabric can overwhelm some frames. Those who are petite or like me, have a large bust can find this style particularly challenging (Note: Not impossible!). Oversized cuts add volume to your silhouette and this look isn’t always the most flattering. If you’re petite, look for suits specially made for a petite range (Topshop and M&S are usually good for this) as even in oversized suits, there is still tailoring and its important this accentuates your frame in the right places. If you’ve got a large bust, wear oversized suits that have a high waist and/or wear a fitted top beneath to create shape*.
*If you scroll to the end of this post I have curated a selection of my top picks from this trend available in stores now, from supermarkets to high-end high street.
Cropped trouser suits are also around in abundance. As far as I’m concerned that is only a good thing because:
1) I really love my ankles (Gah! why does saying something I love about myself make me cringe so intensely?)
2) cropped trousers are a great shoe showing opportunity. If statement shoes were okay with Carrie Bradshaw then they’re absolutely Ok with me (I draw the line at Tutus FYI).
How can I style my suit differently to maximise wear?
Many people feel that when they buy a suit as two separates, they have to wear it as one outfit. That is simply not the case, both components can be worn as separates with other outfits. If you’re lucky enough to own two or more suits, a great way to modernise them would be to mix and match. The contrasting pieces create a less traditional look, yet still achieve that put-together aesthetic.
Cinched waists are flattering to most shapes. A statement belt (or even a belt bag) over a blazer will create instant definition to your shape. This is also a great way to dress your suit for the evening, imagine the elegance of a great statement buckle (I’m thinking a Gucci Double G Crystal buckle or something similar) paired with strappy heels and paired back sleek accessories to keep the look modern and edgy.
A lace bralet (I really love this one, I have it in black and in white from the range especially for bust DD+) worn beneath a suit is also a great marriage of masculine and feminine styles. This look is unexpectedly sexy and if you can wear it with confidence then this combination will serve sultry-cool like no other.
Perhaps the ultimate modern take on the pantsuit is to dress it down. A plain t-shirt and a some trainers and you will have this nailed. Extra fast’ points if your trainers are the extremely ugly. You know the ones (They’re chunky and with a retro silhouette and I swore I’d never wear them and now they’re on my Christmas wish list)!
Have do you feel about wearing suits? Have you any styling suggestions or tips I’ve not mentioned? Id love to know how your wearing yours.