Traditionally, women's tailored separates come laced with connotations of workwear but this season’s incarnations are proof that fashion’s vision has taken a turn of late. Here, we look at how best to style smart pieces in a way that will work for just about any occasion.
When it comes to tailoring, this season’s styling update will inject freshness into your office to off-duty repertoire and inspire you to re-discover your love of the look.
OLD MEETS NEW
Longline cuts, artful drapery and statement buttons can only attribute to one thing: the blazer’s swift yet defiant office departure. White double breasted blazers and similar silhouettes in crisp shades lend themselves particularly well to days off duty, nodding to the retro glamour of the 70s whilst maintaining an element of modernity.
THE TREND PIECE
Forget what you think you know about the rules of smart dressing because now more than ever there’s a move away from the traditional style notes and scope to incorporate key trends into your looks. Shirt dresses are this season’s answer to luxe simplicity and the beauty of them lies within their versatile nature. Counteract the languid lines of chiffon with a well-fitted jacket and you’ll strike that sought-after balance of classic and contemporary.
There’s a surprising amount of power that comes when you style a simple white t-shirt the right way and this notion is never more apparent than when teamed with a suit. Working to balance the crisp lines of a single-breasted blazer and straight-cut trousers, it carries an air of nonchalance that makes the look feel altogether more effortless.
A BLUE HUE
Nothing spells empowerment like the feel of a well-fitted suit but conventional separates take on a whole new meaning when imagined in unexpected colourways. Not only does an azure blue ladies' suit chime perfectly well with the arrival of spring but it promises to stand out against a sea of classic hues.
A SPORTY SLANT
Box-fresh sneakers offer a modern twist on the mannish and work to offset tailoring’s typically smart aesthetic. Teamed with collegiate stripes and silk shirts rolled at the cuffs, your go-to suit takes a youthful turn that will compliment this sporty slant.
Classic in silhouette and sharp in aesthetic, a well-cut grey or cream suit makes for the ultimate in professional power dressing. Switch out your go-to shirting for something a little softer (enter SS17’s light-as-air knits, spun slightly oversized) and the overall look will take on a sense of ease that feels oh-so contemporary.
If you’re not one for the season’s new kick-flare tailoring shapes then wide-cut, calf-grazing lengths make for a strong compromise. Revealing a touch of skin and exposing the slimmest part of the leg – the ankle – culottes and cropped trousers are the ultimate spring-ready tailoring solution.
A monochrome colour palette strikes something of a balance between what we think we know about suiting and an undiscovered sense of modernity. When worn in unexpected new ways – namely in deconstructed shapes and with a focus on the trouser – black and white separates seem altogether fresh.
A SOPHISTICATED IMPRESSION
No tailoring rotation is complete without at least one failsafe work dress. A subtle texture to the finish will elevate minimalistic silhouettes and what’s more? Neutral shades like grey and navy give you the freedom to go all-out in other ways. In essence, those colour-pop heels suddenly become office appropriate after all.
A FEMININE TOUCH
Lace accents are a simple yet effective way to soften sharp suiting and just a touch of this feminine detail will put a sensual spin on an otherwise structured look. Let a lace top peek from beneath the lapels of a single-breasted blazer and wear shirting open at the front to take tailoring to evening-ready heights.