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FASHION NOTES: HOW TO CASUAL TAILORING

12.10.15

Venturing from the boardroom to the streets, city tailoring finds its sensual side for AW15. Softly cut trousers strike the balance between smart and casual style when teamed with an oversized cashmere knit and natty shirting brings a touch of boyish charm to skinny jeans and leather leggings. Cast aside everything you know about suiting and embrace the new with our How To: Casual Tailoring edit.

AW15 sees tailoring charter a new path, this time taking on a more relaxed, languid form that feels modern and effortless. Fluid, clean lines bring softness to the look and deconstructed shapes lend themselves well to off-duty styling. This is the suit but not as we know it.

1. THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

From knitwear to tailoring, oversized silhouettes stand front and center this season. The coolest way to work the look? The boyfriend blazer. A modern take on mannish style, it will update any outfit in-line with autumn’s contemporary mood, and when imagined in a soft wool and cashmere blend, it results in a soft aesthetic that re-defines tailoring. Try layering the Reiss Premium Bella blazer over a cashmere knit, adding jeans and flats in neutral hues to emphasise the autumnal slant.

Blogger Lucy Williams from Fashion Me Now (pictured) masters the casual tailoring look by teaming her boyfriend blazer with jeans and a simple tee.

2. THE TAILORED TROUSERS

Traditionally loved for their polished overall aesthetic, precision-cut trousers are perhaps the most recognised tailoring investment. Eschew your pre-conceptions of typically formal styling and try wearing them with trainers to exude minimalist cool. Go-to basics make the most effortless partners – think a basic cotton T-shirt and a statement biker jacket to create a pared-back, somewhat androgynous combination that’s a far cry from the classic suit.

New York-based blogger, Charlotte from The Fashion Guitar, perfects the tailored trouser and trainer combination, choosing to go a size up in her suiting for a thoroughly relaxed look.

3. THE EVENING SUIT

Dedicated suit wearers rejoice – there’s a fresh styling directive on the scene and it brings a whole new element to sharply-cut tailoring. Much less casual than the aforementioned outfits, this look is all about making tailoring glamorous. For evening, try a single-breasted blazer and cropped trousers in the season’s celebrated burgundy hue, worn with a silk cami or a metallic tank top. Ruching the sleeves and adding a statement pair of heels will secure this look's off-duty status.

If you’re feeling especially daring, take your cue from Sandra from fashion blog, 5 inch and up, and wear the Ricca blazer buttoned up without a cami underneath.

4. THE SILK BLOUSE

A silk blouse is an undeniably timeless investment and one that perhaps holds more styling possibilities than other tailoring separates. This season it’s vintage-inspired styles that offer the most relevant update and bring detail to a look without being overly fussy. Pair a high-neck style with denim (flared silhouettes are arguably the season’s favourite silhouette) and add a sleeveless jacket to master transitional layering in the chicest way possible.

Jacey from fashion blog, Damsel In Dior, looks effortlessly pulled together in her Reiss Premium Sera blouse as she takes to the streets of New York.

5. THE TAILORED SHORTS

Tailored shorts make a smart alternative to skirts in winter and work just as well teamed with black tights as they do worn solo. To keep the look casual, style yours with a slouchy knit and chunky leather boots at the weekend. An oversized blanket coat and a fedora will add trend-led details and create a luxe clash of texture, bringing softness and femininity to the look for a very modern take on tailoring.

Sara from Harper and Harley balances out the mini length of her tailored shorts with a long trench coat and adds heeled boots for a dressed-up spin on the look.