Thursday 25 December 2014

Style Dilemma: How to pull off a trouser suit for evening wear

Darren Kennedy

Published 05/05/2013 | 05:00

New Look jacket €32.99, trousers €24.99
Dunnes Stores Blazer €60 Trousers €40
Reiss Blazer €260 Trousers €155
Zara €99.95

I saw Amanda Seyfried wearing a trouser suit recently and I'd really like to try one, but I'm not sure if I could pull one off. Have you spotted any that aren't too scary for novices, and what's the best way to wear one? Roisin (29), Dublin

This season's trouser-suit trend will add polish and sophistication to your look.

Light sorbet and pastel shades will freshen up any wardrobe, and Zara's pastel-blue tuxedo jacket is the perfect way to do so without spending a fortune (1 €99.95). Pair the long-line shawl-collar jacket with a pair of straight-leg trousers in the same shade for maximum impact (€49.95).

Complete the tailored look with a pair of ladylike, pointy toe kitten heels.

The 'San-Tor' salmon blazer at Reiss (2 €260) is a future classic. Understated and cool, the seamed one-button jacket features a cut-away front, slanted slit pockets and peak lapel. Wear with the matching 'Lily-Tor' straight-leg trousers with scooped waistband (2 €155) and Penneys' ankle-strap heeled sandals (€15).

Gallery at Dunnes Stores has gone for texture with its white jacquard trouser suit with ankle-grazing pants (3 blazer €60, trousers €40). Meanwhile, Hobbs has taken inspiration from the 1970s with a wide-leg trouser suit and sleeveless blazer for a sexy summer outfit (jacket €190, trousers €105).

While not exactly a trouser suit, New Look's floral-print jacket and matching cigarette pants are a bright, summery two-piece alternative (4 jacket €32.99, trousers €24.99). Suits you, sir!

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