Friday 25 May 2018

Slouchy suiting

The trouser suit revival is still going strong, but this season's silhouette is casual and accessible

Cate Blanchett in her check suit at Comic Con
Cate Blanchett in her check suit at Comic Con
Check jacket, €69.95 at Mango
Trousers, €185 at Reiss
Blue jacket, €335 at Reiss
Trousers €195 at Sandro
Belted jacket, €345 at Sandro
Loop earrings, €15 at & Other Stories
Bucket bag, €40 at Topshop
Trainers, €160 at Whistles
Trousers, €29.95, at Zara
Khaki jacket, €39.95 at Zara
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Striped jacket trousers, €385, at
Striped jacket, €695 at
Slogan t-shirt, €59 by Ganni at Arnotts
Check trousers, €39.95, at Mango
Sock boots, €49.95 at Mango

Meadhbh McGrath

We may have Hillary Clinton to thank, but trouser suits are enjoying a major revival. We've seen numerous variations over the past year, from androgynous tuxedos to glittering Gucci-inspired party suits, but this season's offering is a touch more laid-back.

The modern suit comes in many different silhouettes, from the ruched, shrunken designs of Jacquemus to the supersized statement blazers at Balenciaga.

However, the most accessible style for now is the slightly oversized, casual fitting suit showcased by the fabulous Cate Blanchett at Comic Con last month.

Her menswear-inspired check suit, by the buzzy New York label Monse, is decidedly different from what we've come to expect from the red carpet queen, but it effortlessly blends comfort and chic nonchalance, styled with a pair of metallic trainers and a t-shirt.

You don't need to go for the exaggerated proportions dominating the catwalk - to make the suit wearable for everyday, go for a roomy, lightly structured fit. It's more informal and looks far fresher than the boring corporate styles of traditional workwear.

The look is no-frills and particularly wearable in muted shades of khaki, blue or navy. But prints can work just as well, if you treat them like a neutral - Alexa Chung's Beetlejuice-inspired suit looks great with a simple blouse or t-shirt, while Mango offers a suit in Prince of Wales checks to rival Cate's.

If you keep it clean and can avoid creasing, the slouchy suit will make you look instantly pulled together.

It's also multifunctional - you can smarten it up for work with a crisp shirt or consider it a substitute for your faithful jeans with a slogan tee and trainers. For evening, Sandro's suit with eyelet belt can be worn with kitten heels and a satin camisole or the jacket is cut high enough to wear nothing at all underneath.

Happily, suiting is set to be big news for autumn-winter, so you can pick one up now and wear it all through the chilly months too, with a fine-knit rollneck and ankle boots.

Irish Independent

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