Thursday 20 September 2018

How to wear... the trouser suit

With the power jacket and pants firmly back in favour, we're spoilt for choice this season and next, writes Katie Byrne

Pastel trouser suits are ideal for summer weddings or race meetings, where you could go all out with a contrasting colour pop in your accessories, or pare it back with a low ponytail, minimal make-up and a muted cami top… or nothing at all, as French actress Marion Cotillard demonstrates.
Pastel trouser suits are ideal for summer weddings or race meetings, where you could go all out with a contrasting colour pop in your accessories, or pare it back with a low ponytail, minimal make-up and a muted cami top… or nothing at all, as French actress Marion Cotillard demonstrates.
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

If you've struggled to find a trouser suit that flatters your figure, this is the season to go shopping. For AW18, jackets come in all shapes and sizes: double-breasted, single-breasted, oversized, cropped, peplum and belted…

And that's before we even get to the trousers, which run the gamut from easy, breezy palazzos to angle-grazing cigarette pants (a Meghan Markle favourite).

For now, though, we still have another month to wear summer trouser suits in powdery pastel shades of blush pink, mint green and sky blue. Sandro's interpretation of the trend was a clear winner among the fashion set and you can still pick up their almond green trouser suit in the online sale. The next best option is Zara - if you're lucky. The high-street giant's summer trouser suits were a runaway success on social media so you may have missed your chance.

Pastel trouser suits are ideal for summer weddings or race meetings, where you could go all out with a contrasting colour pop in your accessories, or pare it back with a low ponytail, minimal make-up and a muted cami top… or nothing at all, as French actress Marion Cotillard demonstrates.

Mango's 70s-style blazer and high-waisted trousers combo is another great choice for a late summer soiree. Pair with gold statement earrings for Riviera chic, or play to the era with a Bianca Jagger-style white shirt and black satin neck tie.

More outré sensibilities will appreciate the pyjama-style geometric print suit from Topshop or the checked long-line blazer with inner arm racing stripes from Marks & Spencer Limited Edition.

More adventurous sorts could take style notes from Gigi Hadid (right) - just remember that oversized suits look better on taller women
More adventurous sorts could take style notes from Gigi Hadid (right) - just remember that oversized suits look better on taller women

If you're looking for an investment suit that works for both desk and dinner, the & Other Stories tailored blazer and matching high-waist trousers will fit the bill. The cleverly positioned darting cinches in the waist, while the luxurious 50-50 mix of wool and cotton is a high-street rarity.

It also nods to the AW18 trend for oversized suits, only with an 80s twist. More adventurous sorts could take style notes from Gigi Hadid - just remember that oversized suits look better on taller women.

If you're petite, go for a slim-line option with tapered trousers. The double-breasted camel suit from Wallis is excellent value, and the pinstripe suit from Reiss is a classic.

They say the humble LBD is the hardest working item in a woman's wardrobe, but those who have discovered the timeless sophistication of the trouser suit would beg to differ.

Geometric print pyjama jacket, €68 and trousers, €64 @ Topshop
Geometric print pyjama jacket, €68 and trousers, €64 @ Topshop
Geometric print pyjama jacket, €68 and trousers, €64 @ Topshop
Limited Edition checked long-line blazer, €95 and tapered leg trousers, €65 @ Marks & Spencer
Limited Edition checked long-line blazer, €95 and tapered leg trousers, €65 @ Marks & Spencer
Navy pinstripe blazer, €345, and trousers, €195 @ Reiss
Navy pinstripe blazer, €345, and trousers, €195 @ Reiss
Long plaid blazer, €125 and tapered plaid trousers, €79 @ & Other Stories
Long plaid blazer, €125 and tapered plaid trousers, €79 @ & Other Stories
Doubledbreasted camel suit jacket, €48 @ Wallis
Doubledbreasted camel suit jacket, €48 @ Wallis
Trousers, €35 @ Wallis
Tailored blazer, €175 and highwaist D-ring trousers, €99 @ & Other Stories
Tailored blazer, €175 and highwaist D-ring trousers, €99 @ & Other Stories
Almond green tailored jacket, €147.50 and 7/8-length trousers, €87.50 @ Sandroparis.com
Almond green tailored jacket, €147.50 and 7/8-length trousers, €87.50 @ Sandroparis.com
Doublebreasted structured blazer, €69.99 and high-waist palazzo trousers, €49.99 @ Mango
Doublebreasted structured blazer, €69.99 and high-waist palazzo trousers, €49.99 @ Mango

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