Tuesday 20 February 2018

Why is everyone wearing these awful ill-fitted suits?

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Hailey Baldwin seen in the streets of Paris on September 27, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
Model Kendall Jenner attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Christie Brinkley in a suit by Stella McCartney arrives a cocktail party to celebrate Christie as the new spokesperson for Xeomin and Ultherapy at Gold Bar on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/Getty Images for Merz Aesthetics)
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

There is a fashion plague among us.

While we were all getting distracted by too-tiny sunglasses and the return of mom jeans, we didn't notice this one sneaking in under our noses - the ill-fitting suit: a look so brave even supermodels can't pull it off. Its signature design includes ankle length wide trousers, but not quite flares, an oversized blazer that looks like you borrowed it from Melanie Griffith's Working Girl wardrobe (minus the shoulder pads) and perhaps even most offensive, it comes in a variety of styles, colours, shapes and sizes, all more unflattering than the next.

What is the meaning behind this look? Is it supposed to give your hair and makeup an opportunity to shine or "discreetly" show off your abs because you've paired it with a lyrca crop top underneath a la Kendall Jenner?

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Model Kendall Jenner attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Suits, when done right, are among the chicest items a woman can have in her wardrobe. It flatters nearly all shapes and gives off an enviable laissez faire attitude with your look. See Christie Brinkley below and her navy velvet suit.

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Christie Brinkley in a suit by Stella McCartney arrives a cocktail party to celebrate Christie as the new spokesperson for Xeomin and Ultherapy at Gold Bar on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/Getty Images for Merz Aesthetics)

Or Angela Scanlon at Royal Ascot over the summer.

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Angela Scanlon attends the Longines suite in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Longines)

Compare this to, say, Hailey Baldwin's "edgy", but ultimately hideous, combination in Paris last month.

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Hailey Baldwin seen in the streets of Paris on September 27, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Or this yellow suit from Topshop which wouldn't look out of place in Jordan Belfort's early '90s wardrobe.

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We need answers.

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