Loved a trouser suit in the 70s? Now it’s back!
That 1970s favourite, the Trouser Suit is set to play a major role in every chic Spring 18 wardrobe.
Androgynous yet deliciously feminine; sexy yet business-like, the Trouser Suit treads the line neatly between formal and informal. It is a perfect workwear outfit but, with a switch of accessories, becomes a sophisticated, glossy look for evenings, resort- or cruisewear and occasions, too.
There are trouser suit options in shape and cut for both the jacket and the trousers this season. In jackets, there are classic blazers, as well as oversized, slouchy blazers. There are also some cropped blazers around which will suit Petites.
In trouser shapes, look for wide leg or tapered, full length or ankle grazer.
Many of this spring’s crop of trouser suits are available in colour, both in pale-and-pretty pastels, notably pink, lilac and pale blue as well as in paint-box brights, such as cobalt, emerald and red.
Also expect to find trouser suits in prints of all kinds and a variety of checks, as well as in white and cream; in
monochrome, in plain black and in plenty of other neutrals that are timeless as well as super chic.
As Emma Thompson proved when we featured her in our Celebrity Style Steal, chandelier earrings and sky-high heels transform a trouser suit into a Red Carpet look, while trainers or brogues and an oversized tote make it an impressively business-like workwear look.
Few Trouser Suits are sold as an actual suit these days. Mostly, what’s available is a jacket or blazer and trousers that match, perhaps offered together, perhaps not.
Sometimes you will find them described as ‘co-ords’ and sometimes you may have to search out the other half…
A shirt worn under a trouser suit is perfect for workwear, while a vest or cami (possibly silky or lacy) makes it ideal for, well, any occasion as you can wear your jacket buttoned for desk and unbuttoned for dinner.
Style tip: Hang the two halves of your trouser suit separately in the wardrobe. That way, you won’t forget that you have a jacket and trousers that can be worn separately as well as together! If there’s a matching skirt available, it could be a really clever investment as you’ll have even more permutations available.
Are you happy that the trouser suit is back? Maybe you have one in your wardrobe from way back when! Do let us know…