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Johanna Payton

laid back tailoring trend aw11At the AW11/12 shows, I feared that by November this year we would all be forcing our bods into well-fitted (read: tight) suits. Much as I like wearing a piece that is made-to-measure, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of androgyny and the prospect of dressing like my dad – or a power-hungry 80s businesswoman – wasn’t that appealing.

As tends to happen, by the time the trend filtered down to the high street, the biggest brands had interpreted the style in a way that was much better suited (forgive the pun) to everyday, real life wear. Casual tailoring makes a hefty nod to the catwalk but is more workable with a winter wardrobe – and wearable, however “girly” you usually like to dress.

If you’re confused as to the difference between traditional and casual tailoring, it’s really all about mixing and matching; so, for example, you might wear a boho maxi dress and stick on a tailored jacket to smarten it up for the season. Or it could be a tailored pair of trousers styled-up with a boyfriend jumper, oversized clutch and lots of bangles. For the boys, the same philosophy applies; pop on your fave funky shirt with a slightly oversized single breasted suit and you’re onto a style winner.

Casual tailoring also works well with winter woolies, so the girls could throw on a tailored jacket with a knitted Damsel in a dress number, and the boys could invest in Religion’s slouch necked Jester jumper to wear with suit trousers and a classic parka by Cheap Monday.

If you’re out on the town, casual tailoring means that you don’t have to don a power suit and feel like a secretary all night. To hit a feminine note match a casually-tailored blazer with a knockout dress in the same (or a similar) shade. My top three looks in this category would be the Reiss long tailored blazer with the very slightly contrasting silk rouched dress in burnt raspberry by French Connection; the soft draped suit blazer from ASOS with the bright blue prom dress at Warehouse; and the ASOS spot print chiffon blazer with Republic’s Club L bodycon dress.

And for boys with a hot date, be casually dashing in D&G’s slim fit suit with a vintage-inspired shirt and Henri Lloyd’s York boots.

Casual Tailoring Meets Dress-Up

laid back tailoring casual trend

Shop The Look: Topshop metallic animal print blazer £65, Dorothy Perkins claret tux blazer £39, CIEL silk hemp trousers £44.40, Giambattista Valli textured twill cape jumpsuit £2,340, Phase Eight apple print tailored fit dress £69.


Casual Tailoring Meets Boho

boho tailoring trend

Shop The Look: Helmut Lang sequined stretch wool blazer £328.50, Miss Selfridge navy floppy hat £25, Dorothy Perkins black chiffon tailored dress £37, NW3 by Hobbs Spalding leather skirt £229, Precis ombre jersey maxi dress £55.20.


Casual Tailoring Meets Boy

mens laid back tailoring trend

Shop The Look: Paul Smith dogstooth floral suit £460, Topman cherryfield print shirt £28, Henri Lloyd’s York boots £100,  Uniforms for the Dedicated Kingsley cardigan £140, New Lingwood moleskin trousers £62.30.

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