How To Wear The Tailored Trend

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Johanna Payton

Tailored Trends

If you want to be absolutely a la mode this autumn there is one trend you must add to your wardrobe; tailoring. And we’re not talking a tiny skirt suit here. Fall fashion is all about an oversized, masculine silhouette, so think 90s androgyny and being a sharp dressed woman.

Gender-bending may be a little daunting – particularly after a summer season of 70s-inspired hippy chic – but it can be incredibly dramatic and flattering.

Women in boyish cuts can either embrace the she-man look wholeheartedly with slicked back hair and minimal make-up, or add girly touches such as brooches, oversized earrings, loose flowing locks and killer heels. An ultra-feminine handbag will also help to balance the look.

The ideal in terms of the shape is to either pick a well-fitted jacket and then add wide-legged tailored trousers, or aim for an oversized jacket and match with cigarette or skinny trousers. The higher the heels, the more you assert your womanliness (think female power-dressing for inspiration).

For a forties twist on the look, make the most of the midi-length trend by teaming a calf-brushing, pleated skirt with a boxy, tailored jacket finishing at the hips. It’s a stylish look for the office or a must-look-good meeting. Or to be oh-so modern when you’re chilling with friends, plump for out and out androgynous style with a mod-esque skinny suit, brogues and a low scraped back ponytail.

If you want to make sure this look is sexy to the max, dare to bare with a sheer shirt under your jacket, or go for 50s glamour with a brocade skirt suit and add high drama with blood red nails and a quiff. Autumnal days out and romantic meals can only be enhanced by your daring style.

But the simplest approach can be the most alluring when you’re working this trend, so consider a night out on the town in a classically cut tuxedo suit with a crisp white shirt; the boys go wild for a look that’s so straightforwardly sexy and attractively ambiguous at the same time. It may be a little bit Victor-Victoria, but no one said it was easy being a style icon…

Funky Tailoring

funky tailoring

Shop the Look: Topshop three quarter sleeve blazer£65, Glamorous sheer sleeveless shirt£25, Dorothy Perkins petite camel cigarette trousers£29.50, Linea bow detail trilby hat£25, Topshop Gomez tan heeled brogues £65.  


Slick Tailoring


Shop the Look: Oasis spot bow front tee £25, KG by Kurt Geiger KG Bella courts £140, Biba sandwash silk tuxedo jacket £97, Coast Women’s Felicia clutch £55, Jaeger jetted pocket trousers £115.


Timless Tailoring

timeless tailoring

Shop the Look: Dune Wicked plain high heel platform court shoes£80, Radley Grosvenor medium shoulder bag£185, Marc Jacobs Belted linen-blend double-breasted blazer£332.50, Miss Selfridge beige utility shirt£39, Episode Women’s tailored bootcut trousers £60.


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1st September, 2011  10:34 am | Posted by: |Latest Trends | No Comments »

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