The Suit Edit
Suiting, I adore it. Average suiting has a bad rap in some ways, when you evoke it in your head there seem to be two extremes. The shiny, polyester 'first buy' suits we get for interview rounds out of uni or school. Or the luxurious, sharply cut suits of Parisian ateliers, gracing the runways wrapped around lithesome bodies. The bits in between seem to fall in the boring, frumpy, and forgettable realms. I exaggerate slightly for dramatic turn, but you get the gist.
This season see's mannish tailoring and suiting thrust into the limelight once again. The runways were awash with double breasted, strong shouldered jackets, teamed with both slim line and wide leg trousers. It misses falling in to the 80s time warp, with gentle curving at the waist, breathing subtle modernity in to the power dressing of old.
When choosing a suit, think about your size, height and shape. If you are petit, its unwise to choose the voluminous, baggy mannish trouser. Go instead for something ankle skimming, like a slim cigarette pant. If you do want a bit of volume, go for something high waisted in a culotte style. Your sleeve length should fall to the bony part of your wrist, rather that over your hand. It's well worth finding someone who does decent alterations. Little attention to details like this really change an outfit, adding a more bespoke feel to the garment, its a pain but its worth it. Curvier frames should avoid fussy voluminous jackets, especially if that curve is all in your chest. Something simple with a shawl collar, or a single button that gently skims the waist would be good.
Remember as well, that suits don’t need to be worn as a full outfit. The jacket should go over a multitude of things, from jeans, to pencil skirts, to luxe sportswear, to sawn of denim shorts in the summer, to pretty delicate dresses. You’re trousers can be teamed with teeshirts, vests, cropped or slouchy knitwear, skinny ribbed fine knitwear, silky shirts or cotton poplin shirts. My point? The possibilities are, if not endless then defiantly plentiful, and wear your suit everywhere! Don’t wait for an occasion or limit it to the office. Sainsbo’s/Aldi/Tesco and the school run deserve you in your suited splendour! Just as much as your meeting, your first date or your job does.
I did a massive research haul before I decided how to split this edit up, it changed constantly in my head. I really wasn’t sure how best and clearly to lay out my selects. I started in body type, then I went to occasion and style, and it became muddied and confusing. If its confusing to me, then I had no hope of making it an articulate piece of content. SO, I decided to just gather every suit that I like, and every suit that I thought may go slightly unnoticed. As always I put in a range of price points, but always within the high street pricing realm. What I came out with was three clear categories. Colour/ Pattern/ Navy-Black ( and a bit of evening).
I hope that something chimes with you. As always, email/DM me if you have questions.