Trouser suits are making a full-guns-blazing comeback this year, and you’ll be relieved to hear that they’re miles away from their shapeless, shoulder-heavy great aunts. Spotted on style stars such as Alexa Chung and Emma Watson, the trouser suit is the cool girl’s alternative to a cocktail dress, and exudes the perfect balance of fashion-savvy and timelessly chic. It’s time to wear the trousers.
The 2015 silhouette is all about channelling gamine nonchalance with a hint of old school Hollywood femininity. Best when worn with either a crisp white shirt, for buttoned-up tidiness, or simple jersey tee, for a more soft, feminine finish, the suit is the perfect blank canvas for your individuality to shine through. Whether you go for SS15 pastels, masculine blue, classical black or quirky tweed a la Alexa, this look works best with elegant heeled courts to elongate the legs (and avoid looking like you have literally borrowed from the boys) and minimal accessories.
Bustier girls should avoid the severity of a buttoned-up jacket and instead take their cue from Rita Ora, leaving it open with sleeves subtly rolled-up, while smaller busted girls can play around with more daring finishes like Cara’s navel-grazing ensemble – but perhaps not for work…
Here are three of our favourite trousers suits in stores right now. We can’t get enough of Joseph’s dusty pink pairing, with its universally flattering blush hue and clean-lines, it’s perfect for that spring wedding.
Words: Joy Starkey
Styling: Paige Richardson