Trending: spring’s technicolour trouser suits
Caroline Issa admits that she dressed very conservatively in her first career as a management consultant, almost 20-years ago, ‘I had a brown suit, a black suit, a grey suit and a navy suit. In fact, the first thing I bought when I earned some money was a Jil Sander suit.’ Now chief executive and director of Tank magazine, Issa is often snapped outside fashion shows wearing a technicolour two-piece, ‘As I get older, I enjoy playing around more; I’m more confident in who I am now and like to express myself,’ she told me, ‘I love colour and texture and tailoring gives me that masculine-feminine twist I like to fall back on.’
Neat, chic and far from boring, I’ve always been a fan of the trouser suit. It’s the confidence-boosting double-act that can take the wearer anywhere. And even though I tend to spend my life in neutrals (make that, navy and khaki) and shy away from bold colour, earlier this year I collaborated on an Instagram-only workwear project with Next and was immediately drawn to this ochre trouser suit. Surprised myself there…
If the silhouette is clean and the fabric has stretch, it’s easier to brave the brights. Although it had a great response on Instagram, head-to-toe Crayola colour is not very me. I Know My Style and will probably stick to toned-down tailoring. When investing in a suit, choose the colour carefully. Go for a shade that will mix and match and give you extra wardrobe mileage, as Issa advocates, ‘I break it down and wear the jacket and trousers separately – with jeans, sneakers and a white t-shirt during the day and a shirt, loafers and chandelier earrings at night.’ I would also recommend avoiding this season’s oversized 1980s vibe and opting for a sharp, classic silhouette. Then add accessories to give it some edge: metallic shoes, statement sandals, sunglasses and sneakers, are easy ways to embellish a run-around spring trouser suit.
Colourful trouser suits aplenty here….
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