Back to Basics: Trouser Suits

Image: Desert Mannequin

As part of our weekly Back to Basics series, we are shining a spotlight on great wardrobe staples that are made to last. Because timeless basics are the most sustainable pieces you can buy.

We have alway been big fans of the myriad possibilities of the humble trouser suit. Jackets and trousers are the sort of timeless pieces that require little thought when getting dressed. With various styles available to suit all body shapes and types, the pieces can be purchased separately to allow you to find the best fit for you. Jackets should fit neatly at the shoulders, with enough room around your chest to button it up without too much stretching. The length of the jacket is also key. Curvier ladies look great in more cropped styles, but equally amazing in a long, loose style that can be belted. If you are looking to create shape, an oversize mannish blazer is very chic.

Trousers too should be fitted to you. Whether you prefer a high waisted, wide legged pair to balance out your hips or a hipster skinny pair to show off your long legs. Most good brands offer choices in each colour/fabric way

It you’re not sure where to start, a simple black trouser suit is a classic. Make sure you choose a shape that suits you well. It can be dressed down easily with a crew neck t-shirt and trainers. Or dressed up with a pretty blouse and heels. For something a little different, try experimenting with colours and fabrics. This winter, corduroy and tweed are still winners. Otherwise a thick wool suit is a good option that won’t go out of style.

Tips on Caring for You Trouser Suit

  • Always hang your suit. Your blazer needs a thick wooden hanger to avoid the shoulders losing their shape.
  • Use a clip hanger for your trousers. If they are pleated, hang them this way to avoid the line dropping out.
  • When not wearing, store both in a sealed garment bag to avoid moths.
  • Invest in a hand held steamer. It makes a quick job of revitalising your suit before each wear.
  • Visit your tailor to have the pieces altered if you need. The perfect cuff or leg length makes a huge difference to the fit.
  • Use a good Eco Dry cleaner like Blanc to clean your suit a few times a year. 
  • In between dry cleaning visits, use a refreshing spray like Fabric Fresh Spray, £11.95, The Laundress at Selfridges
  • To refresh wool suits and remove lint, invest in a clothes brush. We love John Lewis’ Three Way brush, £11

Tips on Trend Led Dressing

While it’s cold, an elegant roll neck works well under your suit. For added warmth, a tailored, long line coat in a contrasting tone works well. Experiment with colourful ankle boots and handbags.

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Trouser Suits

Checked Blazer, $590, and checked trousers $412, Desert Mannequin x N Duo at Maison de Mode

This modern take on a retro classic trouser suit is very wearable. The jacket works well paired over mom jeans and ankle boots too. Wear the suit with a pussy bow blouse and heels to make a statement.

For a twist on the classic Le Smoking suit, we love Mother of Pearl’s navy style. Created from organic wool, with silk satin trim, its a very elegant option for evening. The trousers, in the same fabric, are cropped making it feel more modern.

Wool Twill Blazer, £1,080, and wool twill flared trousers, £585, Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter

If neutrals aren’t your thing, then look to Stella McCartney’s great range of trouser suits. This pink style, with wide leg trousers and double breasted jacket is so cool all by itself. Add your favourite heels and sunnies and head out the door.

Misha Nonoo’s amazing made to order line offers the perfect oversize blazer and trouser combo. The blazer is even long enough to be worn as a chic mini dress for evening. Pair with a thin gauge roll neck for a cool workwear option.

Dai Wear’s innovative eco certified fabrics are amazing for those that travel frequently. This suit is wrinkle resistant, quick drying and double bonded for comfort. Making it very comfortable but also easy to pack.

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