Don’t add yet another black suit to your working wardrobe this season. Go for something with a bit of colour or print, or add a touch of leather, instead. Jaeger’s jacquard jacket and matching trousers are just the ticket. The navy and red of the micro-floral print blend to create a lovely purple hue and the slim cut cropped trousers look great with this season’s pointed toe courts. We also love the leather trouser/poloneck combo seen at Whistles.
Blazer, £275 and trousers, £165; Jaeger
Tailoring doesn’t just have to be separates though. As a neat patchwork of Savile Row-inspired fabrics, this fitted grey dress from Marks & Spencer is a more feminine way to work the trend. The v-neck and waist detailing are ultra flattering for curvy figures, especially teamed with sky high heels.
Autograph dress, £69, Marks and Spencer
OVER THE EDGE
Tailoring and structured doesn’t mean traditional. Branch out with edgy prints and textures, like House of Fraser’s navy and white spotted jacquard blazer and trousers to show off your fashion flare.
Blazer, £130 and trousers, £80, Dickins and Jones at House of Fraser
For an even bolder statement, a floral jacket is a great transitional piece and the Topshop jacket below is no exception. It ticks all the boxes: neat cropped shape, sharp lines and cool embossed texture. Pair it with bright cropped trousers for a bold look, then add a light scarf for chilly days.
Topshop floral jacket, £55
The waterfall blazer has become a modern classic. This dove grey version by Izabel London at Dorothy Perkins is very on-trend – the dipped hem and lace panels on the sleeves to give it an extra cool edge.
Izabel London blazer, £28, Dorothy Perkins
WEAR IT OUT
If suits aren’t really your thing, bring some class to your outerwear instead.
The box check on the Josephine charcoal wool coat from Hobbs (below) is reminiscent of classic tailoring fabric and the oversized buttonless cut is right on trend too. Aim for a slightly androgynous fit rather than fitted to nail a contemporary silhouette.
Josephine coat, £349, Hobbs
The Betty Jackson wool mix overcoat from Debenhams below has the feel of a men’s suit jacket. With its loose fit and sharp lines, the fade-to-black detailing makes it that little bit cooler than your average grey overcoat. Add a black mock-croc rucksack to top it off.