While voluminous shapes like tent dresses and exaggerated puff sleeves are still big this season, a sharper and more wearable silhouette has also emerged on the runways in the form of a softer, tailored look. This new, subtly formal styling isn’t quite as stiff as a tuxedo or pantsuit, yet still refined and elegant enough to wear to a business or evening do.
Think mix-and-match separates with which you can play with contrasts – fluid versus structured, androgynous versus feminine – and look out for designs that blend casual with polished-looking elements. The combinations are endless and will work for a whole spectrum of occasions.
The best thing about them is that they are much easier to carry off, compared to some other trends of the moment. What’s more, some of these separates can definitely be worn beyond this season. You have every reason to try this versatile silhouette.
Now, start by gathering these essential components.
It may look baggy but this relaxed pant silhouette is artfully tailored for a smart look. There’s polish in its casual looseness – the high waist creates a cinched-in shape, while the lower legs are tapered. Worn with a blouse tucked in or with a cropped tank or jacket, this season’s loose pants exude a laid-back vibe yet still manages to project a professional appearance.
A crisp white shirt is forever a classic but this season, try replacing it with a softer blouse that has slightly ballooned or billowy long sleeves. Wear it with aforementioned slouchy pants for a fluid pairing that looks feminine yet pulled-together enough for the office.
An oldie but always a goodie, the A-line skirt flatters just about any figure, skimming over the hips and then going away from the bum and thighs – where most figure flaws tend to lie. Best of all, they come in a multitude of variations this season – sheer, pleated, printed, floaty or structured. You’ll have no problem finding a piece to like.
Consider this an offshoot of the bike-shorts trend that was all over the Spring runways – a more forgiving, tailored variation of the skin-tight garment that crossed over from sports to designer fashion. Cut knee-length and tapered, the berms of this season are surprisingly sophisticated, especially when paired with a sharp blazer and pointy pumps.
Spring’s blazers are oversized, boxy, deconstructed and strong-shouldered – across these key design features, an elongated tunic length is also generally favoured. When shopping for blazers this season, try all kinds of materials but look for those in a thigh-grazing length that’s currently in fashion.