Suits are back (and we like it)

The two-piece is your new go-to for day, night, when­ever

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour 2017 March -

it’s 6.45am, and you’re ri­fling through your draw­ers. The bot­tom one is sag­ging due to your strange and un­fath­omable predilec­tion for buy­ing stripy T-shirts that all look ex­actly the same, and are crammed into said drawer in the hope that one day you’ll pluck one out that will make you look as ef­fort­less as Stella Ten­nant. You know what you’re look­ing for, but it isn’t there. You’re look­ing for the T-shirt that goes with the skirt that goes with the cardi­gan that goes with

Ev­ery­one needs to call on a uni­form from time to time, whether they work in a for­mal of­fice en­vi­ron­ment or a more ca­sual one.

the shoes you fancy wear­ing. Soon, it will be 7.15am and you’ll be late. Worse, you’ll be no more of­fice-ready than you were this time last year, when you vowed to stream­line your wardrobe af­ter read­ing a Marie Kondo story. Was it al­ways this way? Search­ing for this many com­po­nents to com­plete your of­fice look?

No, it wasn’t. Life used to be sim­pler, and the rea­son was suits. Suits were our saviours be­cause ev­ery­one needs to call on a uni­form from time to time, whether they work in a for­mal of­fice en­vi­ron­ment or a more ca­sual one. Yet re­cent sea­sons have favoured ‘sep­a­rates’ – sweaters with skirts, dresses with cardies, cu­lottes with shirts. And while these com­bi­na­tions are ex­pres­sive and cre­atively pleas­ing, they can also be a pain in the bum to get right. Es­pe­cially when it’s 6.45am.

So it’s tremen­dous news that suits are back this sea­son. Partly as a re­ac­tion to the finicky na­ture of re­cent trends (we love you, max­i­mal­ism, but not al­ways when we’re in a rush) and partly as an ex­ten­sion of the an­drog­y­nous aes­thetic we’ve come to love, the time feels right for suits again. We’re crav­ing the crisp sim­plic­ity of Claire Un­der­wood, the boy­ish ap­peal of Ruby Rose and the in­sou­ciant way Kate Moss rocks a tux at night and sud­denly makes her dress-wear­ing con­tem­po­raries look a bit… ba­sic.

Hap­pily, we can be all these types of women, be­cause the new suits are as far re­moved from the ‘drab grey ac­coun­tant’ spec­trum as it’s pos­si­ble to be. Thanks to a slew of de­sign­ers, they’re imag­i­na­tive and var­ied. Fancy a slouchy, roomy suit with shades of Sonny Crock­ett from Mi­ami Vice? Take in­spi­ra­tion from Bot­tega Veneta or Tibi. A softly tai­lored suit with a sporty twist? Check out what Gior­gio Ar­mani is do­ing. And if of­fice-ap­pro­pri­ate isn’t a con­cern, get your ideas from Gucci. If there is one de­signer push­ing the suit this sea­son, it’s Alessan­dro Michele, whose of­fer­ings run the gamut from sober check to sexy lip­stick red with black lapels. That’s the thing about these new suits: they, ahem, suit way more oc­ca­sions than merely the of­fice.

De­sign­ers know that women are far too busy with the de­mands of modern life to come to work in one out­fit, then go home to get changed.

De­sign­ers know that women are far too busy with the de­mands of modern life to come to work in one out­fit, then go home to get changed. Who has the headspace? Who has the time? Which is why the best suits have one key thing in com­mon: ver­sa­til­ity. Tamp them down for day­time with a sim­ple shirt or tee, then ramp them up for evening with a cami top, drop ear­rings and skinny high heels ( yes, they’re back, too). These new suits aren’t work­wear. They’re a way of life: de­signed to fit your life, wher­ever it might take you. ➻

Gugu Mbatha-raw in San­dro Paris.

Janelle Monáe in Pra­bal Gu­rung. Kate Moss in Stella Mccart­ney.

Gigi Ha­did in Mu­gler.

Zen­daya in Chris­tian Siri­ano.

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