ASK DANIELLE

FQ’s fash­ion ed to the res­cue

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QI’m a sucker for tai­lored pieces and have spot­ted two-piece suits with shorts and skirts pop­ping up in the lat­est col­lec­tions. I’d love to try one out as the weather warms up, but how do I do so with­out feel­ing frumpy?

AAlthough the thought of pair­ing a blazer with a gar­ment that sits near the knee may con­jure up vi­sions of school uni­forms, this twee union can be sur­pris­ingly chic. Start by work­ing out which hem­line feels right for you; com­fort is key here, so opt for a length you won’t end up tug­ging at all day. Juli­ette Ho­gan’s roomy shorts with their elas­tic waist­band and pleats through the front pro­vide a lovely sense of ease, while week­end-ready co-ords come in the form of Kow­tow’s un­bleached denim two-piece and Moochi’s util­i­tar­ian ren­di­tion. In­ter­na­tion­ally, Acne Stu­dios’ spring 2019 col­lec­tion is a les­son in the aes­thetic ben­e­fits of keep­ing things tonal, prov­ing that an ex­per­i­men­tal sil­hou­ette often works best when colour and pat­tern take a back seat. Read on for ways to take a spring suit for a spin in any sce­nario.

AT THE OF­FICE

• Hold off on mi­cro lengths — shorts or skirts that hit just above or on the knee are best. • Seal the deal with im­mac­u­late ac­ces­sories. A chunky belt or weighty watch means busi­ness. • Bal­ance show­ing a bit of leg with a no-non­sense white shirt. The Har­ris Tap­per de­sign seen here is one of the sea­son’s sharpest.

IN THE EVENING

• A camisole is ideal un­der­neath, but don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the el­e­gance of a turtle­neck ei­ther. • Don sheer black stock­ings and a pair of killer heels à la Alexan­der Wang pre-fall 2018. • Plain gold jew­ellery adds lowkey sparkle; re­mem­ber, your suit is the su­per­star here.

FOR THE WEEK­END

• Keep it ca­sual by pair­ing your twin set with a retro T-shirt.

• Go for sneak­ers to give this look a sporty spin, or leg-length­en­ing an­kle boots with a heel.

• You’re go­ing to need a bag, so why not make it a play­ful one? Net bags are the cane bas­ket’s suc­ces­sor and the per­fect farm­ers mar­ket com­pan­ion.

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