HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… The big, bold suit?

It’s loud. It’s proud. And it’s not as tricky to pull off as it looks

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Contents -

1 WHY IT WORKS

Wildly pat­terned suits may scream ’50s car sales­men and age­ing rock­ers, but ever since de­sign­ers like Bal­main and Em­po­rio Ar­mani sent sharply tai­lored ver­sions down the cat­walk, they’ve won over both A-lis­ters and the high street. Wor­ried peo­ple will point and laugh? They won’t if you stick to a strict colour pal­ette of no more than three shades, and sharp-as-hell tai­lor­ing.

2 PICK YOUR PRINT

Sprawl­ing prints can over­whelm the av­er­age frame, so when it comes to round pat­terns like flo­rals or polka dots, don’t go big­ger than a £1 coin. Checks can be larger (up to the size of a cream cracker), and don’t be afraid of chunky one-inch- or two-inch-wide stripes, as long as they’re ver­ti­cal.

3 WIN­TER LAY­ERS

A plain roll­neck is your fail-safe op­tion to pair with a boldly pat­terned jacket and trousers – ei­ther go for black, or pick out a colour that’s al­ready present in your suit. If you want to dress it down, a loose T-shirt tucked in will add non­cha­lance.

4 SMART PAIR­INGS

Your bag shouldn’t fight with your suit, so pick up on a hue from the out­fit, and make it struc­tured or very small. Prim top-han­dle bags fin­ished with beads, vel­vet or leather add in­ter­est, but keep it neat. For shoes, a sleek-heeled an­kle boot or sim­ple loafer does the trick.

5 PER­FECT FIT

To wear head-to-toe pat­tern, you need a pre­cisely tai­lored fit. The big­ger the pat­tern, the more fit­ted one el­e­ment needs to be. A longer, man­nish jacket can be tem­pered by slim trousers; con­versely, nipped-in waists off­set wide-leg trousers. Trouser length mat­ters, too. A hem that hits at the an­kle or falls just short of the ground of­fers max­i­mum leg-length­en­ing po­ten­tial.

Gigi Ha­did

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