When seasons approach a change, it’s comforting to know that clothing staples will always be there. Suiting is a professional wear staple that now wears many hats beyond the office and work world. The fall trends for suiting are a blend of classic styles, and new ones while continuing to challenge gender norms. Nothing screams “dress for success” quite like a suit, even if you have no intentions of wearing it for professional use.
The fit of a suit is pivotal for fall, and this season there are two key fits. Styles ranged from genderless boxy blazers to more figure-hugging silhouettes. The boxy fit has an emphasis on widened shoulders and a masculine vibe, while other designers had more sculpted fits that carved out the waist, including corseted belts. Some designer’s explored the ’90s power dressing while others experimented with the cool era of the ’80s suit and even the Y2K micro-mini trend, which included cropped blazers and mini skirts.
Burberry and Dior explored traditional takes on a classic tuxedo, complete with four buttons, a single breast, and peaked lapels accompanied by silk facings and classic design features. Other designers added their own spin by playing with fabrics and details like an asymmetrical skirt and a mandarin collar-style blazer.
The working woman is more common today than ever before, and the runaways presented the working woman through chic suiting with feminine details like fur trim, complete with the boxy fit blazers as mentioned above. Added accessories like a necktie, stockings, and handbags brought the looks full circle, reviving the stylized look we all expect from a boss babe with a corporate mentality. Think borrowed from the boys’ style with a bit of a woman’s polished touch.
Keeping it Casual
The ultimate suit is worn together, but it is just as worthwhile when split into separates. Trousers can be worn with closets staples like a white tank and blazers can be worn with jeans to make suiting very relatable and achievable for the everyday person. Suiting isn’t just for the fashionista or the devoted office worker.
Suiting styles front the street to the runways boasted several different fit and styling trends, and most were surprisingly wearable. I’ve even considered blazers adorned with feathers, and that says a lot. The possibilities that suiting brings to a wardrobe are invaluable. Investing in a good suit (or suits) keeps you prepared for whatever life may throw at you. Even if you’re feeling like you’ve got it together, a suit can help you fake it ’till you make it.