5 Ways To Wear This Season's Sharp Suiting Trend

Whether or not the revival of the tailored two-piece is down to perennial pantsuit queen Hillary Clinton, it's official: matching your blazer to your trousers (or vice-versa) is one of fall's most popular trends. And while the whole look can feel slightly intimidating, this season's iterations are as playful as they are powerful.

On the fall '17 runways, there was tailoring to suit us all. From nipped-in waists at Jacquemus and a looser shape at Victoria Beckham to maximalist patterns at Gucci, classic checks at Off-White, and sporty options at Versace, emblazoned with the words 'Love,' 'Unity,' and 'Loyalty,' the options were endless. So if you're put-off by the prospect of tomboyish tailoring or the fear of being swamped in too much fabric, there's tons of silhouettes to choose from: think culottes, flares, and high-waisted cigarette pants. And beyond cuts, it's easy to get even more creative with bold colors (red and yellow are my preference) and sumptuous textures, like velvet or corduroy.

Still not convinced? Ahead, I've road-tested five easy ways to wear a suit, whether it's a more everyday checked print, or something a little more show-stopping. Dress up with heels or down with sneakers — either way, there's a set out there for everyone.

The Classic Check Suit

If you're looking for an easy entry point into the suit, then a fast-fashion take on the heritage check is the perfect place to start. Wear over a T-shirt or blouse for an elegant update on your work uniform, or throw on over a lace camisole with heels for an evening look. Even better: Wear it alone to ensure it's the real focal point.

Zara Straight Checked Trousers, $69.90, available at Zara; Zara Checked Double-breasted Jacket, $129, available at Zara; Adidas Originals Campus Shoes, $80 $40, available at Adidas.

The Colored Suit

There's a misconception that fast-fashion hasn't succeeded in nailing sharp tailoring, and Mango is proving the naysayers wrong. With this suit, the retailer's tapped two major fall trends: tailoring and red-to-toe. When it comes to committing to a color, I say go hard or go home, adding in accessories of the same hue, like these satin ankle boots.

Vintage T-shirt; Mango Pleat Textured Trousers, $79.99, available at Mango; Mango Structured Textured Blazer, $119.99, available at Mango; Mango Satined Fabric Ankle Boots, $99.99, available at Mango.

The Statement Suit

In terms of maximalist statement pieces, no brand does it quite like Gucci. One-part school uniform, two-parts show-stopper with its elongated '70s-inspired flared trousers and bold, signature red and green stripes, I can't deny that I felt like a superhero stepping into this suit. Pair with platform heels for even more oomph.

Gucci High Waisted Flared Trousers, $1,350, available at Browns Fashion; Gucci Striped Blazer with Front Buttons, $3,450, available at Browns Fashion; Topshop Closed Toe Platform Shoes, $55, available at Topshop.

The Corduroy Suit

In case you'd missed it, corduroy is having a major comeback thanks to colorful options from the Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, and Prada fall collections, and street style stars like Monica Ainley and Lucy Williams, who both sported jewel-toned sets during Fashion Month. Pick a bold set, like this golden one from Mango Committed, which is part of a capsule of minimal, natural, and organic garments defined by trend-led shapes and interesting proportions.

Arket top; Mango High-waist Corduroy Trousers, $119.99, available at Mango; Mango Corduroy Blazer, $169.99, available at Mango; Adidas Originals Campus Shoes, $80 $40, available at Adidas.

The Party Suit

As Christmas fast approaches and picking out a party piece becomes a weekly occurrence, consider a suit in place of the expected sequins and slip dresses. Once you've found an adequately playful suit, finish it off with some just-as-festive footwear.

Arket top; Joseph Ferrandi Prince of Wales-checked Trousers, $445, available at Matches Fashion.com; Joseph Albert Elton Prince of Wales-print Blazer, $745, available at Matches Fashion.com; Topshop Luxe Cross Strap Platform Sandals, $85, available at Topshop.
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