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Women in suits! I spend so much time talking and thinking about mens suits that it's a swift kick to the head every time I see a woman in a great tailored suit. It can be challenging to find a well fitting women's suit.
And it raises ideas about how women should dress. Do women need to wear suits the way men do? The styles seem stuck between trying to look like a mans suit but also trying really hard not to.
Its a very confused market. After all we haven't been wearing suits nearly as long as men. Personally, when not wearing custom, I almost exclusively wear Armani. But But that's whats so great about custom. At a London fashion week party at Annabel's both Tracey Emin and Dee Koppang showed up in very menswear inspired trouser suits. I was instantly jealous. 10 years ago, when I lived in London, I worshipped Tarcey Emin, mostly because she made sexy profanity-laced neon sculptures that I wished hung on my walls. Now I worship the way she wears suits. I'm guessing this blue trouser suit is a silk linen blend.
I love the permanent crease down front of the cuffed trouser. The sheer fuchsia blouse and the black suede Vivienne Westwood pumps aren't a bad touch either. Ms. Koppang killed it twice with her suits this week. She has shown an interest in mens tailoring before and she totally masters the look. What could be more menswear than a bright blue 2 button notch lapel suit. Yet her rolled sleeves and rolled trouser cuffs instantly make the suit hers. .
I'm Rowan McKinnon, stylist and whatever your wardrobe woes, I have the answers. You can read my style advice at styleeyesme.blogspot.com and you can check out my styling services at www.styleeyes.me .
This month, I've a special work wear blog for all the A Suit That Fits ladies as hitting the right note when it comes to dressing for work can be super tricky.
Many of the career girls I see really struggle and when I edit their wardrobes we find nothing but a stock of dull grey and black skirts and trousers. It doesn't need to be this way. You can dress sharply for work as well as showing off your femininity, personality and sense of style
Start to think in colour, it is not a sack-able offence to step away from black. Invest in a work staples in some other neutral shades. Navy is much more forgiving than black in winter, and for spring think about introducing light grey and camel.
Ditch the boxy suits and shirts. If your wardrobe resembles your husbands or boyfriends in shape and colour then you are not dressing to your full potential. Opt for pencil skirts and tailored suits which flatter your shape. Women are different shapes to men, so wearing a cut down version of their suits doesn't work. Instead invest in getting something made to measure your shape.
Add some femininity by working in luxe fabrics. A silk blouse or scarf will add interest and colour to your work wear without compromising practicality.
Don't be afraid to try out a dress. As long as it is an appropriate length and cut, dresses look-ultra stylish and professional. Not to mention a time saving option as there is no need to match trousers and a top, just pop this on and go!!
Keep your accessories simply and smart for a sleek look that shows you mean business.
Now off to work you go!!
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Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, who was born on November 5th, 1960, she was educated at an English and a Scottish boarding school. Tilda subsequently studied Social and Politcal Science at Cambridge University and graduated in 1983 with a degree in English Literature.
During her time as a student, she performed countless stage productions and proceeded to work for a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company. A decided rebel when it came to the arts, she left the company after a year as her approach shifted dramatically.
With a taste for the unique and bizarre, she found some genuinely interesting gender-bending roles come her way, such as the composer Mozart in Pushkin's Mozart and Salieri, and as a working class woman impersonating her dead husband during World War II, in Karges'. Recent years have seen Tilda move to more mainstream projects such as the Beach, Constantine and more recently the new film adaptation of We Need To Talk About Kevin. This red carpet exposure has given her the perfect opportunity to show off her unique striking style. Below you can see Tilda in a fantastic monochrome style suit and shirt.
The crisp white shirt contrasts the dark suit - which makes Tilda look even more striking. The suit is a two piece , with a notch lapel on the jacket.
I would be lying if I were to say that like so many others I did not love Cate Blanchett. Not only is she a good actress, she has the kind of beauty and style that is timeless. Her porcelain white skin and crazy cheek bones, although feminine, can pull off an androgynous look incredible well.
I suppose the appeal of Cate Blanchett over other seemingly stunning actresses is that she is the whole package. Over the years she has picked both blockbusters to act in as well as more intriguing art house films such as 'I'm Not There - Bob Dylan.
To top off the acting ability and beauty Cate is a very sharp and classic dresser. She keeps her look simple, elegant, never looking over the top but always creating gravity with her clothes. An aspect of this is Blanchett's use of tailored clothes. Below is a very typically Cate outfit; lovely woolen trousers and a simple but stylish white blouse . Although an incredible simple look it is highly effective. Tailored clothes if well fitting have the ability to sharpen up the edges of a person, giving them all over better definition and creating a beautiful silhouette. Jersey, a fabric most high street casual clothes are made from can pull over bumps and lumps, accentuating them.
While loose fitting trousers and jeans loose the shape of the legs and seat. Another great example of Cate Blanchett's use of tailoring is her love of square defined shoulders. A lot of women shy away from the use of shoulder pads as they feel it adds a masculine edge to their outfit but Cate Blanchett shows us that done the right way it can dress up simple out fits and create a lovely hour glass shape. It is a style that could suit all shapes and size. Here Cate softens the look buy wearing heeled boots and knee length skirts.
The word on the street is that tailoring is in this season, with actress Margo Stilley showing us the way.
Women are looking great this season in loose fitting jackets with tapered trouser legs la Stilley. Men are reclaiming the suit for weekends with the replacement of the traditional tie for the more relaxed neckerchief, see our very own Bill Bradshaw.
On Monday, we launched our capsule collection for women, from trouser suits , to 1940's skirt suits with piping details, naturally. And on Thursday, our Bristol branch celebrated the first of our female customers to be fitted using our new and improved patterns.
Heidi owns a successful jewellery business in the South West, and counts vintage Rolex as well as Breitling and more modern pieces, among her product offering.
Wanting to find a style that suits the historical nature of her time pieces, Heide wanted a suit that was both stylish and classic, but also functional - given the hands on nature of her business; large bunches of keys and window dressing - and has found that jackets are cumbersome, so prefers a waistcoat suit as it offers more freedom of movement. I also think that a waistcoat suit on the girls can be much more striking than a traditional 2-piece suit .
For her first suit, Heidi chose a grey medium-to-heavy weight flannel cloth with Prince of Wales check design, with red and blue overlay check. The lining is black paisley, and was used on the back of the waistcoat to full effect.
The peaked lapels accentuate gives the illusion of a wider shoulder, making the waist appear narrower and effecting a more dramatic silhouette - and looks even better when worn with high collars.
The trousers have a single pleat - allowing room for keys, phones and other items essential in running a busy boutique - and are bootcut. The flannel cloth has drapes fantastically and does not crease easily owing to the soft, and also thicker nature of the cashmere/wool blend.
Heidi's next creation will be a pale grey waistcoat suit with pink chalk stripes, but more of that later...
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Blazers and dinner jackets are a must have for all style conscious women, something the nations favourite fashion icon, Kate Moss, has always known. Kate has always been a strong advocate of tailored dressing and dinner jackets in particular, from the very beginning.
She regularly teams tuxedos and shawl collar jackets with jeans as well as smarter garments for events. With her love of the Kate Moss is following in the footsteps of many a style icon.
Starting way back in the thirties when Marlene Dietrich sporting a tuxedo. It is a style that oozes femininity, while claiming a traditionally male garment as its own. Way back in 1997 Kate Moss had already started stamping her style on the nation. She turned up to the VH1 Fashion Awards in a tailored suit with a beautifully relaxed edge to it. She teamed straight-leg trousers and a square cut jacket with pointed stilettos, a sign of things to come. As Kate Moss' career matured the blazer became a staple in her wardrobe. The beauty and versatility of the dinner jacket is now truly apart of the Moss experience.
She has shown that it can pretty much be worn with anything and done the right way can a great ensemble. Here Kate is wearing a square shoulder jacket with peak lapels with jeans and thigh high boots and a relaxed top. The jacket gives a very considered feel to what is otherwise a simple outfit. On the other end of the spectrum we have Kate wearing again a square cut peak lapel jacket but this time teamed with a heels and a mini dress.
Kate Moss really is the best advert for why the Dinner jacket deserves to be a staple in all our wardrobes, and well if its good enough for Kate.....
Born on December 18th, 1978 Katie Holmes wife of Tom Cruise, rose to the bottom of her career, after starring in Dawson's Creek a mildly popular American teen drama and then fell off the fame ladder until she fell for the Mission Impossible star in early 2005.
Tom likes Katie in a because she looks professional, and carries it off well. Above you can see her on the cover of In-Style magazine with a great pinstripe , with contrasting .
Katie told In-Style magazine: Tom likes me in a suit every now and then. I like it when he likes it. It makes me blush. He'll say, 'You look good. I hope security's going with you.' Now that gives me attitude.
The two of them are still head-liners in the States and Katie has taken time out from the family to make the recently released film Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark a horror film set in 1910.
You may have noticed that the website has changed slightly with some fantastic new images that we've had done for our new women's range . We also had some of our very stylish suits shot for the men's pages too - take a look at the new tabs to see the pictures.
The shoot lasted a whole day with our three models, Ed, Natasha and James. Take a look at a few of the images from behind the scenes below.
Hair and Make-up
Ed being styled
Jay being styled before his shoot.
Natasha getting ready with the Country look. Natasha being styled with Swing jacket. Natasha being photographed in Swing jacket. To check out our brand new women's range page here - we hope that you like the new images!
I feel it's appropriate to begin my first post in several weeks with a confession. So here it is - I am short. Really very short - 5'1'' on a good day. On the rare occasions that I confess this statistic to acquaintances, I am often met with surprise - sure, people know I'm short, but most don't seem to realise quite how short I am.
Why is this, you may ask? Well, I have to confess that big hair, big heels and a direct personality certainly help, but it's also down to what I wear.
If, like me, you are on the more petite side then there are lots of dressing tricks you can use to disguise this fact. Dressing a short or petite body can be challenging if you are shopping on the high street, but it's not as hard as you might think. Here are my top tips for the vertically challenged (a lot of these tips are also appropriate for slim builds, regardless of height). 1) Fit
This is absolutely crucial. Wearing properly fitting garments is the single most effective thing that you can do to downplay the fact that you are lacking in the height department. One of the biggest 'give aways' that you are short are garments that are too large and long - perfectly cut and fitted tailored items will do more for you than a pair of 'lift its' ever will.
- Always go for a slim fit shirts, jackets and trousers even if you are not used to it. Don't drown your smaller from frame in too much fabric - keep it tailored and neat. Our bespoke suits and shirts are made exactly to your measurements are and ideal.
- Too-long sleeves, trousers and, most importantly, jackets will draw attention to your size; conversely correct proportions will conceal.
- A petit man in a too-long jacket will always look like a teenager in a hand-me-down - make sure that your jacket comes no lower than your crotch in front only just covers your seat.
- avoid low waisted trousers, as they shorten the legs.
-trouser hems can be 0.5 longer than 'standard' to add extra length to the legs, but should under no circumstances bunch up at the back! Similarly, suit sleeves can be a little longer than the standard so long as you maintain that perfect 0.5 of cuff.
2) ProportionAn oft-forgotten contributor to overall look, the proportions of your garment should be considered second only to fit. If all the details of your clothing are proportional to your frame then it's harder for the frame to look small.
- avoid any outsize details such as chunky belts, big buttons or wide lapels. A lightly narrowed lapel is flattering on a compact, slim gentleman.
- Petite ladies should consider short, hip-length jackets and high-waisted skirts to lengthen the legs; tall heels paired with long trousers will also give you inches. Generally I find straight trousers (wide or slim) more leg-lengthening than bootcut.
3) StyleAlways think neat, clean, and streamlined - don't overwhelm your small frame with extras.
- For jackets, stick to one or two button fastenings; their longer lapels lengthen the torso. Ladies should go for a sharp, nipped-in one-button blazer.
- Slanted pockets on the jacket lengthen the upper body.
- Chose 3 rather than 4 buttons on the sleeve to maintain proportion with arm length.
- Avoid ticket pockets that clutter the torso.
- Chose side adjusters on your trousers. Wearing a belt shortens the legs and creates an unwanted horizontal line right across the torso; beltless trousers with no loops create a cleaner look and allow the eye to run right down the body, creating an illusion of extra height
- Flat-fronted slim cut trousers lengthen and streamline the legs.
- No more than 2 pockets on waistcoats! As always, avoid extra horizontal lines
- ladies - avoid frou-frou styles with lots of fabric
4) Colour and fabricIt's a myth that short people should wear only dark colours - it doesn't add any inches! However, I do recommend that shorter people avoid large, busy patterns and stick with more subtle alternatives and plain colours (for example, I own very few printed items).
- patterns with vertical details, such as a herringbone, work better on shorter frames than other patterns such as birdeyes and checks; I recommend our RTallwool-100215 range
- patterns should always be proportional - so look for smaller herringbones and closer, finer pinstripes. Large patterns can overwhelm small frames.
- for shirts, chose a stripe over a check
- generally, avoid heavy, bulky fabrics
5) WardrobeAll these tips are all very well but what about putting it all together? Careful wardrobe planning is the icing on the cake for the perfect petit look.
- Keep it clean and uncluttered - don't have too much going on in your outfit at once. A patterned suit should be paired with a plainer shirt and tie, and vice versa
- Similarly, don't bring in too many colour families. Keeping things in the same 'tone' adds a lean, uncluttered air
- Exercise careful use of accessories.
- A tailored suit is an ideal garment for a petit man, simply because having the top half of the body matching the bottom lengthens things out. Ladies - this tip goes for you, too!
- For jeans, stick with more slim, tailored styles. Avoid both low-rise skinny jeans and bulky, baggy styles with lots of pockets.
- Be wary of the garment layering that is oh-so-popular in modern times - it breaks up the body.
- A simple sheath dress is a great choice for ladies
- Match your socks to your trousers, and some advocate matching your shoes as well. (Personally, I like an interesting shoe so I disregard this tip with relish).
For further advice and help with wardrobe planning, just drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment with me in our City Road branch.
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