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A pencil skirt is a figure hugging skirt that narrows towards the hem. This is a very clean cut, body shaping skirt that is very flattering if you wish to show your figure off.The classic length of a pencil skirt; in my opinion, should fall just above or on the knee, not revealing to much leg yet very close to the body acting almost as a second skin.
My choice would be a black, high-waisted pencil skirt as this emphasises the body's curves and enhances the waist line creating a beautiful silhouette.
Donna Karan- pencil skirt
Danna Karan shows off the pencil skirt amazingly, this is a monochrome look paired with a crisp white shirt (a must have in everyone's wardrobe), perfect for the office and ideal for professional wear whilst adding a touch of chic.
Saying chinos are in, is like saying trousers are all the rage for men at the moment. Chinos are always 'in' and they are always a great staple in any man's wardrobe. They are the more casual summer cousin to the suit trouser, a garment that can come in a multitude of different colours and be worn with shirts or t-shirts alike but still look smarter than jeans.
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A traditional pair of chinos would have been made of cotton twill and have evolved from military uniform, they tended to be made in quite muted colours. With the advent of chinos as a fashion item though they now come in many different colours. Cycling round London red chinos seems to be very much the rage but I have also seen colours as varied as yellow, green, even purple.
They can be worn with not only a varity of clothes, but also shoes. In this photo Zac Efron dons a pair of tanned chinos, giving them a more grungy look by pairing them with DMs.
Note though that because of the cut and style of chinos they still maintain an element of smart regardless of what footwear you put them with. In this photo above both Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron are wearing converse for a more weekend look with Ashton going for a wide leg verses Zac's skinny. David Beckham has also gone with a slim fit putting his with tanned hiking boots and a silver dog chain for that footballer chic.
The real classic chino look though is demonstrated perfectly by Jude Law. A slate grey pair of chinos worn with a dark cashmere cardigan and grey pashmina. Subtle tones are always a winner, effortlessly chic!
On Monday night, I attended the seventh annual Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, hosted by Style Icon Alexa Chung. It was a glitzy and glamorous spectacle but, with Swarovski as a sponsor, who would expect any less! I had the pleasure of meeting a whole host of interesting people from across the industry, but more importantly, I met a few dapper ladies and gents sporting suits, separates and tuxedos.
In the photo below we have some dapper chaps sporting a mixture of fantastic outfits. Starting on the left we have a classic , versatile and perfectly accessorized, on this occasion with a smart tartan .
Next, we have a very daring double breasted jacket with eight buttons, three fastening, worn with a pair of light grey flannel trousers, again, finished off with a pocket square in a presidential fold. Third from the left is a classic two piece in light grey pinstripes, worn with slim lapels to give width to the shoulder line. Last but not least a modern two piece charcoal grey suit with slim lapels, worn with a skinny tie. Next, was James Robert Faulkener. Edinburgh's very own Rogue Milliner.
James' designs are fantastic, but not as fantastic as his plush velvet tuxedo, with shawl collar in satin, complimented by his waistcoat and scarf. Also in this picture, we see another velvet jacket with notched, split lapel in suit cloth, edged with satin.
In this final picture, I managed to snap a lady in a tuxedo, rare, but a great look. With a single fastening, satin edging, and full satin collar (rather than suit cloth). It really is a stand out tuxedo. Our gent is wearing a classic peaked collar tuxedo, with a one button fastening and straight flapped pockets. Pocket squares were really prevalent on the night.
All in all, it was a brilliant event with guest appearances from Dionne Blomfield, Millie Mackintosh of Made in Chelsea, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame and New York stylist Derek Warburton, who sported a striking pink turban. Congratulations to all the winners, and I'm sure you'll all be household names in the future.
With the whole country gearing up for the diamond jubilee all eyes are on the Royal family and here at A Suit That Fits we have an extra special interest in the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton is a great example of how tailoring can enhance your potential, both visually and socially.
Since her wedding to Prince William last April her tailored outfits have been showing us her more serious side. While the shapes Kate has chosen have enhanced her figure the tailored look has portrayed her as a lady that means business.
On a recent trip accompanying the Queen to Leicester Kate Middleton wore a very stylish skirt suit. With the belt emphasizing her small waist and the layers around her hips giving her small figure a more hourglass shape. Kate not only looks stunning beside the Queen but she also gives the impression of a worthy companion. Another perfect example of the Duchess of Cambridge looking great in tailored garments is that of the coat that she wore to meet the Irish Guards. Kate donned a navy blue double breasted coat dress with three quarter length sleeves and a short mandarin collar. The dress like overcoat was ultra fitted with a high neckline to keep it demure.
Kate Middleton is also a great advocate of mixing up tailored garments with more relaxed items. She was recently photographed wearing a heavy woollen three button jacket . It had slanted flapless pockets with a curved edge. The Duchess team this fitted piece with a relaxed patterned scarf and a beret at a jaunty angle. I perfect outfit for a royal.
It seems that Kate has really settled into meeting and greeting the nation and with a wardrobe to match she's definitely giving ladies tailoring the thumbs.
With Merly Streep's recent Oscar win it is just a reminder that there is so much to love about this amazing actress. Already this year she has not only won an Oscar but a Bafta too, with many other awards to follow I expect.
Streep is condsidered one of the best actress' of her time with her career stretching from roles like Kramer and Kramer to her most recent depiction of Margeret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.
' But Merly Streep is not just a great actress, she is also condsidered a major style icon. It seems that her appeal stems from the fact that Streep never tries to be fashionable, having regularly claimed she knows nothing about fashion.She never looks uncomfortable or unsure in what she wears. This relaxed feeling she emulates comes across in the way she carries herself. When Merly Streep dresses for an event she does it in a way that is not over considered. Merly Streep's Oscar winning dress.Unlike a lot of actors and actress' Streep's style is very much her own. She does not always look perfect but she manages to always come across as natural even when looking extremely glamours.
Meryl Streep recently won a the Bafta for best actress. In many of her roles as well as her personal life Merly Streep has chosen a more tailored look. This is a style that really suits her shape and angular face. In 'The Devil Wears Prada' Streep's character was very hard and austere. By using large sharp collars and contrasting colours the director used Streep's angular face to emphasis this feeling of power and control. Looking at Meryl Streep's overcoat you can see how the stark difference between the black and white collars emphasis' her pale complexion giving a harsh look.
This is a look that Streep has donned in the past for earlier roles in her career. While playing Joanna Kramer in 'Kramer and Kramer' she wore the same style collar on an overcoat. The look had a softer feel than her later role in 'The Devil Wears Prada.' This was done by giving her a relaxed floaty hair style, with loose strands. This softened Streep's face and although she still looks very professional in her overcoat it is a more relaxed look than that of Miranda Priestly.
Meryl Streep in Kramer Vs Kramer In more recent years Meryl Streep has taken this more tailored look into her own personal wardrobe. For a promotional evening for the musical 'Mamma Mia' Streep attended wearing a ladies large shawl collar jacket. The jacket had a one button fastening and an extremely cut away front, enhancing Meryl Streep's natural curves. Merly Streep at the photocall for Mamma Mia The most amazing and recent transformation of Meryl Streep into character is that of her role as Margeret Thatcher. Not only is her acting superb but her grasp of the iron ladies' speech is uncanny. The shoulder pads and server cut do help though. These extra large shoulder pads on ladies really signifie the eighties, with wide notched collars and nipped in waist, you could be forgiven in thinking that old Maggie had risen again! Meryl Streep as Margeret Thatcher in the Oscar winning picture 'The Iron Lady.' Here Streep wears a dark heavily pad suit with contrasting collar.
Known for her stunning performances and kooky style Helena Bonham Carter looked stunning in her ladies suit as she collected her CBE at the end of February. I'm sure her bold and touching performance in 'The Kings Speech' was at the forefront of the Queens mind.
I love Helena's bold use of traditional detailing and gorgeous patterned . I don't think I've ever seen her look anything less than stunning. We all have our off days but Helena still manages to look beautifully dressed on hers.
Below is a photo of the quirky two piece ladies checked suit she wore to 'The Kings Speech' photo call. Bold check with over-sized buttons and a carefully nipped in waist. This worked very well with her more petite figure, the longer skirt balances nicely with the detailing and large check. One of the key things in this suit is the flapped pockets with a gentle slant enhancing the curve of her waist.
While I wouldn't recommend wearing just a bra under you suit at work it seems to be one of Bonham Carters top style quirks. It makes for a feisty, sexy evening look and easy to pull off especially with a waistcoat. If you want to carry this type of look off at work choose a cute vest-top with a lace edge, polka dot silks work fantastically.
Two great looks for both work and play. Helena's style adds a fun twist to traditional ladies suiting. Proving that bold and smart can be beautifully combined. I can't wait to see what she'll wear down the red carpet for the premier of the new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations (2012). Book in with Rachel Harries at our City Road studio
Suits, the hit series on TV channel Dave is sweeping across the UK. Here at A Suit That Fits we do love the style of one of the central characters Harvey Spector. He looks amazing in his three piece bespoke suits.
He tends to wear a , which gives a powerful masculine look. This works really well as his tall and slender shape is broaden at the chest allowing for a very smart silhouette from the shoulders to waist, In the picture below Harvey is wearing a , you can not beat a fine bespoke , very dapper!.
Harvey Spector played by Gabriel Macht is one of New York City's top attorneys who has recently been promoted to senior partner at his firm. He is forced by company policy to hire an associate and after an accidental interview hires Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams. Harvey is impressed by the younger man's quick wits, his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and his genuine desire to be an attorney. Due to the fact that Mike lacks a law degree, and because the firm prefers Harvard alumni, they both pretend that Mike is a Harvard graduate. Harvey's dapper fashion sense is starting to rubber off on the young Mike.
Being more of a renegade Mike though prefers a two piece suit. He teams them with a belt and a more classic notched collar. By wearing a belt he gives the traditional lapel a modern twist.
Being the mother of the bride there is not only the inevitable chaos of helping to organise the big day but also the question of what to wear. Looking elegance and sophisticated are at the forefront of any outfit choice with colour and style being a mind field of decisions.
Mother of the Brides, both in elegant suits
The other great option is to go for the more modern look of wearing a ladies suit either with trousers or a skirt. The option of wearing a trouser suit can be very effective, with high waisted trousers being all the rage at the moment. This combination worn with a pair of heels and an amazing hair piece can give you that extra special feeling that is essential for the role of 'Mother of the Bride.' The option of wearing a skirt suit should though, not be seen as a poor cousin. The myriad of styles available for skirts give lots of scope, and the elegance and feeling of style created by wearing a well fitting skirt are second to none.
Mother of the Bride wearing match hat and jacket
When it comes to fabric it really depends on the circumstances of the wedding. This too, with the exclusion of black and white is the same for colour. Accessories on the other hand are a must. No mother of the bride outfit is complete without an eye-opening hat or fascinator! When it comes to weddings what you put on your head is incredible important and of course has to match with the outfit that you choose. Prince Charlene of Monaco's mother in a beautifully tailored suit and match fascinator Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton's mother shows a great use of ladies tailoring for her outfit. For the royal wedding earlier this year she wore light blue coatdress with the all essential matching hat. This very elegant outfit is a great example of why tailoring and ladies suits can be the perfect choice for an outfit for you daughters wedding. It keeps you looking incredible glamorous and stylish but also formal enough for such an important day. Carole Middleton at the recent royal wedding
As a general rule wearing black and blue together is usually avoided and has historically carried the same level of fashion faux-pas as combining orange and pink in an outfit choice. But like all rules, especially fashion rules, they are made to be broken and if you can get away with it then you should make the most of it.
You do however need the right attitude to pull off this colour clash especially when the outfit in question is a . Take a leaf out of Evan Rachel Wood's book and pull the look together with some contrasting statement .
The purple shoes and handbag give the look an edgy Goth feel and the texture of this suit makes it even louder. Even Wood's orange hair adds an extra element of colour clashing to top the look off. A bold move for a red carpet full of the usual designer dresses, but what a way to stand out from the crowd!. Click here to see our version of a ladies black and blue suit, it's a more understated style but will look great worn with either a crisp, white or pure black shirt .The orange hair is an optional extra.
Guys, why not try a black and blue combo for your next suit the image below is a wedding suit, you can see the details of the colour and fabric options here.
Black and blue, it's the new black in the sartorial world and will make you stand out from the crowd at your next formal event.
My ultimate style icon has to be Marlene Dietrich with her long pointed collars, big lapels and signature top hat. This typically male style of dress is however subsided by her femininity; her perfectly curled hair and killer cheekbones.
A true style icon. Dietrich was one of the first stars of the silver screen to consistently reinvent her look - decades before the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Dietrich wore a top hat and tails just as easily and effortlessly as she wore a glamorous dress and fur shawl. It was this brazen way of dressing that got her noticed in the States and helped to secure her first role in an American film. There's no wonder John Wayne called her the 'the most intriguing woman' he'd ever known. By constantly reinventing her look she remained in the spotlight as a style icon, as well as a talented actress for over 40 years. Combine a pointed collar shirt, buttoned up, and wear with a sharp tailored jacket; add a tie for extra style kudos and adopt some Dietrich bravery by going for more masculine cuts.
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