If you’ve already seen the A/W 2017 catwalks, you’ll know that tailoring was featured in abundance. Whether it was through prominent, bold-hued head-to-toe suits at Givenchy and Gucci – or long-line, boyfriend-style blazers at Victoria Beckham and Calvin Klein – it’s time to dress to impress this season.
However, with tailoring, it can be challenging to find the right pieces for you according to your height, body shape, skin complexion and personal style. But, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s how to make tailoring work for you this fall.
Take your height into consideration.
The grey check blazer is vastly becoming fall’s key closet staple for any self-professed fashionista, especially if it’s long-line, which means it’s at least tunic-length reaching below the hips.
These tunic-length blazers look great no matter what your height is; however, the long-line, below-the-knee versions are better suited to tall gals as they take inches off the legs.
Similarly, if you’re going to rock a head-to-toe suit, pairing trousers with your jacket works better for smaller gals as they elongate the legs. If you’re taller, why not choose cropped trousers, or swap your trousers for a pencil skirt? If the pencil skirt reaches the knee then that’s even better, as it creates a classy yet sassy look.
Armani Collezioni Suit, £434.00
Light Before Dark Textured Grey Overcoat, £35.00
Shop according to your body shape.
Tunic-length blazers look fabulous on curvier gals, as they slim down the hips. However, if you have a smaller frame, choose a fitted, structured jacket that sits at the hips as it will add shape.
When it comes to long-line blazers, they tend to be more oversized with straighter lines, which means they better compliment curvier frames. Hourglass figures can minimize their exaggerated silhouettes with a trouser and jacket suit, and straight body types can add shape to their frames by pairing a pencil skirt and a fitted jacket with detailing at the waist.
Violet Premium Tailored Blazer, £22.00
Isabel Marant Blazer, £337.00
Choose colours that will suit you.
To be on trend this season, you can either go with classic neutrals and powdery pastel shades taking inspiration from designers such as Joseph and J.W Anderson, or you can choose Autumnal hues following the lead of designers such as Malan Breton and Emporio Armani.
Some of the fall’s top hues include tomato red, bright fuschia, and pastel grey.
Bold colours, such as bright fuschia, always look great on all skin tones. However, with neutrals and pastels, proceed with caution if you have a paler complexion, as they might wash you out.
Ermanno Scervino Suit, £793.00
Moschino Cheap And Chic Suit, £425.00
Remember your personal style.
It’s no secret that wearing tailored pieces will dress up an outfit for a special or professional occasion. However, if your style is more casual and rough-around-the-edges, this trend might not be for you.
Whether you choose one stand-out piece and adapt it to your personal style, or create a full-outfit ensemble in your favorite hues, make sure it still feels right for you. If the look doesn’t feel like you, then you won’t feel comfortable wearing it, and it might show.
Just remember though – fashion is there for us to experiment with and manipulate as a way of expressing ourselves. If you’re happy stepping out of your comfort zone, then why not do it? Life’s too short to have regrets, after all.
BCBGeneration Tuxedo Blazer, £100.41
Armani Collezioni Suit, £244.00
Whether you choose to rock a long-line blazer over a knitted dress with heeled boots for dinner with your friends or wear a head-to-toe suit in a dominant hue with stilettos for a busy day in the office, anyone can embrace tailoring and make it work for them this fall – all you need is confidence.