There’s never been such a good time to be business chic in Australia.
Sure in recent years, options were looking a little grim for female suits who simply wanted a timeless suit in quality but durable fabrics for under $1000. Local makers of classic suits like Satch closed up shop or shifted focus like Country Road who made their “suits” section men-only, opting instead to provide women with co-ordinates to mix and match to create their own.
Now the tides have turned so much that designers are making stylishly cut pinstripes and blazers such that fashion bloggers Lisa at See Want Shop opt to wear suits to highly photographed events like fashion week. These suits are equal parts style statement and well-structured conservatism meaning that they operate perfectly for work and play.
When wearing this season’s suit, remember to keep tops minimal. This means no stiff collars. Rather think simple necklines like scoop necks and if you’re feeling Audrey-esque perhaps even a turtleneck. Make your dollar stretch further by picking up basic scoop neck top in black from the likes of Target, Supre and Portmans. If you quality fibres are more your thing then of course, invest in the same from your favourite brand. For a dressy minimalist top, I’m quite liking Strateas Carlucci (available at David Jones), Limedrop and Cue and sister brand Veronika Maine are killing it with the minimalist look this season. For Business Casual, I like Swedish brand Filippa K (stocked in Melbourne at Swensk) or Bassike and Amor Lux (stocked at The Standard Store in Melbourne and Sydney) for more casual days.
Do you still wear co-ordinated suits or do you enjoy mixing and matching to create your own?