WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL.
As we return to the office in 2021, it’s time to pack up the trackpants and transition into something more upmarket. Yep, that means suiting is back – but for the upcoming chilly season, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort.
In fact, the suiting styles we saw on the runway at Melbourne Fashion Festival this month featured modern takes on the classic suit that incorporated laid back pyjama styling, commuter-friendly flats, and utility details that were far from the stuffy, buttoned-up silhouettes you’re probably used to.
I chatted to Emporium Melbourne stylist and Creative Director at Style By Us and Them, Karinda Mutabazi, about the four best suiting options for Autumn/Winter, and why suiting is back in fashion – and better than ever.
Pioneered by Yeezy (and of course, the Kardashians), mono-colour blocking has been gaining popularity amongst the style set. Not sure what mono-blocking is? Easy – it’s wearing the same colour, or shades of the same colour, across your whole outfit.
In a way, the suit is perfect for achieving this look, as it’s traditionally a matching set – but Karinda tells us you can step it up for 2021 by matching through to your top, or even accessories as well.
“Most notably this year is a heritage year for suiting with classic sleek silhouettes that are carefully considered and in a stunning range of classic colours that will make great investment pieces for years to come. Likewise matching your suiting with a tonal coloured top underneath be it shirt, tee, knit or tank will give you the seasonal edge.”
We loved this sleek Camilla and Marc suit in Guava, as well as Karinda’s coffee Bassike suit paired with Bassike mono-blocked tee, for a unique take on the 2021 suiting colour palette.
We’ve spent the past year in our most comfortable wardrobe staples – so how do we transition back into workwear without the pinching and pulling? Karinda says it’s all about tailoring.
“I would say that whatever the old rules were, they no longer apply, its 2021. Suits can be comfy, and still look amazing. The tailoring is more relaxed this season which helps the transition. It’s about finding a cut that works for your body shape and building from there.”
“A relaxed fit, in rich warm earth tones is the standout this season. The soft silhouettes allow for a smooth transition back into the world of tailoring. PJ style wrap jackets and wider leg pant make for a chic and comfortable suiting variation.”
We loved this Viktoria & Woods pyjama-style tie-waisted suit in a rich tobacco colour.
This season, it’s the details that count. Step up your suit with this year’s hottest accessories, including on-trend slides and sandals, which are pushing out the past years’ prolific white sneaker. Karinda suggests a focus on fibres – ever thought of a denim suit? It could be in your future…
“Think about layering with a knit or a tee instead of the traditional collared shirt for a more relaxed look. Fabrics are the key point of difference with trends focusing on lux organic fibres like wools, cottons, linens and even denims.“
“Chunky accessories are key this season - think chunky statement chains and earrings and chunky boots. We are having a flat shoe revolution so matching your suit with a sandal or slide for trans-seasonal weather is the perfect compliment.”
We loved this cool Aje denim suit and paired with an Aje knit turtleneck for a relaxed take on tailoring.
Suits are no longer solely for the realms of the office. With so many suiting trends taking off on the runway, it’s clear that the suit has finally made the jump to classic wardrobe staple – and just as perfect for after-work drinks with friends, or a weekend event. Karinda suggests pairing a suit with less conventional accompaniments to take it from day to night, like a fun tee, or a pair of heels – or split up the pieces to create a different look.
“It’s all about how you choose to accessorise your suit. A flat boot or slide, paired with a tee or cosy knit, is perfect for the weekend or a casual dinner. If you want to elevate the look, add some matching chunky accessories and a strappy heel or a heeled boot, and look for a top in a lux fabric like satin, cashmere or lace that will give texture or shine.”
“Seems obvious to say, but is worth mentioning that you can wear a suit as a set or as individual pieces for ultimate flexibility. It’s all comes down to the fit, as long as that is great you will get lots of wear out of each of the pieces.”
We loved this fun, Gossip Girl-style skirt suit from Maje, paired with a Maje slogan tee to take your suit style to the weekend.
Crepe Bandless Tailored Pant, $550
Contrast Detail Crepe Jacket, $895
Velcro Toe Slide, $520
SASS & BIDE
Twilight Hour Jacket, $590
Twilight Hour Pant, $450
SCOTCH & SODA
Classic Single-breasted Structured Blazer, $429.95
Mott - Classic Structured Yarn Chinos, $239.95
Classic Tailored Blazer, $289.95
Lowry - Tailored Slim Fit Pants, 179.95
Abbey Mid Zip Boot, $399.95
Book Lovers Jacket, $649
Book Lovers Wide Leg Pant, $449
Flight Mode Jacket, $599
Flight Mode Pant, $399
BEC + BRIDGE
Adeline Jacket in Caramel, $480
Adeline Pant in Caramel, $280
Semi Plain Blazer in Navy, $569
Semi Plain Trouser in Navy, $269
Thick Textured Polo Shirt in Natural, $199
Vebs Blazer, $770
Pebs Pants, $445
Knitwear – Monette Sweater $415
Sleeveless Contrast Sweater, $415
Double-Breasted Suit Jacket, $770
Straight-Cut Suit Trousers, $445
Viscose Tailored Jacket, $775
High Waisted Viscose Trousers, $515
Cotton Blouse with Puff Sleeves, $395
Dual-fabric Tailored Jacket, $860
Straight Leg Dual Trouser, $460
Iconic G Pattern Club Blazer, $999
Iconic G Cigarette Pants, $489
Grant Blazer in Gunmetal, $975
Grant Trouser in Gunmetal, $648
Blythe Blouse in Ivory, $525
Exeter Jacket in Turquoise/Lime, $1,098
Exeter Skirt in Turquoise/Lime, $580
Blythe Blouse in Navy, $525
Jacket Smart, $995
Pants Argan, $795
Shirt Valmy, $795
VIKTORIA & WOODS
Sinclair Wrap Top, $350
McLaren Pant, $300
AS SEEN ON BIANCA
Linen Double Breasted Jacket, $895
Slubbed Linen Split Hem Pant, $450
Wrapped Leather Sandal, $540
Leather wrap O-ring Belt, $220
AS SEEN ON KARINDA
Chaîne Grain De Café Necklace - Yellow Silver, $668
Chaîne Grain De Café Bracelet - Yellow Silver, $350
Maille Marine Ring - Yellow Silver, $105
Moonlight Grapes Bracelet, $665
Moonlight Grapes Bangle, $575
Moonlight Grapes Earrings, $575
Queen B Stud in Burnt Honey
“It’s hard to imagine winter without the humble knit. Knitwear often forms the cosy, trusty base of our wardrobe as the weather cools, so it’s essential to know what to look for when picking up a new favourite.”
“We’ve seen the monoblocking trend (dressing in a single colour or tone) continue through to 2021, but this year we’re taking it a step further with something fashion insiders are calling ‘head to toe dressing’. So, what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s all about choosing a single trend, print or fabric, and styling your look from top to bottom.”
“From classic staples with a twist, to new styles and easy-to-wear options, this season’s coats are all about staying comfortable, whilst ensuring versatility when pairing them back with your existing wardrobe go-tos.“
“There’s more than one way to introduce warmth into your wardrobe as the cooler months approach. Add shades of coffee, latte, and chocolate to your line-up this season, along with tan, ochre, and caramel, for a modern take on cold weather dressing.”
“Each winter, the boot is a staple for your cold-weather wardrobe – and this year, a raft of cool new styles are demanding a little space in your 2021 line-up. From comfortable options like easy-to-wear flats and chunky heels to on-trend detailing to help you stand out from the pack, there's something to match every outfit.”