AW/21 Emporium Edit | Suiting

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.

Mono blocking

Suiting trend #1

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.

Laid Back Tailoring

Suiting trend #2

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.

It’s All About The Details

Suiting trend #3

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.

From Weekday To Weekend

Suiting trend #4

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.

DISCOVER NEW SEASON AW/21 SUITING ARRIVALS

Bassike

BASSIKE

Crepe Bandless Tailored Pant, $550

Contrast Detail Crepe Jacket, $895

Velcro Toe Slide, $520

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sass & Bide

SASS & BIDE

Twilight Hour Jacket, $590

Twilight Hour Pant, $450

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Scotch & Soda

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

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Manning Cartell

MANNING CARTELL

Book Lovers Jacket, $649

Book Lovers Wide Leg Pant, $449

Flight Mode Jacket, $599

Flight Mode Pant, $399

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Bec + Bridge

BEC + BRIDGE

Adeline Jacket in Caramel, $480

Adeline Pant in Caramel, $280

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Ted Baker

TED BAKER

Semi Plain Blazer in Navy, $569

Semi Plain Trouser in Navy, $269

Thick Textured Polo Shirt in Natural, $199

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Maje

MAJE

Vebs Blazer, $770

Pebs Pants, $445

Knitwear – Monette Sweater $415

Sleeveless Contrast Sweater, $415

Double-Breasted Suit Jacket, $770

Straight-Cut Suit Trousers, $445

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Sandro

SANDRO

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

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
GANT

GANT

Iconic G Pattern Club Blazer, $999

Iconic G Cigarette Pants, $489

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Anna Thomas

ANNA THOMAS

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

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Anne Fontaine

ANNE FONTAINE

Jacket Smart, $995

Pants Argan, $795

Shirt Valmy, $795

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Viktoria & Woods

VIKTORIA & WOODS

Sinclair Wrap Top, $350

McLaren Pant, $300

AS SEEN ON BIANCA

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Bassike

BASSIKE

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

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2

"Chunky accessories are key this season"

APM MONACO

APM MONACO

Chaîne Grain De Café Necklace - Yellow Silver, $668

Chaîne Grain De Café Bracelet - Yellow Silver, $350

Maille Marine Ring - Yellow Silver, $105

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
GEORG JENSEN

GEORG JENSEN

Moonlight Grapes Bracelet, $665

Moonlight Grapes Bangle, $575

Moonlight Grapes Earrings, $575

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
MIMCO

MIMCO

Queen B Stud in Burnt Honey

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2

DISCOVER THE EDIT

Trend 1

“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.”

BOOTS
Trend 3

“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.”

EARTH TONES
Trend 4

“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.“

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