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- words by Hannah Slapper, styling by Rebecca Corbin-Murray


Wearing is suit is too often associated with the whole office vibe. Masculine overtones or '80s throwback nostalgia are not the only impressions to cast on your fellow men and women when you go for some tailoring. Fashion week teaches us a lot, but one of its most useful reminders is that mixing it up is a risk worth taking.

One of our favourite trends was white, and plenty of designers decided to intensify that purity with clean lines and suited twosomes. If you were to wear Jil Sander's Nicholson jacket and Niccolo trousers, you could juxtapose that with the instant classic 'Feline' jumper from Brian Lichtenberg, and with a Balenciaga leather jacket slung around your shoulders, editor style.

With all this monochromatic layering going on, you can add another dimension with some heavy print accessories. A pair of Kenzo printed trainers, a zesty Proenza Schouler python clutch in sunset orange, and some leopard print Illesteva sunglasses will throw some  shapes and colours into the mix, giving the entire look a kind of urban meets tropical vibe that will make you feel totally empowered. Who needs the court shoe and silk shell top in order to wear a suit?

1. Balenciaga, Leather Biker Jacket; 1,535,
2. Illesteva, ‘Leonard’ Acetate Sunglasses; £220,
3. Jil Sander, Nicolson Washed Cotton Jacket; £890,
4. Brian Lichtenberg, Charcoal Cotton ‘Feline’ Sweatshirt; £100,
5. Proenza Schouler, PS11 Textured Python Clutch Bag; £1,215,
6. Jil Sander, Niccolo Washed Cotton Trousers; £470,
7. Kenzo, Printed Cotton Canvas Plimsolls; £80,

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