Drop What You’re Doing and Up Your Summer Suit Game

Even in the heat of summer, this look is way too cool to miss.

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Image: Telegraph Fashion

VB was pictured leaving her Dover Street store in the Big Smoke earlier this week, adorned with a stunning, sumptuous-yet-sleek deep brunswick green two-piece suit (and have us swooning it most definitely does!), finished with an eye-catching walnut brown leather clutch under one arm. If that’s not a strong summer look for any respectable modern woman, then we don’t know what is!

This year at Cannes, too, it wasn’t all about women in day dresses and men in suits… In a refreshing, super chic trend, the lovely ladies of the festival were turning up in menswear-inspired attire — and making it look damn good! Three of our most au courant prominent style inspirations, Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Lea Seydoux, relied on a good summer suit to elevate their playful daytime ensemble.

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Image: Getty Images via Harper’s Bazaar

Yes, the trouser suit is comfortable, smart, glamorous and, most important of all, it hides a multitude of sins. It’s therefore definitely cause for celebration that some of our most prestigious designers continue to embrace the suit — something a bit throwback in the sense that it is something we all know and love, but has been sufficiently updated for us to feel that we’re getting a new look.

For decades, the humble ladies trouser suit has been an understated wardrobe staple, but in the past few years it is a thing of beauty which has increasingly come into its own. So, if you’re looking to make a case for the summer suit, follow these style trends that’ll see you through by not only making you the epitome of stylish, but also making getting dressed in the summer a cinch!

The New Neutral

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Image: Pinterest via Harper’s Bazaar

A few years ago black and white were neutral shades — those pieces that went with everything and we wore over, and over, and over again. If you were slightly older, you might’ve also argued the case for camel or beige.

But things have changed. Khaki and olive have joined the club as neutral new alternatives, and burgundy is also an acceptable substitute 
for brown (and definitely a more flexible summer shade).

Trends are taking two opposed directions: on one side towards a strong, vibrant palettes, on the other towards pastel hues on light and airy floral garments, for an ethereal look. Which leads us nicely on to this.

Pastel Power

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Image: Telegraph Fashion

A long way from her Posh Spice days, here Miss Beckham was pictured here arriving at her store earlier this year in a fresh mauve suit with mint green heels, both of which were plucked straight from her own Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Yep, if you’re a girly girl at heart then now’s your time to rejoice! Navy, grey, and black have been swapped out in favour of seasonal sugary tones for a while — think pastel pink, lavender, pistachio, and buttercup yellow.

Because of their powdery finish you can get away with mixing up pastel colours. Consider colour blocking yours with mismatched trousers and jackets, or even by slipping a contrasting top underneath a tonal two-piece.

The Monochrome

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Image: Getty Images via Esquire

Monochrome cast off its Sixties connotations for good, and now designers play with all manner of decorative devices to give black and white a fresh, modern makeover. It’s an oldie but a goodie that’ll definitely be sticking around for Summer 2018.

And we’re just in love with this simple classic — so easy, so glamorous, so formal, so casual, so put-together, so feminine, so masculine-inspired, so WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE! Is there anyone who doesn’t look good in monochrome!?

The Eye-Popping

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Image: Getty Images via Esquire

Seydoux brought so much je ne sais quoi to daytime suiting at Cannes this year. The actress added a billowy white tie-neck blouse (left undone of course) to her emerald green Louis Vuitton two-piece. This polished look was balanced by a pair of chic two-tone heels.

If you’re going for a vibrant coloured suit, we recommend sticking to high quality fabrics and cuts, or they could tend to look a bit cheap.

Side Stripe Pants

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Image: Getty Images via Esquire

Side-stripe pants have made their way in and out of the spotlight over the past few years, but due to an influx of athleisure-inspired attire hitting the market, it seems there’s no better time to invest in these statement trousers.

Do a Cate-Blanchett-at-Cannes, and make these side stripes a thing of the wardrobe present!

The Tomboy

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Image: Vogue via Peacock Plume

To keep your look from skewing too formal, pair a matching blazer and pair of trousers with a simple black or white tee or simple white shirt, and throw on some Vans or Converse sneakers. Simples!

The Short Pantsuit

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Image: Getty Images via Glamour

It’s all about the pantsuit for work these days, but when the weather is super hot, go with a shorts version instead! The style is equal parts youthful and fresh — and if it’s good enough for Megs then it’s good enough for our discerning tastes!

Nonchalant Accessorising

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Image: Telegraph Fashion

VB strikes again! On a business trip to China earlier in May, Victoria offered another new twist on classic tailoring, and took a nonchalant take on accessorising by looping a silk scarf through one belt loop.

This look can be done for any suit ensemble, although we especially love it with the grey and navy neutral tones here as it adds a flash of colour.

Preppy in Pink

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Image: Getty Images via Esquire

Did we mention that pastels are MASSIVE?

Cate Blanchett was undoubtedly one of our favorite style queens of Cannes this year. She’s a true fashion chameleon, so you never really know what to expect from her — but this time around she kept it buttoned up (literally) on multiple occaisons.

The peplum jacket is the star of this blush pink Stella McCartney two-piece, so there’s no need for a base underneath. Nude pumps completed the monochromatic ensemble.

So, which is your favourite suiting style — and will you be trying the summer suit trend this year? Let us know in the comments!

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