It is the Audrey Hepburn of power office fashion, minus the oversized shoulder pads. It will be your saving grace on the days when you’re not feeling up to trussing yourself up. It’s an investment piece and works best when treated thus, i.e. with a little more money spent than on the throwaway fashions and tailored for your body. Yes, it is expensive, but when you find your perfect match, it will be your best friend and wardrobe staple for years to come. I am of course talking about the tuxedo jacket. It’s the cornerstone of androgyny, and it happens to be one of the key trends for this fall.
For anyone who has ever blanched at the thought of voluminous skirts and defining the exact proportions of their waist line, this is the saving grace of the coming season. The antithesis of the idealized 50s silhouette, androgyny has been seen on other catwalks for the fall season. Trading on a masculine aesthetic whilst remaining devastatingly sexy is no mean feat. However, when done right, it will work just as hard as any dress with minimal effort.
The male aesthetic may not be a new idea in women’s office fashion: we’ve been appropriating blazers, cardigans, and oversized shirts from the men in our lives for years. But this is being taken to the next level next season, with designers such as Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten and even Victoria Beckham championing the sharp lines and strict tailoring of the Savile Row school of thought, following in the well-trod footsteps of designers such as Margaret Howell and Hedi Slimane. It has long been championed in the celebrity world by Alexa Chung, Tilda Swinton, and the ever pouty Kristen Stewart.
While our silhouettes, skirt lengths, and color palettes will move in and out of office fashion on a bi-annual basis, leaving us feeling incredibly gauche should we turn up at an event wearing an out of season heel height, perfectly tailored office fashion staples such as a pair of cigarette pants and blazer will invariably trump any fashion cards.
For the recent converts to masculine tailoring, updating your wardrobe with key pieces this season will help you channel this trend with ease. A classic blazer, a tapered trouser, and a clean cut white shirt are all office fashion staples that will see you through for years to come. For the more experienced hand, update your wardrobe with this season’s materials, such as houndstooth and tartan, for a truly British vibe.
Really, any trend that lends us even a smidgen of Katharine Hepburn’s signature glamour can only be a good thing, no?
How do you incorporate the latest fashion trends into your professional wardrobe?
Ask Katie Schloss, Creative Director and President at Three Jane by Katie Schloss, which trends she’s most excited to wear this fall.