Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Looking Smart Is All in the Mix

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Looking Smart Is All in the Mix

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Byline: BECKY DAVIES

THE LOOK TROUSER SUITS

EVEN as we are about to enter the season of the flimsy chiffon dress it is unsurprising to see the sophisticated elegance of the trouser suit at the international shows.

After all, a girl has got to have something to wear to the office hasn't she?

When Yves Saint Laurent debuted "Le Smoking" dinner jacket for his haute couture show in January 1966, it became an iconic trademark for the French fashion house and a wardrobe staple for many women.

Tom Ford carried on this signature style when he took over YSL in 2001 and his successor, Stefano Pilati, created high-waisted threequarter-length trousers in grey with a camel jacket for her third YSL collection.

The trick is to juggle your tops and bottoms as done by Stella McCartney - she teamed powder-blue trousers with a white jacket.

For the best cut in women's tailoring, head to Stella's Bruton Street shop (020 7518 3100), which also has an in-house bespoke service.

On the high street, Zara always has an extensive selection of suits, jackets and trousers sold as separates that can be happily mismatched. …

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