Normally you’d find me twirling away in a skater-style dress, but this time I wanted to do things a little differently and talk tailoring. Now, as someone who prefers the terms ‘over-sized’ and ‘slouchy’, tailoring is a subject I normally shy away from. However, every now and then I think I should aim to look a little neater, more pulled together and genuinely be brave enough to embrace my curves and flatter them in some well-tailored garments.
The shops are filled with pencil skirts, slim-legged trousers and for the very brave, short suits. I’ve styled three looks which embrace this form-flattering trend but I’ve done it my way, so expect leather, neon pink and some beautiful heels.
Don’t be shy about getting your pins out. Tailored shorts, when you find the right ones, can be extremely flattering. Choose a pair that rise high enough on your waist to elongate your body and that end on a part of your legs that you’re happy about. Bum skimmers need not apply. A geometric pattern looks incredibly chic and smart, so can be dressed up with a shirt or blouse or dressed down with a tee and flat sandals. Simply add tights to beat the winter chill.
I am a massive leather skirt fanatic. In winter I have a leather skater skirt that I live in, so it’s definitely time to upgrade to a different style. There are loads of leather pencil skirts out there so be sure to shop around to find the right one. Just like the shorts, I want my pencil skirt to be high waisted, highlighting the smallest part of the body. I love the idea of pairing something tough with something delicate, so a little silk cami is a perfect match. Again tees and shirts work equally well. For a hit of colour finish the look with a bright cropped jacket.
The trouser is possibly the holy grail of tailoring. Save black and navy for the long winter months, instead opting for bright pinks, reds and purples. If you’re feeling really bold then choose a patterned pair. Just be sure to balance with a neutralising top. I love the ease of a smart trouser paired with a crisp white shirt.
Be safe in the knowledge that whatever the occasion, there is a tailored outfit with your name on.