Nine New Ways to Try Tailoring

Burberry
BURBERRY

Polish your workwear basics with block colours, big shapes and belting. Our insiders explain how to up the style ante in and out of the office.

1. Wear the Pants

"If you have to invest in one tailored piece, the trouser is a must-have. Designers are embracing ankle-length hems, wide legs, pintucks and elastic waists, ensuring a silhouette to suit every shape." – Rachel McRae, Buyer for Australian Designer Womenswear at David Jones.

2. Try Colour

Bianca Spender blazer and pants - Saba blazer and pants
Bianca Spender blazer, $795, and pants, $495. Saba blazer, $449, and pants, $249.

"Brights are back this season so get bold and embrace coloured styles from C&M Camilla and Marc, Véstire and Ginger & Smart." – Rachel McRae, Buyer for Australian Designer Womenswear at David Jones.

3. Opt for Lightness

BOSS
BOSS

"If bright colours are a step too far, going for soft neutral tones can get you out of an all-black rut. Paler shades suit the Australian climate and lifestyle, even in winter." – Bridget Veals, General Manager Women’s Clothing & Accessories at David Jones.

4. Point of Difference

Camilla and Marc blazer, $950. By Johnny skirt, $300.
Camilla and Marc blazer, $950. By Johnny skirt, $300.

"Of-the-moment design details to look out for are checks, plaids,  cinched-in waists and statement buttons." – Rebecca Vallance, Fashion Designer at Rebecca Vallance.

5. Divide and Conquer 

GIVENCHY
GIVENCHY

"Rethink the traditional pantsuit and try the ‘broken suit’. Pair slouchy straight-leg trousers with a boxy blouse or tee and top-handle bag. I like to add delicate touches with gold hardware."– Jessie Aylmore, Fashion Editor at JONES.

6. Go Ladylike

Carla Zampatti blazer dress, $679. Judith & Charles  blazer dress, $795.6
Carla Zampatti blazer dress, $679. Judith & Charles blazer dress, $795.

"A structured blazer dress is a feminine way to embrace the tailoring trend. The piece should have exaggerated long sleeves for that ‘wow’ factor. I take inspiration from labels like Burberry that have a super elegant approach." – Jessie AyLmore, Fashion Editor at JONES.

7. Touch and Feel

"For winter, try a textured suit. Corduroy and velvet feel fresh and new but still have a timeless quality."– Barbara Polo, Womenswear Design Manager at Witchery.

8. Style Accordingly

"This season is all about wearing your suit with a great retro sneaker or chunky Mary Janes, or go the other way with a strappy, barely-there kitten heel." – Bridget Veals, General Manager Women’s Clothing & Accessories at David Jones.

9. Learn to customise

"Don’t be afraid to get a suit tailored. Even just a shorter hem or a tiny tweak to the waist can deliver the perfect fit. Next on your to-do list: find a great tailor." – Lill Jenner, Contributing Stylist at JONES.

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