The pace at work is getting almost unbearable and the spring refuses to arrive both in Tallinn and Brussels, but I’ve been cheered up by these pictures of my Tallinn Dolls by Karolin Kuusik suit. Although taken a while back, I’ve just received them from the photographer: in time to (hopefully) offer some inspiration for your spring wardrobe shopping.
For years, the coordinating suit has been the most boring way to dress, but this is changing. People and brands are rethinking both skirt suits and pant suits – and often calling them co-ords, to avoid the dreaded S-word. Probably the most obvious way to do The New Suit this spring is the pink pant suit, as demonstrated by the fabulous Pandora Sykes and the famous Harry Styles. Pink is (again) the colour of the season, so I predict there will be a reasonably good selection of suits to choose from.
It’s obviously not the only way to do it, though. I’m really liking this yellow Topshop version, for example. Cropped pants one feature to look out for, double-breasted boxy jackets and non-neutral colours are others. The suit has to be saying loud and clear that even if it’s related to the grey, classic suits of the past, it has since moved on. And has basically stopped calling, except maybe around Christmas.
One way to demonstrate this is to take the sporty route. Athleisure is possibly the biggest megatrend of recent years and is not going anywhere. My mint green skirt suit is influenced by sportswear both in fabric and in shape. Then again, because there’s a skirt, there is no mistaking it for actual sport clothing. It’s comfortable and fun and the striking colour combination never fails to make people smile.
I’m wearing it here with Adidas Gazelle sneakers that I believe are pretty perfect for styling the suit in a more casual way. You could (and I have) smarten it up with a blazer and a proper shoe – I have a pair of pink Zara ones with a block silver heel that work well. If you want to tone it down, a neutral nude pump is an option. It might still be a stretch for a conservative work place, but would not look out of place in many modern offices. I think the hoodie/sweatshirt under a blazer thing will become completely unremarkable in office wear very soon.
Pictured: Tallinn Dolls by Karolin Kuusik suit, Adidas sneakers. MUAH by Lana Vallo studio, photo Marin Sild.