Top 10 Tailored Style Buys

Smarten up for spring in clean, tailored pieces in fresh, modern shades

Yves Saint Laurent once said: ‘A woman is seductive wearing trousers, only if she wears them with all her femininity’. This is true for one of the biggest trends of the season – masculine tailoring.

You might associate menswear-inspired clothes with winter but it’s a key look this spring/summer, too. Balmain, Victoria Beckham and Yves Saint Laurent were all frontrunners, showing us how it should be done.

In fact, the adrogynous look is often seen as one of the sexiest ones. Countless actresses opt for a low-cut blazer and trousers on the red carpet, and with the rising popularity of jumpsuits on both the catwalks and high street, it’s fair to say that our tastes are changing – and floaty and feminine is being replaced by smart and tailored.

Don’t dismiss the powers of a well-tailored item of clothing – even if you don’t feel comfortable in trousers, there are new designs made beautifully – the difference that a pintuck here and a lifted hem there can makeis seriously impressive.Floral prints and sugar-hued separates are obvious ways to feminise the look, but summer black is also on trend and remains effortlessly chic.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little – shorts are made office-appropriate thanks to their tailored designs, and why not try a pair of trousers of a jumpsuit as a wedding guest outfit? There are styles to suit everyone, whether it’s high-waisted to make the most of a small waist mid-calf to showcase great legs or a structured, fitted blazer to minimise a fuller bust.

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to getting individual garments tailored professionally, don’t fret – there are plenty of options on the high street. Read on to discover our top picks for a seriously tailored spring…