Women’s trouser suits are everywhere this season - here’s where to buy yours 

A fashion expert shares tips on where to shop the best tailoring - and how to style it

(Image credit: Future / M&S / Mint Velvet / Reiss)

When it comes to buying the best women’s trouser suits, with careful consideration you’re bound to find the perfect two or three piece to suit you and your wardrobe. Tailoring has come a long way from just being drab grey officewear – these days you’ll find women's trouser suits in a variety of colours and fabrics to suit every occasion and taste – whether you’re looking for sugary pink, slubby linen or a glamorous structured style, there’s a wealth of choice available.

Before investing in a women’s trouser suit, it’s important to consider how it will work with the rest of your clothing – choose well and the tailored separates will become integral to your capsule wardrobe. While it might be tempting to snap up a bold and bright trouser suit or a pastel two-piece, first ask yourself what colour suits me before committing to a new purchase. Colours such as royal blue, olive green and pink will keep their cool long past the summer, giving them a year-round appeal. Need convincing that pink is the perfect choice for you? Kate Middleton’s pink suit is the epitome of quiet luxury.

Look for styles that will work beyond the office too – the best women’s trouser suits will look great with heels for smart occasions and teamed with your best white trainers at the weekend for a cool, casual vibe.

Fashion Editor and Stylist Julie Player has this advice:

“The most important thing to consider when investing in a suit is the occasion at which you plan to wear it. If you are looking for a suit to wear for formal days in an office environment it would be wise to chose a neutral-coloured, classically cut suit that will form the basis of a workwear capsule wardrobe. However, if you are looking for a suit to wear for a wedding or special occasion you could consider a brighter colour or bold print that will make more of a statement. The shape is important, think about your body type and chose a style that will flatter your figure.”

Where to buy the best women's trouser suits

Many of our favourite British clothing brands are jumping on the trend for womens trouser suits – from Boden and Reiss to John Lewis’ ANYDAY, there’s a style to suit every budget. Marks & Spencer reports that sales of summer tailoring are up by 125 per cent, with over 42,000 linen blazers sold to date, coupled with a staggering 66,000 pairs of wide leg linen trousers – proof, if ever you needed it, that this is one of the key fashion trends 2024 for summer.

We’ve rounded up the six best UK retailers to shop for the perfect women’s trouser suits for your wardrobe.

1. Marks & Spencer

Best Women's Trouser Suits from Marks & Spencer

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Charlie Bell, Deputy Fashion Editor at Future Plc says: “Women’s trouser suits are sweeping the British high street and where better to pick up a beautiful tailored suit than one of our shopping favourites, Marks & Spencer? From hot pink sleeveless blazers with matching wide leg trousers and their popular linen collection to chic shorts suits, you’re bound to find the perfect combination to suit your personal style.”

If you’re looking for something a little different when it comes to tailoring, check out the brand’s super cool cotton-rich denim-inspired three-piece suit for a true blue take on women’s trouser suits. This style bridges the gap between smart suiting and laidback style perfectly with its indigo hue – try styling it with neutral accessories such as flat black sandals and a pair of your favourite quiet luxury sunglasses.

2. Next

Best Women's Trouser Suits from Next

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Whatever style you’re searching for, you’ll find every variation at Next. The British high street brand offers a wide selection of mix and match options, perfect for customising your suit. Before you start shopping, Fashion Editor and Stylist Julie Player offers this sage styling advice:

“A sharply tailored jacket with padded shoulders will create structure and accentuate the shoulder line, perfect for balancing out a pear-shaped figure, while a cropped jacket paired with high-waisted skirt or trousers will flatter a petite figure-type. A longer-length jacket combined with wide-leg trousers will disguise a pear shape.”

When it comes to your bottom half, wide-leg trousers have been a popular choice for the last few years and work well with a fitted jacket, but a slimmer pair of straight-leg trousers will be a better investment as they are universally flattering.”

3. Reiss

Best Women's Trouser Suits from Reiss

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The gold standard of women's trouser suits has to be Reiss. Long a front runner in affordable, beautifully-cut women’s tailoring, these suits deserve to be worn to more than just an office. If you’re looking for an alternative to dresses for the summer social season, look to Reiss for inspiration.

As well as classic navy, black and grey, the brand offers a range of colourful women's trouser suits perfect for special occasions such as weddings, parties and summer calendar highlights. Wondering what to wear to the races? Swap your favourite frock for a colourful tailored two-piece this summer! Deputy Fashion Editor Charlie Bell offers this advice when looking for the perfect shade:

“While pale pinks work for spring and summer, opting for a dusky or deeper shade of pink will see your trouser suit work year-round. Try teaming it with red accessories for a cool colour clash look.”

4. Whistles

Best Women's Trouser Suits from Whistles

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Whistles' women’s trouser suits focus on the latest trend this season, with emphasis on waistcoats. If you’ve ever wondered how to wear a waistcoat, Julie Player says: “a matching waistcoat, worn without anything underneath, adds for a modern edge to women’s trouser suits. For hot days, it’s the perfect alternative to a suit jacket or blazer.”

If you’d prefer upper arm coverage, adding a simple white t-shirt will add a chic minimalist touch to your waistcoat.

This season, many of Whistles’ women’s trouser suits feature a longer line waistcoat which skims the hips and also features a higher neckline, extending to the collarbone. This added coverage creates a more suit-like feel to the sleeveless style, evoking Nineties minimalist styles that are once again on trend. This style is a good option if you would prefer more fabric, unlike many styles which are cropped to sit on or above the waistband of your trousers.

To contrast the formal cut of the navy pinstripe, trainers are the perfect shoes to wear with wide-leg trousers for a relaxed finish to your outfit, adding a cool modern twist to suiting.

5. John Lewis

Best Women's Trouser Suits from John Lewis

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A British fashion stalwart, John Lewis saw a search increase for women’s trouser suits of 285 per cent in a single week in May 2024. With a great range of brands alongside their own eponymous label and the affordable ANYDAY range, John Lewis is the ideal one stop shopping destination for every woman looking for her perfect match when it comes to women’s trouser suits.

When it comes to their own brand, John Lewis have nailed stylish suiting with cool pastel hued cotton in sharp cuts and basket weave linen in laidback, loose fits, offering options for all in both two and three piece options.

6. Mint Velvet

Best Women's Trouser Suits from Mint Velvet

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Ever since it launched in 2009, Mint Velvet has been filling our wardrobes with stylish pieces and their women’s trouser suits are no exception. From slubby pink linen sets to cool powder blue pinstripes, Mint Velvet have the power to read our minds when it comes to important purchases like women’s trouser suits. This summer, one style your wardrobe can’t be without is a white linen trouser suit – three is officially a trend and we’ve spotted several on the red carpet - Claudia Winkleman and Gillian Anderson have both rocked a white trouser suit, while Emily Blunt’s white suit worn with black accessories got the nod of approval from fashion folk.

For the perfect white linen women’s trouser suit, we love Mint Velvet’s MINT Studio collection. This capsule occasion wear collection features classic styles with added modern finishes for super cool takes on timeless pieces that you’ll turn to for years to come.

Can women wear a trouser suit to a wedding? 

Whether you’re attending a cool city wedding or nuptials in a country church, women’s trouser suits have become a stylish alternative to the best wedding guest dresses in recent years. Look for styles in bright colours or bold patterns to make a style statement – Julie Player says:

“Yes, you can wear a suit to a wedding! If you feel confident and comfortable in a trouser suit there are plenty of styles that will be ideal. I suggest trying a softer colour or teaming a grey or navy suit with a patterned blouse or bright top. It’s best to avoid a white trouser suit, unless you are part of the wedding party, and I wouldn’t wear black either as it’s just too sombre.”

What top to wear with a trouser suit? 

Women’s trouser suits are surprisingly versatile when it comes to different tops that you can wear with them. For an office-appropriate look, opt for a shirt underneath – crisp cotton will make you feel pulled together, or for a softer, more feminine take, try swapping to a silk blouse in a complementary hue. For an on-trend colour drench effect, opt for a top in a similar tone to your suit for head to toe cool. At the weekend or for more casual occasions, add a fitted plain or printed tee, finishing your look with trainers.

How should a trouser suit fit a woman? 

When buying a suit, it’s important to consider what cut and style will suit you, particularly if you’re investing in a more expensive brand. It’s easy to get sucked into the current trends but a classic fit will age far better.

Julie Player offers this sage advice when it comes to fit: “The current trend for oversized boxy jackets and wider trousers is a great look if you want a fun and funky outfit, but beware! Trends change and this look will probably date pretty quickly. I suggest going for a fit that skims your figure, fitting closely on the shoulders and tapering down towards the hips. Trousers that skim the ankle work well with ballet flats or Mary Janes, while wider leg styles look great with heels, or trainers if you want a relaxed look.”

A mannish double-breasted blazer looks best worn done up, working on slimmer frames – the double buttons draw attention to the torso, so can be trickier to carry off if you’re bigger busted. However, you can highlight your waist in this style by adding a contrasting belt to cinch in extra fabric at your middle which will create an hourglass effect to balance your silhouette.

A single-breasted blazer is flattering for all shapes and can be worn closed for a streamlined look or open for a more relaxed style. When worn open, try wearing a top in a contrasting colour underneath - this creates a slimming illusion by creating a window effect, drawing the eye to the portion of torso in the open section.

Julie Player
Julie Player

Julie has over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and is a regular contributor to Woman & Home, Woman’s Weekly and Chat magazines, creating engaging fashion and lifestyle content for women of all ages. She also works in the wardrobe department at ITV, dressing the presenters for Good Morning Britain. Aged 57, Julie loves seeking out the most figure-flattering fashion for every occasion. She’s a qualified sustainable fashion expert with a wealth of knowledge of planet-friendly fashion brands and ways to shop more ethically.

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Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own. She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.

Antonia Kraskowski

Antonia Kraskowski is a freelance fashion editor with over 15 years of experience in the industry. 

Having started her career at Conde Nast working for titles including Easy Living, Glamour and Vogue New Markets, Antonia went on to work in the fast-paced world of newspapers and weekly magazines, becoming Fashion Editor at Express Newspapers and Magazines in 2014, a role she held for five years before going freelance.

Her career has seen Antonia travel the world, shooting in 18 countries and styling campaigns for brands ranging from Ben Sherman and DKNY to Wallis.