Suit Yourself

Caitlan Moneta -

Driven by a return to traditional office spaces, Zoom fatigue and a shift away from the clutch of comfort classics, the style pendulum has swiftly swung to tailoring. Celebrated for its simplicity, few garments can go the same sartorial distance as a suit. 

Boasting the ability to be worn as a full head-to-toe look, or broken into its distinct parts, no business wardrobe is complete without a blazer and pants duo. The sophisticated pairing is an easy answer to what-should-I-wear moments, but at the same time, it is a powerful tool used to show off your style savvy.

With comfort being a key factor this season, Circolo 1901's stretch cotton combination feels fresh and fun, rather than formal. A drawstring detail and micro herringbone print detail really drive the message home. A satin shirt, this one from Zadig & Voltaire, and patent pumps create a look that’s boardroom-ready, while a simple white t-shirt and sneakers are sleek finishing touches for casual Friday.

When it comes to wardrobe mileage, you can’t go wrong with midnight blue. As classic a colour as they come, Hana San’s single-breasted set is shot with the subtlest stripe, a nod to traditional men’s tailoring. The ankle-length trousers also allow you to show off fabulous footwear. This season, reach for a chunky loafer – the flats top every style maven’s wish list.

Speaking of blue, Hana San’s sailor stripe sweater is just the ticket to update your business attire. Toss the lightweight vest over a bright white blouse or atop the slimmest of sweaters. A wide belted trouser, this one also from Hana San, is a fashion-forward pairing for days spent downtown.

Glen plaid is a perennial Fall favourite. Cut in a lovely light grey fabric, Circolo 1901’s double breasted blazer and matching straight-leg pants will remain relevant for years to come. Buy now and wear forever – whatever the weather.

Looking for something tonal and timeless? Opt for a jolt of java. Frame’s flared trousers in espresso and Circolo 1901’s velvet blazer in latte will work effortlessly with your on-repeat staples; slip them on with Xacus’ crisp collared shirt to create a look that’s perfectly polished.

Despite designers’ penchant for spinning the colour wheel, black will always have a place in a work wardrobe. Smythe’s Duchess blazer has reached cult classic status with far-reaching fandom thanks to its flattering cut and endless versatility. Turn it into a suit with Frame’s striped shirt and Cambio’s seamed pants or shrug it over your shoulders as you head to weekend brunch.