Workwear to Weekend: Clean Lines & Modern Suiting | Witchery

Transitional seasons call for smart layering solutions, lightweight fabrications, clean lines and modern twists on classic tailoring. The Autumn color palette moves towards brighter, lighter, cooler colors for a fresh Spring feel. Contrasting and complimentary shapes are a new way to elevate the simplicity of a work-wear wardrobe into the edgier and more casual weekend wardrobe.

Photography x Anthony Bila

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LOOK 1: Monotone Ease

Breaking up your modern suit into separates gives your wardrobe more versatility. Take the trousers and pair them with an off the shoulder shirt, a low slip on mule and an oversized bag with metallic hardware, for a sophisticated weekend restaurant look.

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Style tip: The look works with the jacket and without for varying degrees of coverage and elegance. The off the shoulder detail under the double-breasted blazer adds an interesting contrasting element.

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LOOK 2: Day to Night Suiting
Keeping your modern suit whole can still be an appropriate look for away from the office. Pair with a monochromatic graphic t-shirt like this one made in collaboration with French illustrator Quibe, for an edgier more relaxed look. To take it into after work drinks, or girls night, add an architectural heel for a little glam.

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Style Tip: Use your hairstyle to play with the high/low detailing elements when wearing a full suit. Loose hair feels more relaxed than an up-do or intricate style. Use your hair and your shoes to dictate the formality of your suit styling.

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LOOK 3: Casual Color Blocking
Solids on solids are an easy way to elevate a simple look from casual to elegant. Add another neutral coloured jacket or blazer to your basic suit trouser, with a t-shirt or blouse underneath finished with a suede mule for comfort, and your look becomes a clean yet comfortable take on the age old colour blocking trend. This look relies on the cape style of the jacket to bring an element of newness to an otherwise easy look.

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Style tip: Choosing a shirt with a long and interesting sleeve detail to go underneath the cape jacket accentuates and highlights the shape of the layers and is a dynamic way to bring contrast into a monochromatic ensemble.