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How to successfully wear a belted blazer at any age


by Marie Kelly
09th Nov 2018
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Tailoring still has a masculine cut, but boyish trouser suits are belted this season for an unapologetically feminine silhouette. Wide or skinny, knotted or buckled, choose a belt that creates a stark contrast with your blazer for a really individual look. Take the opportunity, too, to add texture to your workwear with a suede, patent or (subtly) embellished belt.

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Expert Advice:  Michelle Curtin, personal shopper at Brown Thomas

Michelle Curtin, personal shopper at Brown Thomas

1. If you are thinking of embracing a suit for winter, try Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Hugo Boss, Theory, Victoria Victoria Beckham, or Sandro. If your work style is more relaxed, I would look to Ganni, Rixo, Isabel Marant and The Kooples.

2. Rich tones of caramel and toffee are a great alternative to winter’s perennial favourite – black. If you want to wear tan but fear being washed out, I’d recommend that old trick of adding colour close to your face with a beautiful scarf in a complementary shade.

3. Animal print is a huge trend this season and is the perfect injection of pattern to an otherwise neutral palette. A pop of pattern from a killer heel or clutch bag is also a good way to break up neutrals.

4. An impeccably tailored blazer that complements your shape is a must for every working woman. My favourite this season is Balmain.

5. A beautiful leather bag can pull together any look. Go crossbody and try Tom Ford’s Jennifer bag or the Saint Laurent Loulou.

Suede belt with studs and rhinestones, €115 at Maje, rhinestone waist belt, €39 at & Other Stories, rattan and faux leather belt, Cult Gaia, €155 at net-a-porter.com, leopard print double ring belt, €17 at River Island, studded leather belt, €29 at Warehouse

Suede belt with studs and rhinestones, €115 at Maje, rhinestone waist belt, €39 at & Other Stories, rattan and faux leather belt, Cult Gaia, €155 at net-a-porter.com, leopard print double ring belt, €17 at River Island, studded leather belt, €29 at Warehouse

This article originally appeared in the October issue of IMAGE Magazine.