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Women In Suits: The Oversized Outerwear Trend That's Here To Stay

It's never too late to invest in a suit – let alone an oversized, slouchy number. From Gucci to Dries Van Noten, we've rounded up 5 of our favourite looks from the fall 2019 runways

In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent made fashion history when he introduced the world to Le Smoking, a suit for women that rewrote the rules of what feminine dress codes should look like. However, it wasn’t until 1975, when Helmut Newton photographed the suit on an androgynous-looking model in a dark Parisian alleyway that the Le Smoking came onto its own as a fashion icon.

Since then, designers have put their own spin on the suit, often utilising it as a symbol of feminine power and sex appeal. For the upcoming fall/winter 2019 season, designers have upsized its rakish allure by cutting it loose and introducing a louche attitude to this boardroom staple. To give you more reasons to suit up, we have rounded up five of our favourite slouchy and oversized two-piece wonders that appeared on the fall 2019 runways.

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Dries Van Noten
Tailoring is key when it comes to the slouchy suit: You’ll want one that has been specially constructed to achieve the illusion of a relaxed fit. Dries van Noten’s double-breasted pinstriped version accomplishes that—and then some. Not only is the execution simply sublime, the belted detail and cinched waist immediately brings the suit to fashion-forward ground Gucci
One of the season’s best use of accessories came from Alessandro Michele, who doubled down on the punk vibes with heavy-duty spikes for the risk-taker who lives life on the edge. Valentino
In the hands of the talented Pierpaolo Piccioli, the formality of the suit gets injected with a sophisticated dose of elegance, thanks to an exquisite bow detail that trails in the wind like a dream. Marni
The ’80s was an important decade for women because it was an era of female empowerment in the corporate world and perhaps the most pivotal to the popularity of the power suit. Over the years, the power suit has evolved to mirror the change of time and societal attitudes. This compelling skirt-suit combo from Marni is prime example of that. Tailored from a classic check pattern but cut to reflect a modern attitude, the suit walks the fine line between traditional and contemporary. Alexander Wang
Want to get more mileage out of the suit? Then follow the lead of Wang, who mixed pieces with an urban edge for an ultra-cool take on off-duty style