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In Case You Didn’t Know, The Matching Skirt Suit Is Back In Business

There's nothing matronly about these skirt suits. Cher Horowitz and her yellow plaid skirt suit would be so proud.

A couple of months ago, we wrote a piece about the “new” skirt suit and how it was no longer the misshaped garb of disgruntled secretaries and librarians the world over. Instead, it was younger, edgier and far more flattering, evidenced by the Michael Michael Kors military skirt suit we shot in the streets of London’s Covent Garden.

Of course, this isn’t entirely fair to the skirt suits of yesterday. There were bad ones, but there were also good ones. Sex and the City‘s Samantha Jones wore more than a few skirts suits in her day and those screamed femme fatale. (And that’s our second Sex and the City reference this week, if you’re keeping score.) Princess Diana’s plethora of skirt suits in the eighties and nineties, which ranged from pastels to full-on fuchsia and bold checks-on-checks, were proof that chic need not be sacrificed when there was official business to see to. Last but not least, we have Cher Horowitz of Clueless and her legendary yellow plaid skirt suit that we still can’t stop talking about two decades on.

We had an inkling that the skirt suit was slowly on its way back for a while now. Demna Gvasalia served some in his debut collection for Balenciaga last year. Miuccia Prada made a corduroy one for the coming season. Tibi, Maison Margiela and Isabel Marant went for stripes and checks in their renditions. When we came face to face with a floral-print eighties-style skirt suit from Gucci just two weeks ago, we knew it was official: the skirt suit is back in business for real, y’all.

The skirt suits we’ve been seeing mostly end above the knee or show at least a sliver of skin, so all fears of looking matronly are cast aside. That’s not to say that those that end below the knee are matronly by default. Consider skipping the shirt under the blazer. If that’s too much skin, pair the pencil skirt with over-the-knee boots. Not a peek of skin, but the continuous, unbroken silhouette itself is plenty sexy. Alternatively, try a statement shoe that has been embellished to the nines, like the buckled and snake-embellished Mary-Janes that Yoyo styled with the aforementioned Gucci suit.

Will we be seeing more of the skirt suit come fashion week next month? Can’t say for sure, but we’re definitely packing one or two into our luggages.





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