Ever since new poster girl for feminism Emma Watson rocked up at the 2014 Golden Globes wearing trousers under a skirt, the jury has been out on this edgy take on red carpet fashion. It helps that Emma is young, successful, petite and fashion savvy, she rarely makes a mistake and so this look, despite the doubters, was no different. Being British she has fun with her clothes, fun that most of those in Hollywood are simply too busy having armpit botox and vitamin transfusions to have time for. But would others dare to follow in her footsteps? Well, fast forward to the Globes in 2015 and the answer it seems, is a resounding yes.
With the BAFTAs and the Oscars still to go, we have seen the stars of the silver screen throwing caution to the wind and it’s not just the young and hip actresses who are wearing the trousers. First up, was the gorgeous Emma Stone – always one to watch for her sartorial choices – who appeared at the Golden Globes in a strapless jumpsuit by Lanvin. With its large bow at the waist and jewelled corset top, it was chic, feminine and yet because it wasn’t a gown, still slightly risque. Again, it doesn’t hurt to be a stunning twenty-something redhead but this was a look that could be worn by anyone of almost any age and shape, I loved it.
At the Critics’ Choice Awards, Jennifer Aniston went for something so far removed from the rather disappointing black sparkly number she wore to the Golden Globes that it was almost shocking. Her dark red Gucci trouser suit was the perfect shade for her autumnal colouring and while the suit was androgynous, by pairing it with natural free flowing hair and a completely bare decolletage, Jennifer got the balance just right. God only knows what would have happened if her name had actually been announced and she’d jumped up too quickly in her race to the stage.
Julia Roberts has been attending award shows for many years now so she marches to the beat of her own drum style-wise. Being an acclaimed actress in her forties, she has nothing to prove, looks way younger than her years and has the height and figure to carry off almost any style. For the Screen Actors’ Guild awards last week she chose an understated, sophisticated jumpsuit by Givenchy in which she looked utterly comfortable. Now as you know, I have always been an advocate of the ‘all in one’ piece and bar the terrible shoes Julia accessorised with (the foot would have been much better covered to keep the look sleek) this particular jumpsuit is a great example of one that will be done brilliantly by the high street so if you haven’t already, go get yourself one now!
There’s no getting away from the fact that the trouser suit is big news for Spring 2015 although of course it’s nothing new. In 1981 actress Sissy Spacek picked up her Oscar in a black and gold jumpsuit, a daring statement for a nominee, even in this day and age. Michelle Pfeiffer then turned out in a navy Giorgio Armani trouser suit at the 1989 Oscars.
Thankfully, in 2015 the cut is sharp and flattering without being punctuated with the huge shoulder pads or massive fussy buttons of the ’80s. This is a look which will work in the office or equally well on an evening out, with the added bonus of the trousers and jacket being useful as separates too.
My sister in law and I have both already homed in on the fabulous navy tux style suit at H&M (as always ridiculously well priced and decent quality too), luckily neither of us get out much and are rarely together in the same place so we should be safe in that respect.
There aren’t many of us who will choose the bra-less look under a one button jacket either for aesthetic reasons or purely due to lifestyle – I for one can’t sit still for long enough, quite aside from the fact I’d need gaffer tape rather than just tit tape for any semblance of decency. A bandeau or corset top would be an on-trend option for a dressy take, a soft silk blouse (try Thomas Pink) or cashmere knit (a staple at Joseph) would be ideal for daytime.
H&M is a very good place to start for a trouser suit and they have plenty of choice so you can mix and match without breaking the bank. You could go for the navy I mentioned earlier but don’t wear it out with my sister in law Lucy because not only will she not thank me but neither will you as she has ridiculously long skinny legs with which you won’t want to compete. Or alternatively how about this amazing seventies influenced belted number? Far less risk of your boobs falling out of that one.