All this summer boho chic has us yearning for more structured pieces. Think that sexy, iconic white suit Bianca Jagger rocked in the 1970s, or the severe, black, borrowed-from-the-boys styles in the photographs of Helmut Newton. It’s time to give your festival look a break and suit up!

A suit isn’t the easiest style to pull off. You want to look chic and sophisticated, not like you’re heading for a boring boardroom (although there’s nothing wrong with a power suit!). Ideally, your suit is tailored to a tee but not conservatively stiff-looking. Whether you prefer a skinny leg, hipster bell-bottoms or a slouchy trouser, make sure the fit is immaculate; the same counts for the jacket.

Barbara Bui white summer suitPhoto Credit: Barbara Bui

As for color, we think white is a perfect choice, evoking lazy days in the tropics as much as preppy holidays in the Hamptons or luxe lounging on the Cote d’Azur. Crisp white always looks a bit upper crust, maybe because in days of yore it was the go-to summer hue for the super rich.

Black is the other logical choice, a classic that can range from vampy to It girl cool depending on how you accessorize with shoes, hair, makeup and bag. We like to keep things minimalist and a bit severe, perhaps daring to go bare under the blazer or showing a flash of glittery top.

 Barbara Bui does black for Resort 2015 Photo Credit: Barbara Bui

Finally, there’s the option of donning a wild, show-stopping print: an electric pink (see Escada), something punk-y Gwen Stefani would be captured by the paparazzi in, or a shocking neon! Pair these with a bold red lip and big attitude!

Barbara Bui hot pink suit Photo Credit: Barbara Bui

For nighttime, style your suit with towering, pointy stilettos. For daytime, a silver sneaker or other flats, even the comeback kid Birkenstock, can evoke relaxed style savoir faire.

Again, whether you shop from posh designers like The Row, Phillip Lim and Emanuel Ungaro or go for affordable takes from the likes of Topshop, Zara and H&M, proper fit is key. And if you’re shopping from a cheaper retailer, the fabric must not ever look cheap. Pick a cool cotton blend or linen over artificial materials. Ever since we saw Charlize Theron in Barbara Bui at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne this March we’ve been lusting for the brand’s styles, especially those dreamy whites!

 

 

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