The Fashion Memo

Everybody’s Wearing Oversized Tailoring

From left: fashion director Tiffany Reid, creative director Julie Pelipas, and a model with street-star status present the best ways to borrow from the boys this season

From relaxed suiting to weighty watches, pieces that were once the preserve of menswear have been reimagined with a contemporary spin


Tailoring has always held sway as an elevated option. After all, the beauty of sharply cut separates is that they look put together for the 9-5 but, with a speedy switch of accessories and styling (think a red lip and glitzy bag), they can also take you through to evening with minimal effort.

Working it: team a neutral waistcoat or blazer (à la fashion consultant Barbara Martelo, pictured above right) with tailored pants and a white T-shirt for a relaxed take on nine-to-five dressing

Take your cue from the streets and start with staple styles – blazers, vests and wide-legged pants are all low-maintenance, high-rotation pieces that form the backbone of a put-together closet. Those in the know love for classic designs with contemporary details and a considered palette. Its oversized grey blazer, for example, delivers the kind of sleek yet nonchalant mood that feels right for now.

When the sun shines, a tailored vest is the perfect pick; with Annie Hall cool, it has all the polish of a blazer but boasts a summer-ready sleeveless silhouette. Look to the New York-based brand for a relaxed take, and team its ‘Mathilde’ vest in soft, dyed linen with wide-legged pants – we love ‘Cymbaria’ pair, featuring woven stripes and crisp pleats. Also good: cotton poplin shirt is the ideal pinstriped style to bring instant boardroom gravitas.

Add new-season edge with neon sneakers, a chunky two-tone watch, or a dialled-down summer shirt with directional sunglasses

A short-sleeved shirt is also a smart update in warm weather – and one that delivers contemporary cool in spades. This season, Australian-made vacation brand gives workwear a summery spin with this shirt in brown organic silk; wear it with long-line pants in the city offers a luxe pair in a neutral shade), then layer it over a midi slip dress come getaway time.

Accessories are key, too, so opt for timeless pieces with longevity. A classic pair of like iconic horse-bit-adorned iteration, are true investments and make an elegant partner for tailored cuts. For the final flourish, add a chunky watch – you can’t go wrong with long-established Swiss brand . Work a pushed-up cuff, a flash of wrist and the revamped version of its ‘Polo’ sports watch, which is subtly encrusted with