|Men’s Suits will trend toward a fitted, masculine look. Suits that achieve this look generally have three attributes: broad shoulders (the shoulder pad can extend slightly over the top of the arms), a fitted waist, and slim trousers. The jacket may also be slightly shorter. Think of trim, military styling and the opposite of the boxy look, this is the look that will appear most current for 2011. Jacket lapels can be notch or peak, with peak appealing to the more daring, and fabrics are wool in classic solid, pinstripe or a subtle plaid. Double-breasted suits also make an appearance but not in the boxy style of the past several years, they too are fitted and body conscious.
Color is coming on strong; be on the lookout for all shades of pink (from pale to fuchsia), orange, yellow (from butter to chartreuse and deep mustard), blue (sky to navy), coppery earth tones, and white (yes, from head to toe). These colors mix nicely with each other: look for combinations of yellow and white; copper and magenta or burgundy; orange and blue; pink and white. Red, white and blue also looks to be a popular mix, and fits in with the revival of 70’s styles, including the maxi skirt.
Ladies, say goodbye to your skinny pants and jeans and hello to the high-waisted flare leg look. This style is flattering to most, although the more petite will need to wear a modified flare leg so as not to be overpowered. The style matches well with chunky heels, and the platform shoes that threaten to return, another revival from the 70’s. The good news is that dressing for work is simplified, with the proliferation of longer dresses, pencil skirts and high-waisted pants.