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Can you really wear a trouser suit during the day? Yes, it looks bold, assertive and seductive

Paul Smith SS17
Paul Smith SS17 Credit: REX 

May I state upfront how much I love a trouser suit? Or at least, the idea of them. Doesn’t everyone who grew up with Helmut Lang?

The trouser suit encapsulates all that was great about the 1990s. Before the unrelentingly self-conscious era of selfies, before the pouting, the wall-to-wall plastic surgery, the drag-queen makeup, the claptrap of Fifty Shades, there was Lang. Lang, his trouser suits, and the supermodels who brought them to glorious, glamorous, yet somehow understated life.

Pleated blazer, £175, and trousers, £85, Uterque

Worn with nothing underneath, or a liquid-silk camisole, the trouser suit remains a class act in slinky, assertive, bold seduction. You really don’t need a lace mask or cleavage as deep as the Eurotunnel to get noticed.

The problem with the trouser suit is what happened to it, in the intervening 20 years, during the daytime. Admittedly, I haven’t seen one worn...

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