Why suits for women are far more exciting than suits for men

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Having just turned 30, I cannot shake the feeling that it’s time to fix up, look sharp. And a trouser suit will be just the way to do it. Not one of those tight polyester versions, you understand, but something which will imbue the Bianca Jagger or Katharine Hepburn levels of polish and sass, to which I now aspire.

Jacket, £345, and trousers, £199, both Sandro

This time last year, the world’s best known pantsuit aficionado (Hillary Clinton) had rendered the tailored two-piece a political statement. Women the world over donned theirs in solidarity - and thus the suit gained a soupçon of wry humour to go with the steely professionalism and insouciant glamour which it has managed to conjure over the years. Suits for women have always been more exciting than those for men.

Jacket, £150, and trousers, £199, both Intropia

Ignore any assumption that they should be confined to the office. A quick glance at the catwalks shows they have far too much wow factor for such limitations; Stella McCartney’s nipped-waist, checked riding jacket and trousers, and Ellery’s sumptuous mustard tuxedo with pearl buttons are some of the best in class.

As with all things very grown-up, I’ve found there are some rules with trouser suits. Slouchy wide-legs are more modern and flattering than skinny cigarette styles. Don’t be afraid of colour either; splashes of red, mint or blush pink would be brilliantly subversive for work but will also make anything you buy now work into spring too.

And what to wear underneath? A fine-knit polo neck, silky blouse which shows off a bit of skin or slouchy t-shirt are all perfect.

Jacket, £155, and trousers, £89, both & Other Stories

Call me fickle (and don’t get me started on mortgages etc.), but in the past I have found buying a trouser suit too much of a commitment - two interdependent items all at once! But I’m determined to find the perfect one. I think Sandro will win out - its prudent versatility and longevity-potential make me wonder why I waited so long. I plan to still be wearing mine when I’m 60.