It looked like the pandemic was about to put the final nail in the coffin of the skirt suit, as casual outfits took hold across cultures and walks of life. But to the surprise of many, it looks set to become the biggest fashion trend of 2022. The reason: Generations Y and Z have taken an interest in it.
The skirt suit, long considered a classic of the women’s wardrobe, is no longer considered essential by the younger generations. A trend that has persisted for several decades. But that changed in 2022. Despite its associations with harsh tailoring and sophistication that don’t live up to the current zeitgeist, the iconic ensemble has been embraced by young influencers and influential stars.
Will 2022 be the year of the skirt suit?
Skirt suits are surprisingly returning to the top of the fashion scene after two very influential generations, namely Z and Y, turned to them. Of course, this has not escaped the attention of the great designers. Many have placed the skirt suit at the heart of their spring-summer 2022 collections, reinterpreting it in more modern versions.
While tweed remains a staple in this regard, the skirt seems to have lost a few inches since its heyday. The jackets are either ultra-short, fitted, oversized, asymmetrical or sporty. Everything is embellished with accessories, including wide belts, necklaces and embroidered flowers, and of course in bright colors that correspond to the trends of the season.
The rock suit is making a comeback among stars and fashion influencers
Among the most influential personalities on social networks, Dua Lipa, Camila Mendes, Emma Chamberlain and Hailey Bieber are among the celebrities of generation Z who interpret skirt suits in their own way, combining elegance and modernity with an associated sexy touch.
But make no mistake: the rock suit was hugely popular with the 20s and even the youngest, even in its most iconic version – tweed.
Selena Gomez showed up to an event in a pale pink skirt with a “micro-mini” length and side slits. Gomez paired it with a matching, slightly fitted pink tweed jacket that exuded a vintage chic Chanel-inspired look.
18-year-old singer Olivia Rodrigo caused a stir during her visit to the White House in July 2021. At the invitation of Joe Biden, the pop star appeared in a tweed skirt suit, and her choice did not pass unnoticed. This appearance helped to restore the reputation of skirt suits, considered firmly rooted in the past. Millennials, like Chiara Ferragni, one of the most influential people in the world, are buying them in droves.
Where to wear the modern version of the skirt suit?
While the skirt suit has always been more appropriate for afternoon tea or fundraising committee meetings, the Spring 2022 version can be worn anywhere from a night out to weekend brunch. end. For a more modern style, you can wear bras and crop tops with the skirt suit, a look that makes the mini skirt suit perfect from day to night.
During the day or for Saturday brunch with friends, you can wear a skirt suit in a less formal fabric like leather paired with a casual shoe, trainer or flat boot.
The story of the skirt suit began with Coco Chanel
Karl Lagerfeld once said: “Chanel left us more than fashion: she left us her style. And, as she said herself, it never gets old.” This is particularly evident in her skirt suits, for which the designer became known. Coco Chanel was 70 when she emerged from her retired in 1953 and designed skirt suits for the first time. This was particularly revolutionary at a time when women’s dresses were often constricted at the waist and featured large bell-shaped skirts. The woven fabric of skirt suits de Coco appealed primarily to the American market, where women sought the sense of power that these costumes conveyed.Throughout the history of the Chanel brand, many famous women have dressed in the brand such as Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and of course Anna Wintour.
When Karl Lagerfeld took over as chief designer at Chanel, he breathed new life into the brand. His success was mainly due to the way he combined iconic Chanel elements with his own innovative ideas and introduced more modern elements into the designs. The 1980s was, among other things, the era of strong suits, and Lagerfeld was at the forefront in this regard. Her jackets have broad shoulders but keep the waistline narrow, which means her jackets retain the sense of femininity that Chanel is famous for.
In 1995, Karl Lagerfeld designed the so-called “micro” suits, ie they were much smaller than in previous years, the jackets were fitted and the shoulders were narrower. Like all Chanel pieces, the jacket is lined in silk, with beautiful French seams and an interior gold chain that adds weight to the hem.
Now skirt suits are back, with a bang and a modern twist.