White trouser suits are this season's chicest look, so versatile

White trouser suits are this season’s chicest look, so versatile… and there’s one for EVERY woman, says leading designer AMANDA WAKELEY

Utterly sexy. Effortlessly chic. When she brought the streets of Saint Tropez to a standstill in 1971 — marrying Mick Jagger in a white YSL tuxedo-style jacket, with plunging decollete and silky slip skirt — Bianca Jagger instantly transformed the way we see white.

No longer the preserve of the virginal, white was suddenly sultry, seductive, strong. And never more so than in a tantalisingly tailored tux.

I have always been a tux type of girl. I love the reassuring sartorial ease that tailoring exudes. For as long as I can remember, it has been my default look for both day and night when I want to feel empowered yet still cool.

As a designer, the key for me has always been to strike that fine line between masculine detailing and beautiful cutting that enhances the female form.

 Cream suit, cami, bracelet and necklace, Amanda Wakeley. Black platforms, Prada (pictured)

The obvious summer spin on this look is to wear it in white and, in doing so, instantly turbocharge yourself into a modern-day Bianca Jagger.

Not that you need the physical attributes of the high priestess of the white trouser suit to achieve a similar effect.

Believe me, a model figure is not a prerequisite. A white trouser suit can flatter women of all shapes, skin tones and sizes.

In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, singer Adele and her TV host both wore white suits and looked resplendent. Adele’s bright white number perfectly highlighted her pale complexion and caramel hair, while Oprah’s ivory ensemble was the consummate counterpoint to her warm tones.

iscose linen suit and bag, both Amanda Wakeley. T-shirt, £90, Rag & Bone ragbone.com. Sneaker, £75, Stan Smith adidas.co.uk 

Few other items of clothing lend such levels of stature. For her meeting earlier this year with the Duchess of Cornwall, whom she played in The Crown, Emerald Fennell also opted for a dazzling white trouser suit with beautiful bell sleeves, an outfit that instantly gave the actress a suitably commanding air.

So don’t be afraid to welcome white into your world. Rather take these images as a starting point for inspiration and allow me to give you some insider advice as to how this shade can make you look fabulous, glamorous and wonderfully confident.

Remember that while wearing white, ivory and cream can be supremely flattering as it throws a lovely light onto your face, the same is not necessarily true of how pale fabrics sit on the body. So pay attention to the fabric, cut and make — especially the leg seams on a pale pant. Wrinkles can sometimes give the appearance of uneven skin tone beneath. No, thank you.

Similarly, what you team your suit with can be transformative. A cami top takes it effortlessly into the evening, whereas a tie neck blouse can make it more business-like, as beautifully illustrated by the Duchess of Cambridge in her Alexander McQueen white suit on her recent tour of Jamaica.

Jacket, necklaces and bag, Amanda Wakeley. Jeans, £230, Donna Ida, donnaida.com. T-shirt, American Vintage. Trainers, £105, The White Company, thewhitecompany.com

And, of course, you can always dress the look right down with a T-shirt and sneakers — one of my favourites.

I have long loved the versatility of a white trouser suit and have personally reached for one for every occasion, from Royal Ascot and the Chelsea Flower Show to Wimbledon and even weddings.

Indeed, the only white look I think is acceptable to wear to a wedding is a white trouser suit, especially if it has contrasting trims or accessories. It’s worth checking, however, that the bride hasn’t planned to wear one herself, as this look is becoming increasingly popular for modern brides who don’t want the full-on fantasy dress.

White tailored separates are also a good option and will quadruple the number of looks you can create.

Remember, a great pair of white jeans can effortlessly extend your white suit look — my summer staple this year will be these white Donna Ida wide-leg jeans worn a size or two too big (just cut the size label out) as white denim tends to be more flattering when worn in an easier fit.

And if you’re not brave enough to go for all-out white just yet, you can always build up to it by draping a white jacket over your shoulders and pairing it with black or navy staples to create a super-chic look.

Be warned, however: not every jacket sits over the shoulders well. A fitted style will generally not sit as comfortably and the last thing you want is for your sophisticated jacket to fall off every five minutes, so make sure the jacket has a slightly more generous cut.

Alternatively, you can start off by limiting white to your lower half and teaming white trousers with a dark blazer for a nautical look.

There are a multitude of white suit options out there on the High Street this spring, so if you are looking for something to lift your spirits, I highly recommend pulling yourself out of that black and navy comfort zone and giving it a go.

There is nothing as timeless and sophisticated. Enjoy your white suit journey.

Our pick of the best on the high street 

Ivory blazer, £299, and trousers, £229, whistles.com

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