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Byline: Eileen Taylor

IF THERE is one thing that makes you look as if you mean business it is a well cut suit, be it a trouser or a skirt suit.

The good news for working women is that suits are big fashion this autumn.

While the dress code in modern offices is easing, most women, if they'll admit it, actually feel more efficient when wearing something as smart as a suit. People take you more seriously if you are wearing a suit and even more so if it happens to be pinstriped.

Not the eighties padded shoulders, double-breasted version, mind you. This year's look is much more streamlined and lean. Jackets can be short, finger-tipped length or mid-hip skimming and trousers tend to be bootleg or straight-cut.

For skirt suits, the look is for collarless jackets, sometimes belted jackets, and skirts no longer than knee-length or mini if you dare. Zipped, bomber type jackets are also very much in evidence for the skirt suit.

Fabrics range from wool and flannel to cord, tweed and bold checks. While the look may be more masculine, when it comes to accessories you can add a feminine touch for less formal wear with daring hats, unusual belts and either boots with chunky or soaring heels.


SUIT YOURSELF: Left - light grey Donegal tweed skirt suit from Hobbs, jacket pounds 145, skirt pounds 59 (stockists - 0207-5865550); right - grey chalkstripe jacket pounds 89 and trousers pounds 45, matching waistcoat pounds 45, all from per una at Marks and Spencer; main picture - cherry herringbone belted jacket pounds 139, cherry fishtail shirt pounds 79 from Country Casuals Petite range; below left - Isabella Rossellini models the suit look in Viyella's black windowpane fabric, jacket pounds 180, skirt pounds 80; bottom left - single-breasted suit jacket pounds 14, skirt pounds 7, blouse pounds 5, all from George at Asda
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2002
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