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Could a skirt suit be the answer to your occasionwear prayers?

Mick and Bianca Jagger on their wedding day. Photo: Getty Images

Who could forget Bianca Jagger’s 1971 wedding to Mick? OK, so I wasn’t born in 1971, but I have pored over black-and-white snaps of the duo many, many times. Bianca and Mick, in France, surrounded by rockstars and their impossibly glamorous wives and girlfriends. Her in a wide-brimmed white hat with a veil attached to it, white pencil skirt and short white jacket. Him in a cream suit, waistcoat, patterned shirt, no tie, massive grin. So stunning and stylish, I could ogle them for hours.

‘It’s not often you see a woman below the age of 60 wearing a skirt suit to a wedding these days”

It’s not often you see a woman below the age of 60 wearing a skirt suit to a wedding these days. Or to work, come to think of it. But still, in a season full of pretty, flowy dresses and pastel-hued trouser suits, I reckon a skirt suit could be answer when it comes to avoiding showing up to a party wearing the same Zara dress as everyone else.

“The 2018 way to wear the skirt suit is with a less-structured jacket (sorry, Princess Diana)”

The 2018 way to wear the skirt suit is with a less-structured jacket (sorry, Princess Diana). A hybrid shirt-cum-jacket-cum-cardigan thing, it’s way softer, as Rosie Assoulin proves below. Skirts, on the other hand, are great either structured or wafty, as long as the matching top or jacket is deconstructed, as seen at Sacai. It loosens the whole thing up, makes it feel fresh. As for skirt length, below the knee looks best, I reckon. And the jacket? Shorter. So, exactly the same as Bianca’s? Correct. Shoes? Go big or go home. Got it.

*Wedding guests wear a red skirt suit as opposed to white. But you TOTALLY knew that…

PS Dear high street, where are your skirt suits?

A skirt suit, you say?

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