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Designer Women's Trouser Suits

Designer women's trouser suits found their origin in the garment of choice for men of business and leisure throughout the 20th century and decades before.  The perfectly balanced jacket and trouser combination providing a conduit to express style and status though cut and cloth.  However, this simple and smartest of masculine styles was masterfully adopted by women of the 20th century as they explored gender notions of femininity and androgyny through fashion.  When it comes to wearing vintage women’s trouser suits, there are only two names you need in order to learn nearly everything you need to know: Marlene Dietrich and Yves Saint Laurent.  

When you think of a female tuxedo, surely no image comes more clearly to mind than the direct gaze, curling cigarette smoke and blond coiffure beneath a jauntily cocked top hat of Marlene Dietrich in her 1930 film ‘Morocco.’  Marlene was just one of many women of the time in Europe and America who were playing with masculine styles, foremost amongst them Coco Chanel and Greta Garbo. But as an international Hollywood star, Dietrich adopted not only trousers as leisure wear as in the 1920s, but full wide legged men’s tailored suits both on and off screen.  Though critics accused her of wearing suits merely as a publicity stunt, Dietrich maintained that, for her, a perfect trouser suit offered practicality, comfort and stylish lines which no other garment could.  Since then, her 1930’s style has been held up as the perfect example of the balance between masculine and feminine, with many conceding that, possibly, her female frame carried her tailoring better than many men of the time.

This flowering of designer ladies trouser suits remained a popular style of the 1930s. However, when it reappeared in the 1960s, it was almost as revolutionary as it has been 30 years earlier. Inspired by his artist friend Niki de Saint Phalle, who wore her suits with heels, Yves Saint Laurent launched his iconic ‘Le Smoking’ trouser suit in 1966 with its satin lapels, white ruffle shirt and wide satin cummerbund.  In 1966, to wear Le Smoking as evening attire was to cause a stir.  Women were turned away from restaurants and Yves Saint Laurent accompanied Françoise Hardy to the Opera in Paris were they were met with gasps and hollers.  Its effect has earned it status as a symbol of female emancipation in the mid-20th century and Yves Saint Laurent has included a version of the suit in every collection since.  It also ushered in a new choice for women which was quickly adopted with the sleek and power styling of the 1970s.  Practical, simple and smart, these vintage trouser suits have led the way and have never gone out.  Today beyond office wear you can find designer trouser suits for weddings can be a great choice for bride or guest and an equally chic option for parties of all seasons.  Just as for men, the trouser suit is not a matter of fashion but of style.

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Bellville 1970s Hippy Luxe Pants & Dress Suit

Bellville Sassoon Vintage Hippie Luxe Satin Palazzo Pants & Dress Suit, 1970s

Biba Iconic 1970's tube top gold sequin vintage two piece

Biba highly collectable iconic 1970's disco tube top & gold pants set with gold sequins

Burberry zip detail black vintage trouser suit

Classic piece trouser suit by Burberry with zip detail on arms

Dolce & Gabbana Pinstriped Black Vintage Trouser Suit

Black pinstriped trouser suit with blazer jacket by Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci 1960s silk and velvet floral printed vintage set

Exceptional 1960s set with blouse & matching palazzo trousers by Emilio Pucci

Ferre two piece Red vintage trouser suit

Classic jacket & trouser suit set in cherry red wool by Ferre

Giorgio Armani Oriental White Vintage Trouser Suit

White oriental style trousers suit by Giorgio Armani

Givenchy 1970s Gold Button Navy Blue Vintage Short Legged Jumpsuit Suit

Givenchy Couture suit with a short jacket and short legged jumpsuit

Juliet Dunn 1980s Silky Check White Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage 1980s Juliet Dunn white silky mandarin collar shirt and palazzo pant suit.

Rifat Ozbek 1990s Checked Cotton Plaid Vintage Pant Suit

Rifat Ozbek Vintage Women's Checked Cotton Plaid Pant Suit, 1990s

Roberta di Camerino 1970s Ultrasuede Brown Vintage Trouser Suit

A fabulous Roberta di Camerino suit from the 1970s, consisting of a supercool jacket with matching flared pants.

Ted Lapidus 1970s Wool grey Vintage Trouser Suit

A 1970s vintage flared Ted Lapidus grey tweed trouser pant suit

Vintage 1970s Lurex disco gold trouser suit

Gold lurex 1970s disco style trouser and tunic outfit

Yves Saint Laurent two-piece striped green vintage trouser suit

Unusual 1980s teal green YSL jumper & trousers set

Dolce & Gabbana Three Piece Lace Detail Black Vintage Wool Trouser Suit

Vintage Dolce & Gabbana three piece trouser suit in black wool with a double breasted blazer, pleated trousers and a vest with sequins and lace.

Giorgio Armani Black Label Peach and White Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani Black Label trouser suit comprising of a peach blazer with a matching fringed scarf and a pair of ivory white wide leg trousers.

Giorgio Armani Black Label Grey Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani Black Label trouser suit in grey comprising of a single buttoned blazer and a pair of trousers.

Prada Embellished Sleeveless Tunic and Pants Pink Vintage Trouser Suit Set

Vintage Prada trouser suit set in light pink comprising of an embellished tunic and a pair of white and pink trousers.

Versace Silk Top and Satin Pants Blue Vintage Trouser Set

Vintage Versace trouser set in blue comprising of a silk top and a pair of satin trousers.

Gucci Jersey Wrap Blouse and Flared Pants Black Trouser Suit Set

Vintage Gucci trouser suit set in black comprising of a wrap blouse and flared trousers.

Versace Wool Medusa button 3 Piece ivory vintage Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit set

Versace Ivory Wool 3 Pieces Set Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit

Stella McCartney Grey Shirt & Shorts Trouser Suit

Stella McCartney shirt and shorts trouser suit in striped grey cotton and silk.

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