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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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Chanel Runway White Trouser Suit With Pearl Cabochon Buttons - 2001

Vintage Chanel White Trouser Suit with Pearl Buttons. Size : 38 (Fr) - 10 (UK) / 6 (US)
CHF 1 682.22

Peter Pan 1960s Psychedelic Vintage Pant Suit

Vintage Pink Psychedelic Two Piece Tunic Top & Wide Leg Pant Suit, 1960s
CHF 258.80

Valentino Wool and Silk Black Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Valentino trouser suit in black wool and silk with a blazer and a pair of trousers.
CHF 750.01

Jil Sander New Wool 3 Piece Grey Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage Jil Sander 3 piece trouser suit set in grey comprising of a waistcoat, a pair of tailored trousers and a blazer.
CHF 571.44

Dolce & Gabbana Pinstriped Wool Black Vintage Trouser Suit Set

Vintage Dolce & Gabbana pinstriped wool trouser suit set in black comprising of a blazer and a pair of trousers.
CHF 464.29

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.
CHF 651.80

Giorgio Armani Black Label Wool Blend Light Gray Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani trouser suit in a light grey wool blend comprising of a blazer and a pair of trousers.
CHF 258.93

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.
CHF 312.51

Giorgio Armani Black Label Wide Leg Grey Trouser Suit

Vintage Giorgio Armani Black Label trouser suit set in grey comprising of a pair of wide leg trousers and a blazer.
CHF 214.29

Celine 1990s Green & Black Silk Pant Suit

A 1990s Celine Pure Silk Two Piece Pant Suit
CHF 452.91

Claude Montana 1990s Navy Blue Pinstripe Pant Suit

Claude Montana Women's Vintage Navy Blue Wool Pinstripe 2 Piece Pant Suit, 1990s
CHF 258.80

Versace Navy Blue Wool Blend Trouser Suit

Versace trouser suit in navy blue wool with a single breasted jacket with waist panel
CHF 642.87

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.
CHF 535.72

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

Versace Ivory Wool 3 Pieces Set Blazer Skirt Trousers Suit
CHF 875.02

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.
CHF 1 232.17

Chanel Runway Off White Boucle Trouser Suit

Super stylish vintage Chanel bouclé trouser suit with enamelled gold tone buttons
CHF 1 682.22

Prada 1990s Grey Tinstripe Trouser Suit

Prada 1990s trouser suit in grey pinstripe wool made up of a blazer jacket and a pair of cigarette trousers.
CHF 349.39

Stella McCartney Grey Shirt & Shorts Trouser Suit

Stella McCartney shirt and shorts trouser suit in striped grey cotton and silk.
CHF 419.65

Emilio Pucci 1960s Grey Vintage Palazzo Pants and Blouse Ensemble

A fabulous Emilio Pucci ensemble from the 1960s consisting of wide palazzo pants and a matching blouse.
CHF 601.72

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.
CHF 569.37

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

Givenchy Couture suit with a short jacket and short legged jumpsuit
CHF 1 488.12

Juliet Dunn 1980s Silky Check White Vintage Trouser Suit

Vintage 1980s Juliet Dunn white silky mandarin collar shirt and palazzo pant suit.
CHF 232.92

Biba 1970s Purple & White Polka Dot vintage Trouser Suit

A 1970s vintage wide leg pant suit by Biba
CHF 569.37

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.
CHF 464.29

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