The timeless allure of the three-piece suit
In the age of remote working where the last shackles of formality have been all but thrown off, it may seem like an odd moment to be thinking about suits. But now more than ever is a time to reflect on the pieces that embody our core values, returning to timelessness and craft with the right armour to withstand the uncertainties that lie ahead.
Women’s tailoring has been high on the agenda for several seasons, but the three-piece suit has formed a fundamental part of the Temperley house code from the very start. For Alice, the suit has never lost its lustre – or its power to transform. Both in body and attitude. Femininity entwined with tomboyish silhouettes, it speaks of irreverence and non-conformity; for the women who move in their own way. Adorning free-spirited and iconoclastic figures from Katherine Hepburn to Charlotte Rampling, via the 70’s city swagger of Diane Keaton to the modern minimalism of Janelle Monae. By way of the Temperley woman herself.
Season after season, Alice explores fabrication and cut, often using velvet or jacquards in unexpected colourways. Turning on tradition with shapes that are bolder. Looser in one moment. Cut to shape the next. Every suit has a personality as different as the woman who wears them. Or the one you wish to create. For autumn, soft blush and ivory white find their home on billowing longline jackets, worn loose and open over streamlined legs and cinched waistcoats on bare skin.
Take your cues from Savile Row - styled with a crisp collared button-down and high-shine leather brogue. Or from Alice herself, dressing down her own green velvet Temperley design with Converse or flats. For a chic alternative to a cocktail dress, just add heels for an added sense of power in any room.