Women’s Tailoring: Your Autumn Winter 16 Update

Jigsaw’s tailoring offer has always been part of its rich heritage. Today, we continue to work with the best Italian tailoring mills to create the most beautiful and versatile suits for a modern wardrobe.

We select Italian cloths made from the best quality wool from the Biella region, where the most prestigious of tailoring mills are located. And, having one of the only in-house pattern teams left on the UK high street, we have the luxury of creating all of our patterns at head office, perfecting the fit and every detail of the garment. Nothing is overlooked and we take inspiration from traditional sartorial details found on Saville Row suiting.

Whether you prefer to wear a two-piece suit or match items to the rest of your wardrobe, here is what you should be investing in for Autumn Winter 16…


A key suit for the season, this trouser suit is available in three shades: Pale Grey, Winter Plum and a classic Navy.  Cut from premium, lightweight Italian wool flannel with a luxuriously soft handle, it drapes beautifully and is suitable for all year round.


The Trouser
The 1% stretch creates a slim silhouette, whilst a turn-up finish on the ankle gives the ultimate contemporary look. For a more fashion-forward look we have also cut this season’s must-have cropped trouser in the navy flannel.

The Jacket
“The expertise of our pattern room and factories allow us to use traditional methods of construction where the jacket is not fully fused for a softer, tailored look,” says senior buyer Louise Petranca.  “We use a lighter shoulder pad with an open seam construction to create a more feminine shoulder.”
Further contemporary and sartorial features include a sleek collar revere, Melton under collar, and contrast AMF stitching, making this jacket stand out as a beautiful piece of tailoring.

How to wear it
Whilst created as a two-piece suit, women prefer a more flexible wardrobe. So, all our tailored pieces have been designed with this in mind. You can invest in the full piece suit for an important meeting, or team the jacket with a great pair of jeans and a silk blouse for a dressed-down look.
There is also a matching tailored dress (coming soon) which can be worn under the jacket and a wrap waistcoat style top in the same navy flannel (seen above right). We recommend pairing the flannel top with the trousers and layering up with our slim, silk cotton polo for cooler months.



“We fell in love with this super 120s, Vitale Barberis fabric when we visited a cloth fair in Milan last year” says Louise. “We knew instantly that it would be a great twist on a classic Prince of Wales suit.”

Traditionally more of a menswear fabric, the Prince of Wales Double Breasted Jacket and Trouser suit is our stylish go-to this season whilst the Winter Plum undertones help to soften the checks for a more feminine look.  The trouser is our classic slim fitting London silhouette, whilst the jacket has been updated into a more fashion-forward double breasted style with a peaked lapel.

How to wear it
Like our London suit, the Prince of Wales suit is extremely versatile. Wear the full piece suit with a shirt for an office meeting or a more relaxed T-shirt for a casual look. Or, follow Louise’s advice: “I’ll be wearing my jacket with an ivory silk satin blouse and a high-waisted pair of jeans.”

Shop new tailoring here.

By Kate Goudsmit

Author: Jigsaw

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