Now Introducing *the* Summer Suiting Trend of 2021


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Yep, the suiting trend has yet to let up (nor do we want it to, necessarily). For several seasons now, tailored ensembles have had a stronghold on the trendscape. We've seen the trend evolve from colored suits to relaxed and oversized silhouettes to short suits and event buttoned-up three-piece suits. With each new season, designers continue to innovate within the overall theme and the present moment is no exception. That's right, the newest suiting trend is here and fully happening, so let's dive in.

In the fall 2021 collections, coordinated sets featuring a vest or waistcoat with matching trousers emerged as *the* suiting silhouette notably from designers like Aliette, Etro, and Alejandra Alonso Rojas. But even though the aforementioned collections have yet to actually hit the market, the fashion crowd has already started adopting these vest-and-pants combinations. First Kendall Jenner stepped out in the summer suiting trend and then similar styles proliferated all over our Instagram feeds. 

Ahead, we're charting the suiting trend from the runways to the street and, of course, providing you with the coolest shopping options to get in on it for yourself.

On the runway:


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At Etro, shrunken vests were married to lower-rise trousers to create a hint of bare midriff that's very Y2K-meets-2021.


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Alejandra Alonso Rojas imagined the suiting look in a vibrant reddish-orange hue and billow wide-leg trousers.


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Aliette did away with the preppier connotation and instead took on a punk effect in slick black vinyl.


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Calvin Luo imbued the vest-and-pants combination with an edgier feel à la chain belts and metal detailing.

In the wild:


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Kendall Jenner may not have started the tailored vest trend, but stepping out wearing one as a shirt with loose trousers helped solidify the look as one to know.


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While the suiting ensemble can be achieved with any vest and trousers, it looks so striking when the two are part of a coordinated set.


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Crisp white suiting is even fresher when grounded with a pair of statement heels.


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Fashion people have taken to wearing the look with casual shoes ranging from sneakers to cushy sandals.


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Of course, layering is always a good idea with vests and styling a crisp poplin shirt underneath just feels right. We only expect to see more of this combo as fall approaches.


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Vests and trousers naturally have a menswear-inspired feel to them, so styling them with classic and simple accessories just seems right.


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Proof that I've long been a fan of these suiting separates. Here, I styled them with tinted sunglasses and I fully support you doing the same.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.