If This is The New Skirt Suit, Count Me In

The Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture Collections showing in Paris right now are filled with quite the array of dream-worthy evening gowns. But Chanel, Dior and more also showed some tres chic couture styles that could work for the nine-to-five crowd too.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Forget any ’80s-tinged notions of the ole skirt suit you might have in your head. The two-piece suits that Karl Lagerfeld paraded down Chanel’s haute-couture runway are so amazing, they’re making me long for a suit-required office job (well, almost).

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

Note: Double-breasted jackets are back in a big way but now they’ve got a much more flattering fit. I’d take this whole look by Giambattista Valli, right down to the shoes.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to create a work of art out of a medley of inspiration, combining a pea coat and a double-breasted jacket and adding an off-the-shoulders neckline and a drop waist to give us this impossibly chic skirt suit.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Don’t tell my mom, but if I got to wear this, I’d try my very best to act like a lady. Thank you again, Chanel.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Chanel does the tweed jacket suit. Built-in sweater-tied-round-the-shoulders no extra charge.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Okay, this Chanel look might be a tweed dress with faux buttons up-top, but I’m pretending it’s a suit because I love it that much.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

A black and white Chanel tweed suit, passed down from Grandma, will always be the pinnacle of chic — but this tweed two-piece was designed with today’s woman in mind. Some black floral lace and a modish play on proportions and you’ve got the Chanel tweed suit that I would wear now and save for my daughters later.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Pretty in pink meets the military, add a t-shirt underneath, and you’ve got a Poppy Delevigne-style Chanel suit.

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