Fashion: How to master the Victoria Beckham soft tailoring look

Sleek and slouchy has become VB's signature style, but you can emulate her approach with just a few strategic high street purchases

Fenn Wright Manson Jasmine Top, Harper Jacket and Harper Trousers, all available from

REMEMBER when Victoria Beckham was known for the taut, second-skin dresses she not only sent down the catwalk but wore herself almost non-stop?

Well, times have changed, and now the 43-year-old says 'soft tailoring' is her signature look, for both her designer collections and her personal style.

That means out with the constricting frocks and in with slouchy trousers, silky shirts and mannish blazers. It's a style that catwalk brands do well, but you don't have to pay luxury prices to get the VB look – and there are just three key pieces you need (plus a pair of box-fresh white trainers).

First up, a pair of wide-leg trousers, cut straight rather than flared so they pool satisfyingly around your ankles. Add to that a shirt or blouse that's fluid (not crisp) and top it off with a slightly oversized blazer (pushed up sleeves are optional). Neutrals lend themselves well to tailored pieces but these sleek shapes mean you can experiment with clashing block colours or choose tonal shades of camel, cream or red from head to toe.

Whatever the occasion, here's how to master the relaxed tailoring look – it's as easy as one, two, three...

1. For a busy work day

Fenn Wright Manson Jasmine Top, £79

Harper Jacket, £135

Harper Trousers, £79 (shoes, stylist's own)

2. For dinner with clients

Baukjen Aughton Blazer, £119

J by Jasper Conran Dark Red Pleated Sleeves Top, £35, Debenhams

River Island Red Wide Leg Trousers, £42

3. For a posh cocktail party

River Island White Tie Cuff Blazer, £30

Topshop Crinkle T-shirt by Boutique, £25

V by Very High Waisted Wide Leg Trousers, £30

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