Theresa May rewears her lucky Vivienne Westwood suit to deliver key Brexit speech

Theresa May arriving at Lancaster House today
Theresa May arriving at Lancaster House today Credit: Reuters

While most of us might not be able to relate to the pressure of being in charge of navigating one of the trickiest political conundrums our country has faced for decades, we can probably all think of that one outfit which practically pulls itself out of the wardrobe on days when the stakes are high and we feel like we need our clothes to give us an elegant kind of armour.

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For Theresa May, that outfit seems to be the tartan suit which she has turned to in times of need on several occasions since she first bought it in 2013. And it was this very same 'lucky suit' - also owned by Cara Delevingne, who wore it for her 21st birthday party - that the Prime Minister chose to wear today as she delivered a highly-anticipated speech to finally give some detail about her plans for Brexit.

Theresa May in Vivienne Westwood today Credit: PA

Striding to set out her 12-point agenda at Lancaster House, May appeared poised and confident ahead of delivering the words she must have known would have the potential to send currency markets plunging or skyrocketing. 

The lucky suit in question is by Vivienne Westwood, a very British designer who has achieved worldwide fame for her idiosyncratic catwalk shows. They may be very different women - "Do I mind if Theresa May wears my clothes? No, but I certainly don’t admire her for anything. I think she’s awful," Westwood told the Today programme earlier this year of the new PM - but wearing Best of British on the day she declares that she wants to negotiate new trade deals with the entire world is a smart move on May's part.

Theresa May at the Tory conference in 2013, the first time she was seen in her 'lucky'  Vivienne Westwood suit Credit: Rex

And then there's the Black Watch tartan which the £1,190 suit is crafted from. Today's Brexit speech included a promise that the United Kingdom would become more united than ever, so a nod to one of Scotland's most powerful motifs adds an extra layer of meaning. 

While it's nice to think that those diplomatic points might have had some sway over what May chose to wear today, the truth is more likely that this is simply a suit which makes her feel great. And one which has a proven track history of delivering at tricky moments.

Theresa May wearing her 'lucky' suit in 2015 Credit: Rex

Why else would she also have chosen the two-piece for the press conference at which she launched her Tory party leadership bid back in June last year? Or at the 2013 Conservative conference where she made a speech promising to curb down on illegal immigrants? Back then, she even paired the suit with the exact same £215 crystal-studded brogues she also chose today. The high-waisted, wide-legged trousers and nipped-in jacket were also been seen for numerous cabinet meetings during her time as Home Secretary - no doubt moments when a little extra 'lucky suit' confidence wouldn't go amiss. 

May, who is set to appear in US Vogue in the coming months, is know for her love of fashion but she also has a demonstrative savviness about the power of an outfit which you feel good in and know you look good in. Since she's become PM, she has landed on several stylish but fuss-free 'formulas' which are her go-tos for big occasions.

The Amanda Wakeley coat Theresa May chose on the day she entered Downing Street Credit: Rex

Take the navy coat with neon trim by Amanda Wakeley May wore on the day she became PM. It was a sleek and memorable choice for that moment, but also worked for a visit to India in early November. Or the L.K Bennett tweed jacket (taken from the Coco Chanel school of chic cover-up) May turned to for a major summit with Angela Merkel and the state visit by the President of Colombia. All examples of May's love - and need - for 'lucky' looks. 

Judging by today's choice though, the Vivienne Westwood is the luckiest of the lot. 

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