Out of the darkness and into the light, fresh spring suiting makes a convincing case for a polished approach to the new season.

Built in 1862, Highwic House highlights classic American Carpenter Gothic architecture, with extensive Victorian-themed grounds, high hedges and a meandering "Lovers' Walk".

Garden estate

A neatly tailored suit with stripes adds plenty of interest for any event.
A neatly tailored suit with stripes adds plenty of interest for any event.

A neatly tailored suit with stripes adds plenty of interest for any event, the addition of a fresh floral accent adding a romantic mood. Harman Grubisa jacket $699 and pants $419. Ingrid Starnes blouse $399. Prada heels $1320.

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Portrait of a lady

A standout jacket with intricate embroidery makes a bold statement when teamed with sleek dinner pants. Gucci jacket (POA). Paula Ryan dress pants $310. Leather gloves, $249, from Kept.

To the manor born

Corporate vintage 80s blazers get an update with the addition of a slick belt and plenty of attitude. Vintage Giorgio Armani blazer, $450, from The Mercantile Store. R.M Williams belt $155. Wynn Hamlyn pants $299.

New frontier

Day dressing with a nod to yesteryear - a smart linen jacket worn over a retro-inspired print dress is a discreet and elegant way to turn heads. Ingrid Starnes linen jacket $519. Lonely dress $275. Gucci heels POA. Beaded wrist bag, $130, from The Mercantile Store.

Sharp shooter

A sharp-collared retro-inspired shirt works well under a tidy blazer; just add classic aviator frames for an irreverent touch. Paris Georgia Basics Jacket $570. Prada shirt $1855. Kate Sylvester glasses $349.

Waiting for the sun

Earth tones seep into spring with a lightweight, fully tailored trench the perfect coat for a crisp spring day. Kate Sylvester trench coat $799. Levante tights, $25, from Smith & Caughey's. Gucci satin-embellished boots POA. Meadowlark hoop earrings from $2299 a pair.

The Height Of Elegance

Here's to the ladies who lunch. A prim skirt suit, offset by a languid silk blouse, is the perfect pairing for spring. Gucci jacket and skirt, POA. Kate Sylvester blouse $349.

Photographer: James Lowe
Fashion editor: Dan Ahwa
Model: Lily Johnstone from Unique Model Management
Hair: Benjamin James from Ryder Salon
Makeup: Katie Melody Rogers using M.A.C Cosmetics
Photographer's assistant: Frances Carter
Fashion assistant: Tau Subritzky
Makeup assistant: Amy Hart
Special thanks to Cheryl Laurie from Highwic House.