“Power dressing” was a term used to identify the emergence of business suits for women in the late 1970s/early 1980s, but it tells a more interesting story than just larger-than-life shoulder pads and bold colors. Women were entering the work force more than ever and power suits were designed to fit that demand. The suit, and more importantly the women in them, were making the announcement that women deserved to be in the corporate sphere, and were equal (or maybe better than) to their male counterparts.
We recently have seen a comeback in the 80s trend, right alongside an emphasis on the importance of women’s rights and presence in the public sphere. A coincidence? We think not. So for the fall, why not show off how much of a boss babe you are in this revived statement piece! We show you five ways you can wear power suits to look, feel, and be the ultimate modern-day woman.
1) The Classic Look.
There is no better way to execute a trend than going all the way. If you want to go for the traditional look, opt for a suit in solid neutral colors like gray, white, or black (houndstooth and stripe prints works wonders too). Power suits of the 80s are known for their sharp cuts, padded shoulders, and knee length skirts. Adding simple accessories like a beret, belt, brooches, kitten heels, and wearing a roll-neck sweater also play up the 80s style.
2) Wide Leg.
When wearing a suit, you don’t have to go for the tailored straight-fit pants. Get in tune with your 70s self and go for wide leg trousers for a more fun look. Dress up entire outfit and elongate your legs with stilettos and you are ready to take on the world.
3) Bold Colors.
Go Bold or go home. To really stand out from the crowd, why not wear a bold color? For real intensity, pair your colored suit with a matching color top and accessories. To tone it down, pair with a graphic tee or neutral colored blouse.
4) Three Piece Suit.
Anything a man can do, you can do better. This look has usually been reserved for the very pristine, very stylish man, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make it yours. Complete a three-piece suit with stilettos, matching waistcoat, and oversized bag to win over your next business meeting.
5) With Sneakers.
Any outfit that can pair well with sneakers, is a winner in my book. If heels are not your thing, this is the perfect way to get into the style and still being comfortable. Dress the power suit down, while still commanding the same amount of power with sneakers. Opt for a pair of Air Max against stripes or colors for an edgier look. If you want the outfit to be a lot simpler, classic white sneakers like Chuck Taylor’s work or slip-ons like Vans create a new age classic American look.