Business Attire for Women – The Power Suit Explained.
None of us want to look dull at work, and this season we don’t have to.
*Yawn* Usually I cringe at the thought of wearing another boring suit to the office. But as I spotted here (and then proceeded to dance around the room) this fall/winter things are looking up for we desk-bound worker bees and our tired corporate kit.
Think polished, wearable tailored 9-5 wardrobe essentials, pants in fluid shapes and covetable corporate power suits. Checks and plaids are de rigueur and, in the bid for colour of the season, red came up trumps.
It would be easier to list the brands which didn’t offer a twist on the suit this season than those which did, but it would be remiss of me if I failed to draw your attention to Victoria Beckham and Tibi‘s ridunkulously epic [insert superlatives] pieces.
Clothes to infiltrate the gentleman’s club in
“‘I’ve always been about empowering women and never was there a time when that was more relevant,’ Victoria Beckham said backstage at her AW17 show, while models walked around in her bold shouldered double-breasted jackets and chiffon skirts.”
Her AW17 offering is “work wear that takes elements of the Nineties power suit (the shoulder pads, the double breast, the boxy shape, the wide trouser, the heritage fabrics) and pushes it forward with a more relaxed, fluid silhouette, layered over flowing silk chiffon for contrast.” Elle UK
Tibi – The Working Girl’s Power Suit
Tibi’s AW 17 collection is “chock-full of amazing power suits that every working girl needs to try.”
“Although suits are certainly nothing new — hello, Hillary Clinton— Tibi made them extra cool by adding a few key twists. One pantsuit was rendered in a cool blue velvet material, while another suit nixed the pants in favour of a miniskirt. The jacket silhouette was also the focal point: Broad, ’80s-inspired shoulders gave the suits an on-trend twist.” Who What Wear
Zara’s recent drop also followed suit.
How to rock this season’s versatile Power Suit
The great thing about this trend is its versatility. Wear your shiny new blazer with jeans and a cult slogan t’shirt or switch out the blazer for tailored extra wide-leg, slouchy pants or mini-skirt and retain the tee.
Surrender to the inevitable, ladies: there’s no excuse not to revamp your workwear wardrobe this season with a few tailored blazers and trousers.
Suits me to a tee.
The new corporate attire – tailored pants & blazers
Business attire for casual Fridays and beyond
I intend to fully embrace 2017’s incarnation of the Power Suit both in and out of the office. Do you? Which look do you love?
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Cover photo: Attico – Business attire for women