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Suits for Closers


These days women are rapidly climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder, one expensive heel at a time. The cross-pollination of menswear and womenswear has always been unique.  Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw opted for a feminine take on a men’s tie and vest co-ord. While Diane Keaton goes all out in a full blown suit.”Cute” looks- but not looks that necessarily say “this suit is for closers.”

So where’s the middle ground for women’s suiting? How can you execute the right combination of Grace Jones and Bianca Jagger without becoming a walking shoulder pad? Your familiar with the phrase “Go big or go home” in this case “Go big and stay home” avoid the stereotypical linebacker silhouette claimed by traditional machismo power suits. Aim for flattering, tailored pieces that are comfortable and transitional.

The Wall Street Journal doles out this bit of advice, “Like any suit, these unmistakably telegraph power but do so through personality, not conventionality.” Choose expressive pieces that convey your personality and your determination. Though women have a broad selection of patterned brocades, flare trousers and wild color palettes, that doesn’t mean that will suit (no pun intended) everyone. That in mind, note that a one color suit is not a bad thing, but there are ways to ensure you steer clear of boredom. Below are quick tips and some of my favorite power suit pieces.

Quick Tips:

  1. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Especially not during the holiday’s, ’tis the season for luxurious velvet and tasteful sequins!
Elizabeth Olsen wearing a Velvet Suit

Pin Stripes are not just for Al Capone.

Amal Clooney in Pin Stripes

The same rule applies here, all white is not just for the Pope

Michelle Pfeiffer wears all white for Scarface

Play with patterns.

Annie Bing Leopard Suit
  1. Go for funky hemlines. Flares and slits can elongate the leg and make you appear taller and leaner.

Power Suit in rare form. Test out other variations of the “power suit.”

Blake Lively in a Suit Dress

Black doesn’t have to = boring.

Olivia Palermo in an All Black Suit
  1. Try out different fabrics, after all… you’re in charge!


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