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.
Pin Stripes are not just for Al Capone.
The same rule applies here, all white is not just for the Pope
Play with patterns.
Power Suit in rare form. Test out other variations of the “power suit.”
Black doesn’t have to = boring.