Power dressing is back in a big way. It’s hardly surprising – in 2019, as women continue to fight for equal pay and freedom over their own bodies, a power-shoulder or two does not go amiss. Afterall, with our busy lives, which woman alive doesn’t want to feel comfortable, move around easily and cut an impressive figure in a two-piece suit?
Women have long borrowed from the boys, favouring tailoring for its ease and association with power. While wartime living saw women adopt trousers for the first time in the 1930s and ‘40s Hollywood starlets Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn favoured suits, it wasn’t until the late ‘70s – the introduction of the contraceptive Pill and a growing female workforce – that suits for women really became a norm. Even today, women in suits make headlines, such as actress Zendaya who recently wore the same suit as Michael B. Jordan and went viral for it.
Today women’s suits come in all different styles. For Autumn/Winter 2019 Dolce & Gabbana offered ‘20s style Dandies in classic double-breasted jackets, three-pieces and bowties. Burberry opted for ‘30s style suit-suit sets in tweed and cravats, Givenchy seemed to take inspiration straight from Hepburn, while Alexander McQueen created gothic punk suits in leather, with ruffled skirt accents and chokers.
The high street is awash with suiting options, from sharp-shouldered velvet iterations ideal for party season, to pastel two-pieces perfect for the office. Not sure how to work a suit into your wardrobe? Think of them as you would a dress – style down for the day with a pair of trainers and a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath, or up for night with heels. Feeling daring on date night? Wear with a simple bandeau underneath like Cara Delevingne or opt for a suit dress like Kendall Jenner. The best part: as separates, a suit offers an endless amount of outfit options.
Read on for our selection of the best tailored pieces on the market and prepare to throw some serious power moves.