Stylist, writer and founder of MenStylePower.com, Louise Edmonds, explains how a classic women’s suit can be adapted to reflect your power style.
The women’s suit is no stranger to an elite group of aristocratic women who in the 1930’s proudly walked into the competitive ranks of men wearing such a powerful statement, and low and behold, pulled it off.
Fast-forward 90 years, fashion has that wonderful habit of reinventing itself. Just when you thought the floral chiffon dresses and the sequin patches by the magnificent designs of Mr Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s new eccentric creative director, were going to take over, the classic minimal and highly attractive women’s suiting by The Aurum Collective moves into the spotlight. Let’s face it, many of us have better things to do than spend hours of our ‘time poor lives’ pouring over images of runway reports.
The women’s classic suit is today’s most wearable trend. Minimal, clean lines that silhouette the curves of one’s body and whispers non-verbal cue of sophistication, elegance and power. Styled back with antique rings on fingers and a stack of bracelets in various metals on your delicate wrists, you may literally walk your successful path of life looking timeless and magnificent.
In a time gone by, Coco Chanel and Mr Yves Saint Laurent were big fans of the women’s suit. Liberating, comfortable and ultra-feminine designs were seasonal favourites with the women who wore them. Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich in her famed Tuxedo in ‘The Sign of the Cross’, caused such a stir in congress in 1931, as at that time there was a law against women who ‘masquerade as men’. Yes, can you believe it?
Today, the fashion critics and governments have a much looser hold on the designs and the artistic expression they have in the form of textile finery. Each season holds different inspirations for collections but none have had such a remarkable lifespan than the sharp suit.
As a trend, women’s suiting is wonderfully paired back with the luxe leather sneaker. Yes our love affair with heels has been a long one, but if your lifestyle requires you to hike across town to get to your office, as did many women in the 80’s, then a pair of chic luxe sneakers is your go to sole-food.
That said, THIS is a look that will cover all the bases if you’re a working mum.
At the office, you need to look professional, responsible, approachable and elegant. The suit is wonderfully versatile by just adding in a different camisole, a brooch, lapel pin or a neckerchief. Add a long reaching necklace AND most importantly, a pair of absolute ‘conversation starter’ luxe trainers.
My favourite example of this trend, is Cara Delevingne in a Navy Blue Burberry-pant-suit and Valentino sneakers. Adding in a flesh coloured camisole to this outfit for discretion, this masculine/feminine masterpiece will certainly turn heads.
As the relentless onward gallop of women’s style shows no signs of slowing down in 2017, we see women gaining the confidence to really showcase their inner power with suiting. They’re exploring new ways of expression and as with the rise of the mumpreneur, we’re seeing elegance and power being respected in the boardrooms.
One of the easiest ways to wear your minimal women’s suiting, and to change up your power style is to introduce a little colour and texture in the accessories and footwear department. This year’s accessories and show collections provide plenty of opportunities for doing just that.
About the Author
Experience within retail trend analysis companies has earned Louise Edmonds cred in the luxury fashion sector. The founder of MenStylePower.com utilises her passion and understanding of fashion to deliver a fresh, edgy take on men and women’s style.
5 March 2017.