Power dressing is a fashion style that made its emergence in the mid-70’s. Power dressing enabled women to use fashion to establish authority in male dominated corporate and political environments. This style of dressing gave birth to the iconic 1980’s power suit.
The power suit was classically styled with sharp, rigid cuts and bulky shoulder pads. While boxy suits with shoulder pads have not always stood the test of time, the power suit remains the quintessence of success and confidence.
The most recent take on the power suit brings bright, bold colors and patterns, non-traditional cuts and a wide range of fabrics. I’m here for it all!
Oh of course I had to try my hand at this trend. Rocking a suit with sneakers screams business ‘cazjh’ so I decided to try that. Check out how I rocked the ‘Power Suit’ below.
Lady Sings The Blues
I found this Vince Camuto turquoise banger at my local Community Thrift on sale for half off. I walked out of that store paying $4.50 for the entire suit! After a trip to the local $2.49 dry cleaners, I styled it with silver platform Chucks, a fun print tee from Forever 21, silver jewelry and big curly hair. You can find a similar look here.
Lady In Red
This little red number caught my eye because of the front V-slits in the pant legs and ties at the wrist of the blazer. I’m a big ole sucker for details! Add my beloved Comme Des Garcons x PLAY Chuck Taylor sneaks, a graphic tee, a good ole faithful head wrap, black sunnies, gold jewelry and the look is complete. Get the look here while supplies last.
The Electric Lady (My Baby Sister!)
Finally, I styled my little sister for her recent talent show. She wanted something unique and comfy that complemented her tomboyish style. We found this rainbow pinstriped suit, added a colorful graphic print tee and –you guessed it– a pair of Chuck Taylor sneaks and a dramatic low afro puff. Get the look here.
So how do you feel about power suits? Do you already wear them freely or are you inspired to rock one after reading this blog post? Tell me all about it in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading. See y’all soon!