The power suit is roaring back from the ‘80s with an aura of Working Girl empowerment. Choose a pantsuit in menswear-inspired neutrals or skirt suit in boldly colored patterns and you’ll make a statement right out of the box. Bring elements of street style into the boardroom. Mix textures and fabrics for fun. Add your own feminine touches to customize the look. Whether you suit up in big and boxy blazers or belted jackets, you’ll be on-trend. Keep reading for more tips on styling your power suit this season.
Accessorize to express yourself.
The suit makes a powerful statement at work. Wearing the pantsuit says you’re capable, you’re confident and you’re ready to get down to business. Start with a foundation of business-appropriate pieces, but don’t stop there. Customizing the look will let your personality shine through with the right accessories. Loosen things up by adding in fun statement pieces such as a patterned scarf or wide-brimmed hat or fun shoes.
Black leather pumps and red-frame sunglasses are classy, while a silver clutch and strappy stilettos give a modern twist to an all-black power suit. Select simple heels and stunning gold jewelry for a clean and streamlined style. Select shoes that match the pant color will make legs look as if they go on for miles.
Mix and match for Fall.
Layering a turtleneck under the jacket will keep you cozy during Fall days. Mix the classic pantsuit with jackets or trousers in different textures and heavier fabrics such as leather and cashmere for extra warmth. Try swapping a leather or velvet jacket for the suit blazer. Contrasts will give you visual interest that’s still polished but a little more modern.
A belted suit is a cinch to add a fresh style.
Define your waistline and give yourself more of an hourglass silhouette with a belt. Look for a belted jacket when you’re shopping for a power suit or layer a chunky belt over your blazer. Double up on two of the hottest trends by layering a belt bag over your blazer.
A suit that combines the wildly popular oversized blazer with billowy pants shows you know what’s fresh but could make the body look shapeless. The big blazer erases the waist and the flared leg pant widens the leg. Belting the jacket is a cinch to show off feminine curves and balances the pants’ flared leg.
Go from buttoned up to dressed down.
Dressing down your power pantsuit will take you to date nights and parties where a more casual vibe is needed. Add a top or blouse in bold fun colors for lively style or opt for a plain white tee with sneakers. Take your casual look down another notch by pairing your double-breasted blazer with slim ankle denim jeans.
Or team the blazer with cropped trousers that draw attention to playful shoes. Tuck in your top and leave the jacket open to lengthen and slim the silhouette if you’re wearing a cropped leg trouser. Buttoning a blazer over cropped pants and an untucked top creates a short, stocky look by awkwardly cutting the body.
Cropping isn’t just for pants when you are styling for a feel that’s not so buttoned up. When you’re outside the office, ditch your blouse and try a cropped top.