Does anyone miss the power suit? The big-shouldered ensemble to which we once attributed the sartorial strength to make a working woman equal to her male peers is now a bad fashion memory. In recent years, the preferred outfit of Hillary Clinton has become a telltale thing of passé fashion, a duo of jacket and pant (or sometimes, for those who are feeling rebellious, a skirt!) relegated to women in politics. Or they’re fuel for a humorous meme, like Clinton’s rainbow of pantsuits, only on a par with her scrunchies when it comes to semaphores for D.C. dowdiness.
In 2012, The Wall Street Journal declared the power suit D.O.A. The notion that one needs shoulder-pad-assisted wingspan to crack the glass ceiling? Just as dead, because even those of us who work in corporate offices have wardrobe choices. But a suit can still be a cool, confident way to present oneself at work (and the matching pieces make getting dressed all too easy). The silhouettes are plentiful: a sleeveless jacket with drawstring pants exudes a casual confidence. A pink gingham skirt-suit from Altuzarra is actually sexy, as proven by Rihanna, whose tattoo made a peekaboo appearance from the bodice. In softer fabrics and colors and tailored details, the suit is now more feminine and definitely more fashionable. That’s power. And should you want to really pull off a suit with panache? Wear it with sneakers. Working Girl was right all along. Click the slideshow ahead for eight suits to pull your look together now.