Power dressing has always stood for women’s equality in the workplace. But today, this authoritative look has taken on a more borrowed-from-the-boys vibe, where menswear-inspired pieces are mixed with figure-flattering details (far from the ill-fitting separates found in our moms’ 1980s closets). Ready to take this look into 2015? We break down the dos and don’ts below.
Do look to colorblocking.
A small pop of color goes a long way. When worked into the lapel of a jacket, this statement-making touch will give you extra oomph in the conference room.
Do put a belt on it.
Hiding your shape isn’t what this trend is all about. Flaunt your curves no matter the outfit – try a skinny belt over a blazer, or high-waisted trousers nipped in above the hips.
Don’t bring back the shoulder pads.
Strong shoulders are still essential. But this time, look for a suit that naturally showcases the silhouette without any extra padding. The key here? Razor-sharp tailoring and high-quality fabric.
You’re well on your way to smashing that glass ceiling. Our Runway Report: Power Dressing Is Having a Moment Boutique opens Wednesday, November 18th, at 11AM ET.
By Elizabeth Burns, Associate Fashion Editor
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