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.

Power Dressing

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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November 18, 2015

It’s official. Menswear is having a moment… again. Popularized in the past by the likes of Annie Hall and Bianca Jagger, the androgynous look is making a comeback on the Fall 2013 runways. To bring a touch of the tomboy trend to your closet this season, simply scoop up the menswear staples below.


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August 30, 2013

Big, comfy sweaters. Relaxed boyfriend jeans. We thought we had the guys’ easygoing style covered – until now. A little bit masculine and a touch feminine, getting in on the menswear trend starts with shoes this fall. Keep the rest of your outfit on the ladylike side (think lace, polka dots, and bows), then step into a pair of these toughened-up kicks for just the right contrast.

BLG-1622 Borrowed from the boys

With olive-green leather and a sturdy stacked heel, these shoes are far from the ones your grandpa used to wear. Slip into some skinnies and toss on a chunky knit sweater. Or rock them at the office with tights, a pencil skirt, and a fitted sweater.

Fashion icons like Alexa Chung have been rocking these lace-up flats for a while. But this pair takes the trend up a notch with an allover suede upper and a slightly elevated sole. Just throw on a pair of skinny ankle jeans and classic chambray, and go.


Ruffles add a girly twist to otherwise edgy combat boots. Pair these with black opaque tights and a miniskirt come cooler weather. Hello, ideal balance.

Our Borrowed from the Boys: Women’s Oxfords & More Boutique opens Sunday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2013