If there is one thing to know about the suit this season, make it this: the right suit will make you feel like a better version of yourself. A more together version. After all, it’s called a power suit for a reason.
And not the overly structured, shoulder-padded version of the 80s. We’re leaning more towards the 90s, where the suits were casually powerful, with an air of nonchalance and knowledge.
Suits have always made a powerful entrance. In 1929 Coco Chanel shocked the public when she was photographed lounging in a sharply tailored tweed suit. Chanel understood the androgynous power of the suit in a time when woman were almost always contained to skirts and dresses. She meant business.
The Second World War called on women to head to the workplace as the men were hard at war. For the first time women were doing hard labour, heading up factories and taking over jobs that had previously been unattainable to them – and they did so, in suits.
Hollywood soon caught on, and Katherine Hepburn transformed the silver screen as an adventurous war reporter who crossed enemy lines while wearing a tailored suit.
Although now acceptable for women to wear, suits remained firmly in the workplace. 80s movies like “Working Girl” and “9-5” cemented its status as the ultimate office ensemble, although this decade had a penchant for suits in bold colours (cobalt blue and scarlet red were firm favourites, often adorned with gold hardware) and with shoulders that often reached ear height. The 90s ushered in an era of ease and saw the likes of Demi Moore and Winona Ryder wearing suits on the red carpet, designed in languid lines by Calvin Klein and DKNY.
Today, the suit of the season crops artfully at the ankle and is paired with a matching, roomy jacket. Flattering on all figures, the modern day suit has been tailored for curves, and the solid colours that are its forefront provide an elongating effect.