Esteemed street-style photographer Bill Cunningham called fashion “the armour to survive the reality of everyday life”. I find this to be particularly true with the power suit. Something about wearing a power suit makes you exude confidence and feel it too. 

Designer Joseph Altuzarra once called pantsuits “a symbol of female empowerment and strength”. A well-fitting blazer and matching trousers began to play a major role in feminism of the 70s and 80s, adapting to the shifting gender roles in the workplace.

No matter her profession, a power suit is essential to every women’s wardrobe. Especially when July translates to “back to work!” for many who’ve been #WFH since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

In preparation for going back to the office and life itself, here’s five power suits to help you dress successfully for every occasion. 

For Work: 

Channel your inner Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl.

Le Chateau Notch Collar Blazer and Tapered Leg Pant

Le Chateau Notch Collar Blazer, $118.97 and Tapered Leg Pant, $55.97

For Weddings:

Tired of wearing the same floral dress to every one? Go for a suit instead. You’ll be the most sophisticated guest there.

Zara Buttoned Cropped Blazer and Mini Flare Pants

Zara Buttoned Cropped Blazer, $59.99 and Mini Flare Pants, $19.99

For Nights Out:

Quit the all-black bodycon dress once and for all.

ASOS DESIGN Jersey Sequin Belted Wrap Suit Blazer and Jersey Sequin Slim Suit Pants

ASOS DESIGN Jersey Sequin Belted Wrap Suit Blazer, $74.00 and Jersey Sequin Slim Suit Pants, $49.50

For Sunday Brunch:

Mix it up with bright canary yellow just to indulge in pancakes and mimosas.

Simon Miller Yellow Galen Blazer and Belted Barr Trousers

Simon Miller Yellow Galen Blazer, $815 and Belted Barr Trousers, $595 

For Job Interviews:

Choose clean, simple, and classic, make it your own by accessorizing with items that let your personal style shine through, then land that gig.

Mango Essential Structured Blazer and Belt Suit Trousers

Mango Essential Structured Blazer, $69.99 and Belt Suit Trousers, $59.99

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