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Power Suits You

By Natasha Chalenko

Power dressing is undeniably associated with the 1980s, when women began wearing tailored suits as a visual demonstration of authority in the male-dominated corporate workplace. 

“She was in a man’s world and she had to look the part,” said Margaret Thatcher’s stylist, Margaret King, summarizing a sartorial strategy of suiting up like men in order to be treated equally by them — a trend that has lasted to this day, with comfortable, menswear-inspired staples now part of mainstream women’s fashion. For the upcoming fall season, designers incorporated a new twist by channeling a woman’s bold, individual spirit with strong lines, sublime fabrics and confidence shining from within.


#ManicMonday  The three-piece suit will inject order and control into anyone’s hectic day. Hit “refresh” on this classic style by introducing a Western twist. Is there a new sheriff in the boardroom? Etro,


#MakeItHappenWednesday  Mid-week blues are not for the power woman. Project military-style determination by focusing on expertly tailored fit combined with luxurious fabric and standout hardware. Chanel, Select Chanel Boutiques, 800-550-0005,


#ThrowbackThursday Feeling nostalgic? Then a double-breasted ‘80s-style blazer is your weapon of choice. Give it modern appeal by working in urban details and streamlined accessories. Gabriela Hearst,


#FridayFunday Casual Fridays are so passé. Make your day fashionably fun with sleek tailoring, daring prints and last but never least: a fearless attitude. Tom Ford,


Power Bag. A power woman knows that a bag should look anything but flashy or try-too-hard. Opt for top handle designs with clean minimalistic lines, easy-access compartments and sophisticated color. Prada Galleria Bag in Fire Engine Red; $2,250,

Power Shoe. Sharp-looking pumps that last all day long? Why, yes, they do exist. 
Look for an almond-toe shape and elegant block heel to support your bold stride. Victoria Beckham Lucie Pump in camel; $765,

Power Beauty. Polished, subtle makeup enhanced by a natural lip color is integral to creating a confident look. No-transfer, long-wear lip tints will last you through a board meeting, lunch or fabulous party. Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in Natural Nude.

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