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.
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, prada.com.
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, victoriabeckham.com.
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.