Whether they’re sharp, oversized, loud, or checked, a pair of expertly tailored trousers teamed with a coordinating blazer are back and bolder than ever. The power suit, which dominated the Spring 2019 runways (see: Marc Jacobs, Celine, Givenchy), has been spotted everywhere in the past couple of years (Hillary Clinton built her entire presidential campaign around hers), appearing on catwalks, red carpets, and in the streets. Just last week, Lady Gaga took to the stage at a Women in Hollywood event wearing a grey, oversized Marc Jacobs suit that oozed female empowerment. Indeed, the power suit has re-emerged during an important cultural shift for women speaking up against sexual harassment and assault in the post-Weinstein era, in addition to the rise of non-gender clothing. A fitting choice then for the popstar-turned-actress, who gave a moving speech on her experiences with mental health, sexual assault, and why she ultimately felt it necessary to wear a suit to the occasion.
Those who wish to put their own spin on the power suit can seek inspiration from the stars, who prove that there are a plethora of ways that you can style the trend. Opt for a head-to-toe white ensemble like the one Gigi Hadid wore on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in New York on Tuesday — don’t forget to accessorize with an equally powerful red lipstick. The brave suit-wearers can forego crisp blouses in favor of a lace camisole à la Emily Ratajkwoski and Bella Hadid, or take a fashion cue from Kendall Jenner and Rihanna and ditch their top altogether, instead wearing their jacket buttoned up. An expertly tied scarf around the neck as demonstrated by HM Queen Rania instantly elevates an outfit, while Dana Hourani‘s glitter-encrusted two-piece will flawlessly transition you from day to night.
In the gallery above, find 20 different ways to suit up.
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