Power Suit: Why They Work
If you want to get into the secretarial industry. Part of your job is to look presentable. Women have come a long way with fashion. The power suit was to help women look more masculine therefore more powerful. Giorgio Armani made the power suit famous. He recently said that women no longer need to wear powerful-looking clothes.
A power suit makes a powerful woman
Margaret Thatcher is possibly the first, and last, example anyone needs of a woman who embodied a power suit completely. She wasn’t called the Iron Lady for nothing. Thatcher was a turning point for women’s fashion. By wearing power suits, it gave people an impression that she was powerful and meant business. Theresa May constantly wears power suits as well as Hilary Clinton.
Coco Chanel is credited with creating the first female power suit. Granted, it didn’t include trousers or bow ties. It opened doors for women who didn’t likely think they’d ever be able to open them.
Why they work
Stylist magazine recently did an article on power suits. Everyone in the office had to wear one and express their feelings. Stylist editor Susan Riley noted, “The office had a sense of occasion. Meetings suddenly felt way more official. Like we were there to get down to business and not waste time.”
They also felt that it put them into ‘work mode’. They also felt more authoritative in everything they were doing. The power suit also helps with posture. A well-designed suit defines your waist. Pulling you in and presents your legs as long, active columns.
Out of Trend
The trend is fading as women are deciding we can wear what we want. Many of us are finally writing our own scripts, and deciding, for ourselves, what’s appropriate and what demands respect. But the power suit will never truly fade as it is such an iconic trend.
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