Suits on women are having a bit of a moment.
Perhaps we can thank Hilary Clinton and her infamous pantsuits. Perhaps its the current zeitgeist of women really having to push to be treated equally (still, and again) and the feeling of power and strength a suit can give you.
Whatever the reason I’m all in.
As you know, in fashion, trends come in and go out every few few years. Which is why I make such an effort to try and buy clothing and accessories that are stylish rather than fashionable. Pieces that will transcend the seasons and always look good. I’ve spoken before about clearing out a lot of my wardrobe and aiming towards a capsule way of dressing. You can read about that here.
One big change for me over the last seven years is that my clothing for day is not that different from what I’d put on if I was going out in the evening. I think this is the case for many women in their mid thirties. My personal style is so much more practical now. And that’s not a bad thing.
I saw this suit on the Boden Instagram feed months ago, and fell for it hard.
For me this is the new dressing up.
A Power suit instead of a dress. It’s a new way to dress up that isn’t new. In fact it’s very old. As far back as the 1870’s there were women wearing trouser suits, turning heads for dressing controversially; bravo!
I feel amazing wearing it. As glamorous and beautiful as I feel in a dress, but edgier and just way more able to do stuff. I don’t know what that “stuff” is btw, but I feel safer, less vulnerable. More powerful.
One of my favourite photographs of all time is this 1975 shot by Helmut Newton. It is of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking, a tailored women’s tuxedo. Between YSL’s versions of the pantsuit, and Marlene Dietrich’s suits of the 1930s, I grew up loving women looked in suits.
Here’s me in a tux from 2012, heavily influenced by that Helmut Newton shot!
I’m very proud to say that my eight year old daughter took these recent shots of me! This suit is definitely a heirloom piece that I’ve no doubt my girls will be fighting over in the future.
I love the versatility of a two piece. Both the jacket and trousers can be worn individually, and look especially good with denim. Would you, or do you wear a suit? How does it make you feel?
- Emila velvet blazer and velvet trousers both gifted to me by Boden (I’m wearing a 14 Long)
- Beret and scarf, both things I’ve had for ages
- Patterned socks- Happysocks
- Brogues by DrMartens