The Modern Power Suit

Power suits are trending and my heart couldn’t be any more elated! Menswear has infiltrated the fashion scene for quite some time, but bold shoulders have come and gone. This season, and next, they’re here to stay!

The power suit originated in the 80s to empower women. It was a way to assert our authority and professionalism just like our male counterparts. It was a political fashion statement for the fearless.

Weeks before New York Fashion Week I thought about the 80s power suit and its [potential] comeback. I’ve always loved shoulder pads and was unsure on how to modernize the look. Subsequently, Tom Ford debuted a Spring/Summer 2018 collection with a focus on the power suit and its interpretation. (Psychic or nah?!) He provided much needed inspiration.

I am on the hunt for a bold shouldered, monochromatic suit. Until then, I’ve found that pairing together bold separates is the perfect intermittent solution!

It’s often hard to find perfectly matched colors that don’t come as a set, so I save myself the headache of trying to do so. Instead, I match a solid with a print. This pairing also makes the styling more modern. A printed blazer and solid pant or solid blazer and printed pant will work equally well.

These graphic detail pants definitely make a statement. Adding the cobalt blazer with shoulder pads add the punchy flair indicative to the power suit. This ensemble I’ve created adds personality to the traditional reimagined 80s pant suit without lacking its powerful statement.

Details: Blazer (Thrifted)//Black Shirt (H&M)//Graphic pants (Thrifted)//Cobalt Heels (Just Fab)

  • Edwin Prasetio September 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    So casual and elegant. You look great with the suit. Ready for the dynamic day!!

    • Sydney Nichelle September 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you!

  • Monika September 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    You look awesome! <3

    • Sydney Nichelle September 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks 🙂