A bold expression of female empowerment, Lady Gaga touched on the importance of how we, as women, dress for the outside world and highlighted how critical what we wear is, to how we feel. Or, one might say, vice-versa.
Wearing an oversized Marc Jacobs men’s suit to the ELLE annual ‘Women in Hollywood’ event a few years ago, Lady Gaga stated, “In this suit, I felt like me today.”
From the time of the suffragettes at the turn of the 20th century, through to the 1980s, the suit has played a powerful transformational role as women have asserted themselves in a male-dominated world.
From Chanel through to Yves Saint Laurent, the female suit has been reimagined in multiple shapes and forms and remains a classic choice for the businesswoman. Following the 1990s, however, women have moved beyond trying to emulate men and have embraced their femininity.
With more female CEOs, entrepreneurs and leaders than ever before, women have greater means for self-expression. Determining what they believe to be appropriate for the office, business wear has come a long way since the shoulder-padded suits of the 80s.
So, what does this mean for dressing for female empowerment today, we ask, as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, this March?
First things first, dressing to empower yourself means dressing for YOU! Whatever you wear, the main thing is that it brings out your inner confidence and enables you to shine.
If you’ve got an interview coming up, then the suit is the go-to for corporate positions. But in today’s world where the office hierarchy is no more, and innovation and creativity are the buzz words of the day, a dress with sneakers may well be an appropriate choice for your workplace. Today, anything goes.
With that said we’ve put together three shoppable looks inspired by this season’s trends. From trending checked blazers through to a classic LBD with a twist and faux-leather pants, these outfits exude power and confidence to command the respect you well and truly deserve!
LOOK 1: ON-TREND… WITH A CHECKED BLAZER
Stradivarius flowy blazer in yellow & green checks
MAX MARA Cortona dusky rose stretch-silk top
H&M calf-length skirt
Carvela KOLUMN tan croc print flared heel sandals
Coccinelle Fenice tote bag
Coccinelle message in a bracelet
LOOK 2: BOLD & CHIC… WITH A MODERN TWIST ON THE CLASSIC LBD
Tommy Hilfiger The Monogram print dress in black
Fontana 2.0 Women’s Single-breasted Coat With Embroidery
New Look pale pink suedette strappy pointed court shoe
Cromia leather tote bag
New Look gold circle link earrings
LOOK 3 – HIP & STYLISH… WITH FAUX LEATHER PANTS
SHEIN notch collar roll tab sleeve blazer
The Flower Girls Link Lily boxy shirt
AQUA paperbag-waist faux leather pants
L’Intervalle Ivy Oxford leather oxfords
Riva tassel details front flap cross body bag
AQUA Love Knot stud earrings in 18k gold-plated sterling silver