A New Power Suit for A New Decade
There is a surprisingly controversial space in which power suits tend to live. Early feminists said it was the ultimate challenge to the patriarchy, because who needs femininity? Then there was the argument that femininity can be just as game-changing, so do we really need to dress like men?
While these conversations are full of nuance and worthy of deconstruction on both sides, the new decade is celebrating the suit as an artful expression of the power of choice. What defines our power, defines our power suits. And the power is in choice. Would you wear a power suit to brunch at a friend’s apartment? What if it was made of silk? Would you wear a power suit to a wedding, or to work, or on a first date? What if it featured sharp shoulders, or a cropped legs, or no real shape at all?
The power suits of the past were basically the same in terms of form and function but thanks to 2019, power suits became everyone’s favorite way to dress up. Why? It’s because suddenly we had choices! And in the new decade, the power suit will provide even more options in dramatic colors, shapes, and non-traditional textures, like leather.
Ann Taylor’s Leather Suit
Ann Taylor’s Faux Leather Short Trench Coat and High Waist Ankle Pant in Faux Leather are the perfect pieces for this new power suiting trend. What makes this outfit compelling is the dark olive noir color which is at once bold and yet understated, making it appropriate for the office, après-work, or any time you need a seen-and-be-seen outfit. Not to mention a leather suit bridges that weather gap between late winter and the early spring rains. When it’s wet and cold outside you need a suit that provides warmth and suitability–this look by Ann Taylor definitely does both.
A Touch of the 70s
The Faux Leather Short Trench Coat and High Waist Ankle Pant are in fact, separate pieces from Ann Taylor. However, pairing them together creates an all-leather suit reminiscent of the 70s, an era that was on full display at the Spring/Summer 2020 runways.
Designers like Off-White, Tod’s, Christopher Kane, Givenchy, and Versace showcased all-leather looks in suits, dresses, separates, and even accessories this past fashion month.
Sartorially speaking, Ann Taylor’s Leather Suit is perfectly on-trend for the Spring 2020 transition.
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Photo Credit: Jilene Jackson