Power Pantsuits are Back: 5 Modern Ways to Dominate the Trend

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Yes, the women’s power suit had its heyday in the 1980s (ahem, Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl”), but they’re very much having a moment right now. This time around though, they’re being worn with some serious sex appeal thanks to slim cuts, cropped pants, and—in some cases—nothing underneath.

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Want to jump aboard the pantsuit trend? Here, five celebrities who got ’em right in a big way—and tricks for how to pull it off yourself.

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1. Make it with modern with the perfect T-shirt.

Anne Hathaway wowed fashion critics when she showed up on the red carpet in a white tuxedo pantsuit—and the perfect T-shirt underneath. When trying the look yourself, choose a tee in the same shade as your suit for dressier occasions, or—if you’re going casual—try a cool vintage T-shirt. 

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2. It’s all about the fit. 

The perfect power pantsuit is all about the fit. We’re in love with Gwyneth Paltrow in this double-breasted black pantsuit that’s tailored perfectly. She proves that there’s no excuse not to hit up your tailor to get the fit absolutely right.

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3. Make it sexy and don’t wear anything underneath. 

The trend du jour? Wearing a sexy pantsuit with nothing underneath. Case in point: Jennifer Aniston doing exactly that. If you’re too modest for this, wear a nude bodysuit to achieve a similar look.

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4. Wear a power suit to a formal occasion. 

Lorde knocked it out of the park when she wore a Narciso Rodriguez black pantsuit to the Golden Globes this year. Take a cue from the singer and wear your power pantsuit with a crop top and elegant jewelry to a formal event.

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5. Don’t be afraid to go oversized.

Not all pantsuits have to be super-fitted—Solange Knowles wore a pantsuit with an oversized jacket for a slightly cooler, more effortless look.

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