It’s Official: There’s No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

Lindsey Lanquist
It’s Official: There’s No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit
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I’m of the mind that everyone should construct a wardrobe that meets their needs, fulfills their desires and exceeds their wildest sartorial fantasies. But I’m also of the mind that every single person should own at least one power suit. Because no matter how casual, or active, or grungy your day-to-day is, everyone needs at least one outfit that makes them feel like the badass ruler of the universe they are. And I’ve found that sense of empowerment is often most easily accomplished with a little help from a jacket with a lapel and a killer pair of trousers.

You might not be a suit person. Or a blazer person. Or even a pants person. Maybe the thought of wearing anything remotely professional gives you the heebie-jeebies—and honestly, anyone who’s ever spent a day in a mobility-restricting pencil skirt can probably understand why. But not all power suits are the same. In fact, now that power suits are a bona fide 2019 fashion trend, the power suit selection at your favorite retailers is vast and diverse. Textiles are available in vibrant colors, muted shades, bold prints and subtle patterns. Trousers come cropped, tailored, flowy or boxy. Blazers are available in every shape, size, length and fit imaginable. There exists a power suit that meets your needs, fulfills your desires and exceeds your wildest sartorial fantasies—I assure you.

And even more diverse than the selection of power suits currently on the market? The potential for styling them. The street style sphere is loaded with power suit outfits that run the gamut of the trend. Some are bold, others subtle. Some offer contemporary takes on the power suit trend, others stick to the power suit movement in its most classic sense. There are power suits paired with tees, bras, button-downs, turtlenecks—and everything in between. The 2019 power suit trend is just waiting to be tapped into, so stock up on suits and on power suit outfit inspo; you’ll need both in equal measure.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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All-yellow-everything is always a good idea. Especially if that yellow is rendered in power suit form.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Give Clueless’ Cher a run for her money in a head-to-toe plaid pantsuit.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Who said your power suit can’t be comfy AF?

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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When in doubt, cinch your blazer’s waist with a seriously statement-making belt.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Take your commitment to power suits to new heights by going full professional—tie, loafers and matching briefcase-inspired bag, included.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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I’m not sure if there’s a best thing to wear with power suits, but turtlenecks might just be the thing.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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A subtle suit is just an excuse to go big on accessories.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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An animal print power suit sounds like it’d make for a hot mess—especially when paired with millennial pink and bright red accessories. But keep the print subdued enough, throw it over a vintage tee and add a bandana, and you might just be in business.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Because power suits don’t have to take the shape of structured blazers and tailored trousers.

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When your striped suit is this colorful, you can pair it with just about anything and turn heads.

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Highwaters are just an excuse to flaunt your favorite footwear.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Proof that you don’t have to skimp on accessories just to keep your power suit the focal point of your ensemble. (It can handle itself, thank you.)

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Because layering a long-sleeve tee under a short-sleeve blazer is definitely the move when it’s cold out.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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The ultimate luxe loungewear look.

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Pink power suits and vibrant retro tees combine to create a seriously playful—but simultaneously professional—match made in heaven.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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If the winters are warm where you are, take full advantage.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Denim power suits are totally on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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A printed power suit is the secret to turning heads wherever you go.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Oversized blazers are a great (and generally easy) way to play with silhouette.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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A vibrant power suit is only made better when paired with an even brighter top.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Who said simple and edgy were mutually exclusive?

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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If there were a dating app for power suits, I’d swipe right on this boxy option—hard.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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During the winter, power suits really just offer you an excuse to have fun with layers.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Because sneakers and power suits are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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It’s pretty hard to mess up a classic pinstripe two-piece.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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A gray tailored suit is pretty much always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Yes, textured power suits exist—and they’re begging to be paired with some seriously fun pieces.

STYLECASTER | It's Official: There's No Wrong Way to Wear a Power Suit

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Striped power suits can be challenging to style. But pairing them (or anything) with your go-to black shoes and favorite tee makes it pretty near-impossible to go wrong.

 

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