The power suit is an undoubtedly iconic clothing item. And as with any tried-and-true piece, it’s been reimagined time and time again—rendered in vibrant colors, dynamic prints and textured fabrics. But the latest iteration of the power suit plays with a different element: the item’s silhouette.
Over the last week, both Beyoncé and Olivia Munn have stepped out in eye-catching power suits. Bey’s was houndstooth—a gray base featuring teeny-tiny triangles of brown and black. Her pants subtly flared below the knee, and she topped off her look with bold accessories like a red and yellow striped handbag and kitschy Coco Chanel brooch.
Munn’s power suit, on the other hand, was a crisp white. And she kept her ensemble simple by pairing it with matching white heels.
Though the looks offered a stark contrast to one another, they had one key element in common: They both featured slit sleeves.
I’ve been on the power suit beat for a while now, and slit-sleeve blazers have fully evaded my radar—until now. (When two very different stars with two very different aesthetics tackle the same trend in a single week, you take note.)
Not only do slit sleeves provide an exciting twist on a classic staple, but they also offer a healthy dose of functionality. Blazers—especially fitted ones—can seriously limit your mobility; lift your arms, and you risk disrupting your entire look. Slit sleeves are the power suit equivalent of unbuttoning the cuffs on your button-down or jean jacket: They free your arms to move about as they please.
Though this sartorial choice is both excitingly edgy and delightfully practical, slit-sleeve blazers are in surprisingly short supply. We’ve saved you the perusing and pulled our favorites, below. (And yes, the exact suit Beyoncé wore is included in our roundup.)
BCBGMAXAZRIA Gia slit-sleeve blazer, $198 at Macy’s
Prabal Gurung houndstooth bell-sleeve blazer, $1,895 at Farfetch