THE POWER SUIT REDEFINED
It's 2022, and just like that annoying ex and face masks, the power suit is back! Before flashes of 1980s gigantic shoulders send you scurrying to hide in the recesses of your walk-in closet, no worries, True Fashionistas! It's just the suit, not the football pads beneath, that showed up on spring fashion show runways and now appear on the racks of your fave consignment store, Naples, True Fashionistas.
THE POWER SUIT REDEFINED – IT ALL STARTED WITH THE BLAZER
The blazer is the focal point for today's power suit. As Lauren Eggertsen heralded for Who What Wear this past December, "The 2022 blazer trend is here, and it's truly perfect!" Consider adding accessories like a silk scarf or eye-catching bright jewelry to spice up the look even further. Match said blazer with the right pants or skirt, and the instant professional look will have you standing out from the crowd in a big way.
As we discussed in an earlier blog, the blazer was initially created for use with military and school uniforms. It was also a favorite clothing article for boating clubs, where the term "blazer" was coined by members of Cambridge University's Lady Margaret Boat Club, the college's famous rowing club. Allure shares that actress Sarah Bernhardt is said to be one of the blazer's earliest fans circa the 1870s, turning heads with a custom-made trouser suit that she affectionately called her "boy's clothes." With the turn of the century, fashion icons like Coco Chanel and Katherine Hepburn were fans. In the 1930s, Hollywood diva Marlene Dietrich appeared in a men's suit in the movie Morocco, which also helped kickstart the power suit revolution in women's fashion.
THE POWER SUIT REDEFINED – GOING COLLARLESS
One of the hottest True Fashionista blazer looks is collarless, evidenced by luxury houses like The Attico and Helmut Lang. Should you choose to show off a flashy necklace or two or layer a shirt beneath, a power suit featuring the collarless blazer is so very True Fashionista for 2022.
MM6 Maison Margiela offers their take on "no collar" using a minimalist approach to tailoring by introducing their single-breasted collarless blazer and pants. Highlighted in True Fashionista white on the runways, this blazer is constructed from a soft virgin wool blend and offers a seamless front for a contemporary silhouette.
Vince serves up a simple collarless wool blend blazer for '22 with a single button in front, while Zara's structured "Lapelless" blazer has many buttons and available colors. Pair them with matching bottom pieces and: instant power suit!
Revisiting the blazer's military origins, Italian brand Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini presents a military cut collarless wool version for this season, complete with a tasteful curved hem on the bottom and a chest welt pocket. Create your self-styled power suit with their pouch-pocket tailored trousers, and you may find yourself heading back to the office, you know, just because!
THE POWER SUIT REDEFINED – JUST THE JACKET, MA'AM
The fashion architects at Spanish powerhouse Zara have come up with an innovative power suit presentation to create a blazer that's so long that one can comfortably pull off wearing it as a minidress! Their long inverted blazer offers pronounced shoulders, front welt pockets, and a front closure with a metal hook. Zara suggests wide-leg menswear style pants with leather high-heeled sandals if you choose to rock some matching or complementary bottoms. We like! Find a superb selection thereof right here at True Fashionistas, Florida's largest designer resale and consignment store.
THE POWER SUIT REDEFINED – WHY NOT LEATHER?
Why not a True Fashionista power suit in leather? Since when has head-to-toe leather been a bad thing, anyway? French designer Chloé Harrouche's Loulou Studio thoroughly agrees and has fashioned her Malpelo Blazer accordingly. Made from stunning 100% lamb leather, the Malpelo features a singular front button and side slip pockets, buttoned cuffs, back vent, and (shockingly for 2022) padded (only slightly!) shoulders. One look at this puppy, and you'll instantly forgive her. Pair it with Loulou's Noro pants (a flawless match) and find that perfect pairing of timeless appeal and quality craftsmanship.
Firmly a faux girl? You are totally respected, and we have a power suit for you. Courtesy of Deveaux, former street style photographer Tommy Ton's label, the Freyja faux leather jacket pulls off the True Fashionista blazer look with a boxy safari-inspired cut tailored from buttery vegan leather. Try it layered over a collared shirt with matching Oscilla cropped wide-leg pants.
The power suit V.2022 is ON, and you can shop True Fashionistas, Naples' best consignment store, for in-demand styles and labels, authenticity guaranteed. Got too much stuff? Consider consigning with us as well to update your collection. Shop in-store or 24/7 online.
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