There's nothing like a bit of power dressing to make you feel like you can take on the world.
I'm a sucker for it, particularly when said power dressing comes in the form of a two piece suit! It's certainly no secret that I adore myself a suit or two, in fact my suit/blazer collection is one of the largest in my wardrobe, which you'll know if you've watched my latest YouTube video.
A suit is my go-to for many occasions but none-other than when I need a confidence boost or a lift. Dressing for meetings or for special fancier occasions often fills me with dread, I'm quite the casual dresser so when a formal dress code comes up I have a mild panic before opting for a suit to give me the power I need to feel confident in a room filled with glamour.
Power dressing is synonymous with the 1980s, an era that created power dressing and allowed women to be whoever they wanted to be. Women of this era took to contrasting looks, with their wide shoulders, their tailoring; preferably with a complete suit. Influenced by television programmes such as "Dynasty" and "Dallas" women opted for power dressing in their droves, bringing costume design into every day styling, something I can take huge inspiration from as I'm often inspired by the costumes of the latest programme I'm watching.
Whilst the 1980's isn't an era I look to all that often for style inspiration, often opting for the sixties and seventies instead, the ladies of the eighties knew what they were doing when it came to suiting, to dressing powerful and expressing themselves through style and for me that is all I need to feel inspired.
Not only does suiting make me feel strong, powerful and confident but it's a somewhat safety blanket within my wardrobe. A go-to, ready-made look for when I don't know what to wear, but also two pieces that look just as fabulous styled separately as they do together.
This suit is new-in to my wardrobe from The Outnet. It's by Sonia Rykiel and encompasses all that eighties power dressing. The darker colour allows it to be worn casually, think with trainers or ankle boots, but also lends itself beautifully to an evening look too with a statement heel situation to dress it up a touch. I simply adore the check print throughout this suit, nailing one of the key AW19 trends whilst also being an absolute classic; a print and a design that you will never tire of and that will last a lifetime. The button work, the double breasted silhouette, the dual back vents and darts of the blazer all work to create the dreamiest of eighties power dressing shapes, and don't even get me started on the subtle flare of the trousers, an absolute dream duo!