POWER PLAYER

U Magazine - - FEATURE - By ME­LANIE BUTCHER

From state­ment-mak­ing jump­suits to sporty mesh, dis­cover this sea­son’s most strik­ing and pow­er­ful style trends.

It’s hard to imag­ine a more im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tor of sta­tus and power than style. #e way we dress re­veals to the world who we are and who we want to be. For fash­ion lovers, get­ting dressed is a daily trans­for­ma­tion, and don­ning an ensem­ble that re%ects one’s per­sonal style can im­bue the wearer with a feel­ing of power and con!dence. “Power dress­ing” has gone through many phases over the years, but most trends of the 20th cen­tury re­volved around in­cor­po­rat­ing tra­di­tion­ally mas­cu­line or gen­der neu­tral el­e­ments into wom­enswear. #e boxy Chanel jack­ets of the 1920s, trim pantsuits of pro­fes­sional women in the 1970s and tow­er­ing shoul­der pads in blaz­ers of the 1980s all aimed to help women feel em­pow­ered in a world dom­i­nated by men. While power dress­ing was sup­posed to help women blend in, dress­ing pow­er­fully makes them stand out – whether swathed in a silk gown or out!tted in a tai­lored suit. #is sea­son’s state­ment-mak­ing trends run the gamut from util­i­tar­ian mil­i­tary col­ors to dra­matic ki­monoin­spired pieces, so don’t be afraid to !nd a look that is com­mand­ing, inspired and com­pletely you.

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