Throwback Fashion: Power Dressing for the Office today

Throwback Fashion: Power Dressing for the Office today

Back in the 1980’s some questionable trends reigned supreme; big hair, neon shirts and lycra (need we say more). Notably the decade put its stamp on fashion history, creating a commodity era of throwback fashion which would always be remembered, whether its fashion followers liked it or not.

One success story of the eighties was the Power Suit, empowering women across the world and reasserting authority in the workplace whilst at it. Not only the uniform for the self-preserving independent women, Power Dressing changed the face of fashion, allowing masculine silhouettes to move forward and embracing a more androgynous approach.

In the recurring wheel of fashion Power Dressing has staked a claim in modern attire, showing true in the current SS16 collections for esteemed brands across Europe. We’ve taken a look and pulled out our favourite pieces to successfully achieve the look, ensuring you nail that pitch, bag that promotion and outplay your male adversaries.

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Printed Suit Jacket £39 | Printed Suit Trouser £29 | High Neck Lace yoke top £20 | Credit

The satorial male staple is turned on its head with this striking design by Very. Featuring a multi-floral pattern throughout, eye catching chicness is achieved in every wear. Carefully cut to fit the body like a glove, this two piece set makes a statement and sets expectations to be raised. A Cami top and black heels complete this look, allowing transition from work to social with no fuss.

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Aerin top in Pink £33.60 | Colour Block Clutch in Coral £38 | Carly Chambray Trousers £75 | Credit to People Tree

Exude confidence and be the boss in your life with this effortlessly stylish combination by People Tree. Not only ethically sound, this winning combination successfully blends office formal with a dash of colour found in the Colour Block Clutch. A plain yet structure top is cinched at the waist to create shape with the addition of Chambray Trousers, offering a relaxed belt tie waist with wide leg fit to ensure body shape is fully flattered.

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Aby Shirt Dress £75 | Credit to Olivia Bonas

Post-war military chic meets modern day power dressing in this versatile Aby Dress by Olivia Bonas. Encompassing utility wear at its finest, the clean cut silhouette with front buttoning and pocket detail adhere to stricter dress codes, whilst the flowing fit hints at femininity just enough to enable a balanced look. Not to be overcome by fabric, this dress includes a tie waist belt to draw in your slimmest point to elongate the wearers figure.

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Black Button Through Dress £149 | White Silk Tee £59 | Black Wrap Trouser £129 | Credit to Jigsaw

Androgyny at its best, this capsule look from Jigsaw offers interchangeable pieces which can add a multitude of looks to your wardrobe. Re-purposing a sleeveless dress to serve as blazer elevates this look from high street to high end, which is only assisted in the monochrome colour palette. Sockless flat loafers give an untroublesome finish to this outfit, giving off a ‘just-thrown-on’ appeal which so many strive to deliver correctly.


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