The “power suit” for women became the big seller when I was a kid. My mother entered the professional workforce at the time, and her wardrobe quickly shifted to straight-lined and shoulder-padded jackets, usually accompanied by a straight skirt. In lieu of a tie, often a silky, patterned or solid scarf would be tied around the collar in a HUGE bow.
That was the age when the sexual revolution was entering its final days, women started being taken seriously in the workforce and, inspired by Linda Evans and Linda Dano, they had to have broad and important shoulders. This immediately changed the female form to a more androgynous one.
Of the many struggles women had to overcome to get to where we are today, the Football-player look was one. Women were fighting to break through the glass ceiling in an era when they were still predominantly associated with either staying at home or working as someone’s assistant instead of someone’s equal.
Fortunately, the days of the Giant Shoulder Pads are gone, and work suits are now being designed to flatter the female form while still maintaining a professional look. Express is selling items like this Rouched Jacket/pant combo, which is pictured at the beginning of this post. It’s nice to see that suiting for women has become much more practical but still appropriate for the professional workplace. No need for pantyhose; those straight skirts are now replaced with trousers that can be worn with knee-highs or trouser socks and a good pair of shoes.
I work at home, but I do wear suits to attend everything from expos and networking events, to weddings, funerals and graduation ceremonies.
What do you like about the Express of suits? What would you do if you won a $500 suiting makeover, and where would you wear your new threads?