Power suits are back and they are bigger than ever

There’s something liberating about wearing all that fabric – draping yourself head to toe in cloth has a nice “Hands off” touch to it.

Philip Lim

The pantsuit didn’t slink away with Hillary Clinton, it just morphed and took on a new form. Now, it’s been reborn as oversized, voluminous super-power suit, worn with everything from big neon sneakers (see Tracee Ellis Ross) to the women on Killing Eve to starlets on the red carpet (see Blake Lively’s pale-pink version).

Even Vogue editor Anna Wintour is inspired. “I’ve been thinking a lot about suits recently,” said the woman known for her uniform of tea dresses at last week’s Women in the World conference. “Thank you to the Duchess of Sussex!”

“Obviously, [Meghan Markel’s] style is fantastic,” Wintour added. “When she went on that trip to Australia and New Zealand, she was very respectful in choosing a lot of unknown Australian designers to wear, which was great. But I think, more importantly, she’s really bringing modernity to the royal family in a way that is inspiring.”

The relaxed, almost baggy fit of the newest crop of suits adds insouciance to the look, making it look more boyish than mannish. But make no mistake, wearing one of these – even if it’s pink – is still a power move. Taking up as much room as possible is absolutely the statement you need to be making right now.


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And in a time that is hyperaware of men and women’s bodies and redefining what is and isn’t appropriate when it comes to physical space, boundaries, and touch, there’s something liberating about wearing all that fabric – draping yourself head to toe in cloth has a nice “Hands off” touch to it.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Philip Lim oversized blazer

Philip Lim
Philip Lim

Loreo oversized suit jacket

loreo
Goop

Max Mara Prince of Wales jacket

max mara
Nordstrom

Lorod drop shoulder jacket

lorod
Need Supply Co.

Tibi overlong tie blazer

tibi
Bergdorf Goodman

– Additional reporting by Meghan Ingraham


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.