What will the power suit look like in 2020? Will it be structured and cleanly tailored, as was the trend on the fall runways earlier this year? Or will it be looser, more casually cut? Will it be printed or colorful? The answer may be unsatisfying, but it is also liberating: a power suit is now whatever you want it to be. Women don’t need to be hemmed in—and they especially don’t need to adhere to the classic menswear-inspired silhouettes. Suiting should be, like the rest of fashion, a means of self-expression, not a buttoned-up work uniform. It’s okay to wear nothing but a bra (or nothing at all) under a clean-cut blazer. Adding a corset to a double-breasted jacket gives Savile Row tailoring a feminine edge. And shorts can sub for a pair of crisp pants.
These were among the coolest alternative suiting looks that wandered the streets of Manhattan during New York Fashion Week. When thinking about incorporating suiting into your wardrobe, look for inspiration among the street style set who deconstructed these staples of Wall Street and made them into something worthy of a double-take. Below, here’s how to wear suiting pieces and do so powerfully.
Originally Appeared on Vogue