Dress like a female politician with these power suits

Updated on July 25 2016

Couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking suit in 1966 could be known as the paramount pioneer of what we call in this day and age, the female power suit. Popularised in photographs by renowned fashion photographer Helmut Newton, Saint Laurent is noted for empowering women by providing them confidence and influence inspired by masculinity.

So what exactly constitutes a modern day power suit? For us, we believe that a power suit does not necessarily have to be a literal pant-suit, but being in clothes that actually make you feel like you can (and will) rule the boardroom and hopefully, the world. While “the man maketh the clothes”, women have a vast plethora of options that allows them to dress according to their ambition. Margaret Thatcher subtly made her opinions known by her choice of brooch, and Michelle Obama embraced the diversity of society by experimenting with up-and-coming designers.

With the rise of female figures in the political sector, here are 4 authoritative outfits (inspired from international female government leaders) that you can conquer the global stage with.

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Hillary Clinton’s crimson pant-suit

If you’re on your way to command a crowd’s attention, a crimson pant-suit screams “look at me!” and highly recommended to achieve that sharp and serious outlook. Red represents power and determination, and when used in conjuncture with a tailored suit, everyone will know you mean business.

Get the look: Red wool blazer by Givenchy (US$2,311), red wool cropped pants by Givenchy (US$945), red suede Mary Jane block heel by Gianvito Rossi (US$755), silver plated watch with leather strap by Larsson & Jennings (US$291), medium black leather ‘Sac de Jour’ by Saint Laurent (US$3,760). All available at Net-a-Porter.


Angela Merkel’s feminine strength

Being confident does not necessarily mean you’ll need to be in a pant-suit. Put on a tailored belted coat to accentuate your figure, but announce your femininity with intricate lace details and flowy wide-leg pants.

Get the look: Belted wool coat with lace appliqué by Victoria Beckham (US$2,947), white wide-leg pants by Vince (US$382), 14-karat pearl gold choker by Mizuki (US$1,649), black patent sling-back kitten heels by Jimmy Choo (US$519). All available at Net-a-Porter.


Theresa May’s sophisticated skirt-suit

An underrated skirt-suit can also give you a pristine impression. Go for peplum jacket to flaunt your figure, but still look serious yet chic with a flared midi skirt. Studs might be too playful when you want to be serious, hence printed jacquard loafers are more suitable while retaining some texture to the outfit.

Get the look: white silk mandarin collar blouse by Equipment (US$252), grey wool flared midi skirt by Stella McCartney (US$864), embellished peplum jacket by Oscar de la Renta (US$4,761), printed jacquard heeled loafers by Chloé (US$849). All available at Net-a-Porter.


Aung San Suu Kyi’s classy meets conservative

And when its time to meet important guests (and if it coincidentally occurs in the evening), go for a polished and refined look with a long maxi printed dress paired with dainty yet classy earrings. You can still be modest with a pair of simple flats and clean-looking clutch.

Get the look: Wrap silk maxi dress by Etro (US$1,402), 14-karat gold opal earrings by Melissa Joy Manning (US$272), ‘Celeste’ metallic clutch by Jimmy Choo (US$775), weaved leather ballet flats by Bottega Veneta (US$636). All available at Net-a-Porter.