Strong ensembles made a return as they went down the runways at Celine, Victoria Beckham and more for fall ‘18. Long gone are the days of dreary designs: Power suits now come in chic and statement-making designs. But aside from the physical features, we’re all-in when it comes to suits for the way they make you feel. Empowered. Confident, Strong.
So in the spirit of the strength these suits present, we’ve selected 10 two-pieces which scream confidence and add that extra sassy spring in your step. Swipe for bold, beautiful colours, crisp silhouettes and sleek fits to elevate your work wardrobe.
In an rich red hue, this polyester blend suit has a double-breasted blazer with an open lapel neckline to show off your collar bone, so be sure to pop on some highlighter. The long sleeves have a little slit detail in the middle, whilst the front of the blazer features double welt front pockets and six lined buttons. These mid-waist fitted trousers feature a little delicate frill detail at the waist, front pockets and two false welt pockets at the back to match the blazer.
Style tip: Bring out your inner retro queen and pop on cat eye sunglasses for extra style points. Of course, this look wouldn’t be as rich without a bright red lip. For shoes – add some contrast by wearing either white or black, or even glossy silver heels.
The notched collar neckline that draws attention to your decolletage, relaxed fit and more importantly, the vertical lines which give the illusion of a longer body. Unlike the other suits in this list, this blazer comes with a tie to keep everything together. For comfort, the bottom half – which are culottes – are mid-rise and have an elasticated waistband. Both the top and the bottom are made of 100 percent polyester.
Style tip: If you don’t feel like wearing the tie, bring it to the back and tie it, then fold your sleeves for a look that’s still office-friendly. Make use of the lengthening effect and wear black pumps. Bring life to this look by wearing red or pink lipstick.
The blazer is coolmax – meaning that it won’t be as warm as your usual blazers but significantly cooler and lightweight. The strong shoulder padding and double collars pack a punch. The pants have that same effect – skinny at the top and flared at the bottom with little splits for a little edge. It’s a match tailor-made in heaven… get it?
Style tip: Balance out the two opposite colours by wearing a white blouse beneath, and black heels similar to how G2000 styled it. Since the blazer’s sleeves aren’t long, be sure to pop on your favourite watch.
Blazer, $129; Pants, $69 from G2000.
Made of a polyester spandex blend, the double breasted blazer comes cut for an oversized fit. The slits which go all the way down the inner arm give a cape-like effect that adds flow to this sharp, clean-cut blazer. It features front pockets so you can (fashionably of course) tuck your nimble hands away.
In the same earthly-yet-bright yellow hue, the pants are made of a polyester spandex blend – meaning you get some extra stretch and a dash of comfort. Like the blazer, the pants carry on the clean-cut feel with lines down the middle of the legs – giving your ensemble the sleek look while elongating your figure at the same time.
Style tip: On normal work days (or weekends), keep it simple but bold by balancing these pants with a monochrome outfit.
Woven with breathable wool, the blazer has padded shoulders on its blazer and fabric-covered buttons which both add definition to the loose-fitting suit.
The pants, also woven with soft wool, sit high and mighty on your waist before falling into a gorgeous, endless sea of fabric – well almost. It’s cut to give it a cropped, wide-leg design that we’re absolutely in love with.
Style tip: For off-duty occasions, wear them with a plain white tee or graphic monochrome tee (yes we’re talking about Dior’s totally #girlboss tees) and white sneakers or mules. Otherwise, put on some elegant yet killer black pumps to elongate your figure even more.
This MANGO set embodies minimalism at its best with simple, clean-cut designs. The angled welt pockets at the front subtly flatter your waist while the hourglass-like cut adds flow and gives the illusion of a smaller figure. Both the blazer and trousers are made with 100 per cent polyester. The trousers are high-waisted with two pockets and dart details at the waist.
Style tip: The trousers are pretty long, so to avoid turning them to floor sweepers, wear white, pointed high heels – this helps to maintain the elongated effect. Otherwise, you could also opt to wear platform sneakers. Emphasize the blazer’s silhouette and wear a v-neck blouse beneath.
There’s no way we could’ve done this piece without a good ol’ checked suit. This H&M two-piece is gently tailored for a ever-so-slightly loose fit. In a textured weave, the double-breasted jacket has notch lapels, welt front pockets and buttons on the cuff (decorative and front. The trousers, in a stretch weave, have a regular waist, side pockets and tapered legs for a more modern finish to the classic.
Style tip: Take a cue from Raquel Calderon – a Youtuber, singer and actress – who wore her suit with an equally empowering graphic tee that reads Katy Perry’s famous “Hear Me Roar” quote. Add a splash of colour to the monochrome ensemble by wearing a bright lip, but go for black loafers to maintain the classic look.
Photo: H&M, Raquel Calderon/ Instagram
The blazer, made of white grain de poudre wool, has strong, structured shoulders and strategically placed pockets to flatter your waist. It also features a single button and double vent – so your shirt or blouse underneath will not be creased. The pants, also made from white grain de poudre wool, are cut with a flattering cropped hem and have a slender silhouette.
Style tip: Wear yours to formal events with white pumps to tie in the suit’s colour, or black stilettos for a contrast. Beneath your blazer, wear a white cami (or black for a twist) with a little peek-a-boo lace for flair.
Although this gentle pink suit has a loose cut, the padded shoulders and notch lapels add structure to it, so you won’t look like you’re just drowning in this. With a centre vent at the back, you most likely won’t be drowning in sweat either. We love the matching pants which again, can be worn with other tops. They have a high-rise waist, pleats and a tapered fit.
Style tip: Take it a step further and brighten up the rest of your ensemble by wearing white heels and carrying a matching white bag alongside it. Wear a boatneck blouse to add structure, or a white turtleneck top for your own little twist.
Made of soft touch corduroy (ribbed velvet), this suit brings you back to the 70’s with a classic cut and unique texture. In a warm autumnal hue, the blazer has notch lapels, side pockets and a button fastening – though we suggest leaving this unbuttoned. The mini skirt is high rise with a button placket, and has the same ribbed velvet fabric to keep it all matchy-matchy, just how we like it.
Style tip: The rusty orange shade is a bit hair to pair with, so go simple and wear a plain white tee beneath, and white heels or sneakers to match. Keep up the 70’s vibes with gold hoops and slim, cat eye sunnies.