'Power dressing' a phrase coined in the 70s was a key reflection of women's increasing presence in the corporate world | Source: The Amaranta

Power Dressing: Where to Buy Timeless Women’s Business Suits

Pioneered by Chanel, the women’s pantsuit is more than just a blazer and a pair of trousers. A symbol of the women’s liberation movement, the women’s business suit reflected the increasing number of women who began to enter the overwhelmingly male corporate world and became a key element of ‘power dressing’ which reached a fever pitch in the 70s and 80s.

Putting on a pantsuit doesn’t guarantee its wearer power. But as a symbolic act, it projects a prowess that tells the world its wearer means business.

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Of course, a classic pantsuit is standard for women’s corporate dress today. Nonetheless, a timeless pantsuit is versatile, polished and more than a worthy investment for those looking to build their corporate wardrobe.

Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss has been designing perfectly tailored suits for women since 1998. Tailored in virgin wool with natural stretch, this regular-fit jacket is jacquard-woven with a micro pattern for an elegant character. Combine it with Boss trousers or layer it over a business dress – it is the perfect outfit to help you conquer any business meeting.

Hugo Boss Regular-fit jacket in micro-patterned virgin wool A$729.00 | Suit Pants A$369.00 | Source: Hugo Boss

Oxford

With more than 40 years of experience in designing high-quality pieces, Australian brand Oxford is a no brainer for buying crisp blazers and tailored pants. While we believe every woman can benefit from having a classic black suit in their wardrobe, those with a love for brighter hues can opt for the likes of Oxford’s pastel pink Lola Suit.

Djerf Avenue

Although Djerf Avenue is a relatively new brand, the ready-to-wear label from influencer Matilda Djerf has quickly established itself as a go-to for high-quality basics and laid-back business attire. With a focus on pieces that feel timeless and are made to stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with picking up an Insta-worthy pantsuit from Djerf Avenue.

Sportscraft

For more than a century, Sportscraft has been providing high-quality men and womenswear in Australia. When it comes to finding a classic and timeless suit you know you’ll be able to wear time and time again, Sportscraft delivers on comfort, quality and style. And if you’re in need of a lightweight pantsuit for the hot summer months, look no further than Sportscraft’s Freya Linen set.

Max Mara

Italian fashion brand Max Mara is another go-to brand for elevated business suits and professional attire. Featuring cotton, tweed, wool and cashmere, Max Mara’s latest collection offers luxurious staples to take your work wardrobe to the next level.

Veronika Maine

Along with the classics, Veronika Maine offers modern approaches to corporate and formal wear. When dressing for optimal comfort, culotte-style trousers like these cream coloured Stretch Wide Leg Pants are perfect.

For more inspiration related to work, you will enjoy our coverage of Business Class Luggage: Samsonite Suitcases for Every Type of Trip and Stand-Out Self Promotion: Luxury Business Cards For the Elite.

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