We bet you own one or more women’s suits. Maybe even a men’s exemplar, but that counts as well.
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Earlier we wrote about the influence of menswear on today’s women’s wardrobes. As you may know, this isn’t a new phenomenon. Back in the ’60s, Yves Saint Laurent introduced “Le Smoking” to the world. While women got refused at restaurants and bars, Saint Laurent unleashed a revolution.
Still today, a female dressed in a suit looks somehow powerful. Despite that we’ve been fighting for equality for decades, there’s still something in the air when a woman wears a tuxedo. It isn’t at coincidence that Anthony Vaccarello re-invented the classic suit for his Spring/Summer 2020 collection at Saint Laurent.
Farewell, evening dress
Is it too soon to say farewell to the cocktail dress? According to both The Lyst and retailer Asos, the search for women’s suits have peaked since last holiday season – a time of the year often related to cocktail dresses and other “feminine” evening wear.
Where a cocktail dress might look chic, a suit looks effortlessly cool. Why do we prefer this state of effortlessly coolness? It certainly reflects the current feministic wave, where women fight for their rights in a world in which #MeToo is still relevant.
Besides being relevant, the suit is practical too. Women don’t longer need to endlessly search for the perfect dress, accompanies by perfect shoes and jewelry. Where men used to roll their tuxedo right out of their wardrobes, women had to do a little (or a lot) more effort. Until now. A suit isn’t longer reserved for privileged white men. Wearing a suit radiates equality.
During this winter, the suit dominated the runway. Hence, it has been dominating the past seasons at many renowned designers. For example, feminist Clare Waight Keller tailored hers at Givenchy, with over the top shoulders and sharp-edged cuts. However, Thom Browne deserves credits when it comes to women’s suits: this US-based designer devoted an entire collection to them. Describing it as “feminine masculine” and “the right thing to do right now”, we think Brown perfectly understands what is going on.
However, the tuxedo still undermines the strict rules of a chic cocktail or black tie party. This rises the question: are these conventions still applicable to today’s society or just hopelessly outdated? Whatever the answer may be, women’s suits are here to stay. Whether you use them for making a statement, to oppose the rules or to just feel comfortable: just own it.