Power suiting continues to be a relatively controversial topic yet remains extremely popular in the fashion scene. Chanel introduced the very first female suit in 1904, however it only became a popular trend in the early 80’s. One of the main purposes of power dressing was to diminish female sexuality in order to gain authority and respect equal of a man in the workplace. The public opinion on power suiting has since been completely divided. The feminists aimed to eradicate all gender specific clothing from the industry because they believed femininity was not needed to define a woman. The counterargument, however, supports the idea that female clothing can be just as powerful because its ours to own. But that was then and we are currently entering an age of gender neutral clothing and cross dressing, which is great in my opinion.
The fashion industry isn’t restricted to either the male or female market and is therefore genderless. The industry is currently changing to offer consumers collections that are free to interpretation without it defining their gender or sexuality. The term “power dressing” in fashion relates to a style that is specific to business and politics in the 80’s. It has evolved into a popular mainstream trend for everyday wear that is accessible to everyone and available in most stores. Power suits are a great gender neutral asset have in your closet that embodies the message of confidence and sophistication.