ON POWER DRESSING AS A WOMAN TODAY








"I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants." 

Now, it's widely known that I am a big fan of a suit. I was strutting round in a bright yellow corduroy one just a few weeks (haters aka my best friend said I looked like a big banana), but idc - you can see that look here. This is what I had to say about a suit then: 

'It's true, put a man in a suit and his attractiveness level goes up about 150% (that's scientific fact, ladies). But don't be fooled into thinking that a suit is solely a wardrobe secret weapon for men. On the contrary, I'm here to make the case that a suit is probably one of the most attractive and versatile outfits a woman can have in her wardrobe too. 

A suit can fulfil a multitude of roles in your wardrobe. Wear it casually with a pair of adidas stan smiths and chunky jewellery. Wear it with heels and a shirt for office vibes. And for the evening? Well, simply wear the suit sans anything else (or go for that bra under jacket look for something a little risqué) and there you go - three different looks from one outfit.
Organised and polished? check. Independent woman meets androgyny? check. Lazy girl friendly? check.'



But just in case you didn't get just how much I love a suit then, I have a bit more to add today, and this time it is more profound. It was all started by the genius that is Lady Gaga, who caught everyone's attention this week with her outfit for the 25th Annual Elle Women in Hollywood event. (See it here if you missed it!)

Gaga is no stranger to unique and show stopping outfits (#meatdress), but last week, she wore something that had particular significance. Not only was the outfit a statement in itself - it was an incredibly eye-catching androgynous and slouchy Marc Jacobs suit, with billowing pant legs and very angular, structured shoulders. As soon as I saw it, I said 'wow' to my phone screen. It was at once the epitome of masculinity given such a subtle feminine twist with the luxe fabric that I couldn't help but stare in awe.

But what was even more powerful was the explanation Gaga gave for wearing it. In a post #MeToo movement era, where more and more women are willing to speak up about the shady backwaters of Hollywood and the routine abuse of women, Gaga tearfully talked about her own experiences of this kind; of mental health, sexual assault, and the accompanying trauma, as well as the objectification of women in the industry. She tearily spoke of her dissatisfaction with current red carpet dress code, which is so often centred around the dress that you forget the woman in it. She spoke of her disappointment with the way in which this upheld sexist notions of a woman's value being in her appearance. But her story isn't a wholly downcast one, because at this event, in this speech, and in this suit, she fought back. Ultimately, Gaga's is a story of true empowerment.

"I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants." 

And, that's the whole point, isn't it? It's what modern feminism is about, to me. It's about women reclaiming the right to be exactly who she wants to be, and this means demanding to be considered for the same opportunities and positions as men.

Now, women wear the trousers, too. 

It's funny, because we treat fashion as something so fickle and frivolous, superficial and meaningless. But fashion often reflects politics. It reflects our society. 18th century women were just as restricted in society as they were physically by their tight corsets and enormous frocks. Today, we wear exactly what we want - something masculine, something feminine, something short, something concealing, precisely because we want to. And that's the position of the modern woman, too - we might not be just there yet, but we certainly demand the right to be anything that we want to be. We don't leave it to the men to wear the trousers, to wield all the power. We take that right for ourselves too - we wear the suits, too. Wearing a suit makes me feel strong, confident and interestingly, ultra-feminine. 'Woman' has a new meaning nowadays. It's indefinable, as it should be. Because a woman now, is so many different things. She can't be pinned down. And that's how we know we're heading in the right direction. 



This outfit is simple. It's a plain white tee, and a matching pant suit with some white slingback heels. The suit is in this beautiful dusky green colour, very unique and flattering against the white accessories. Best thing about it? It's incredibly comfortable, so comfortable that I'm tempted to get this suit in other colours, because Na-kd fashion have a whole range of suits in this cut, in beautiful shades. Despite being simple, in this outfit, I felt my best. That's power dressing as a woman today - wearing whatever makes you feel powerful. 

It may seem small. But, for Gaga, simply donning this suit for this event was a reflection of harnessing her inner strength. It's something we should all dress to do. Dress in things that make you feel your most powerful, your most 'you'. Dress in things that make you want to 'take the power back'. Because as more and more women today demand that their voices be heard, there's no better time to make yours heard too.

Do you guys absolutely love to strut around in a suit or co-ord too? Were you also moved by Lady Gaga's speech? What outfit makes you feel your most confident? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx


OUTFIT DETAILS: 

Blazer: c/o Na-kd Fashion*
Trousers: c/o Na-kd Fashion*
Tee: H&M (Similar Here)
Shoes: Topshop (old, similar here)
Bag: Topshop
Earrings: c/o Na-kd Fashion

This post is not sponsored. All items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me by Na-kd Fashion. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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