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Friday, May 27th 2011

Well-Suited: Woman + Suit

The pantsuit isn’t what it used to be. Formerly a misguided power statement based on masculine lines and linebacker-inspired shoulder pads, the suiting of today is self-assured yet distinctly feminine. No longer about blending into a man’s world, modern trousers and blazers let you be who you are: a woman who happens to be wearing a perfectly cut suit.

Spring’s best looks are set apart by glamorous finishes, draped fabrics, and figure-conscious cuts. Shimmering silks and luxe jacquards define the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Helmut Lang collections, while Ellery and Alexander Wang opted for oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys styles updated with a suitably sexy slouch.


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