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8 steps to mastering AW17’s new take on power dressing

 

Words by Hollie Moat

 

AW17 wants you to suit up and strut your stuff with confidence: take on our suggestions and you’ll feel ready (and dressed) to rule the world.

 

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Do your homework and watch Melanie Griffiths climb the corporate ladder (while overhauling her wardrobe) in stone-cold eighties classic Working Girl.

 

Above: Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

 

 

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Then establish your hero piece. Tailoring is your entry point to this trend, so we suggest investing in a super-sharp checked blazer.

 

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Snap up a document holder so stylish you’ll want to use it as a handbag.

 

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Take lessons in attitude from an icon. Grace Jones knows exactly how to wear a suit like a boss.

 

Above: Grace Jones performing in 1981 (SIPA PRESS/REX/Shuttershock)

 

 

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Loosen up – this season, the bigger the silhouette of your trousers, the bigger your ambition!

 

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Make your point. Ensure you’ve got a pair of heels sharp enough to smash through that glass ceiling.

 

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Don’t restrict your suit to the boardroom – styles in opulent fabrics and lavish patterns make for seriously standout party threads.

 

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Finally, listen to Independent Women, Pt. I by Destiny’s Child while you get dressed. All together now: ‘The shoes on my feet, I’ve bought it…’

 

Above, from left: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards (Jeffrey Mayer)