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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.






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)





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)





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)





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