Image: ELLE UK October 2016 Lu Ping Wong by Kerry Hallihan
What's on our style radar lately? Or in better terms--our latest obsession? The woman suit! The no longer uniform that dictates a serious code of conduct--well, maybe during office hours. Since our view of Julia Roberts wearing a suit in the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2015 campaign and the most recent dress staple of who could be probably the first woman president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, we have become enamored with its new facade. Contemporaries like Kate Hudson, Rita Ora, Emma Stone and most recently Danielle Haim have been sporting the woman suit too in evening wear. Yes, they have had some influence towards our own personal demure options for it, but independently, there's no denying the ambition felt when wearing one.
What started as a horse riding matching jacket and skirt suit has now evolved to an everyday uniform for business women and evening wear casualty for the experimental woman. Liberation? Here is another reason to adore Coco Chanel--she is one of the early 20th century responsible ones of liberating us into the pants suit. But, as time does to all, its narrative has changed along with what it means to be a woman in our present time--the woman suit is out of the shadows into a sleek, well define and no longer the symbol of our testosterone levels or even our confidence meter for that case, it is rather the opposite--dominated and a subservient to our femininity, creativity and intellectual minds.
Written by Mariana Aguilera