In 2018, we lived for chunky sneakers, wide-leg culottes and structured blazers. And if forecasted 2019 fashion trends are any indication, we’ll spend the new year taking this penchant for items that help us take up space to new levels. Of course, you can always do the “new year, new you” thing and just replace a bunch of worn-out basics (we’re looking at you, hole-filled underwear and yellowing white tees), or you can look at 2019 as a moment to truly refresh your wardrobe.
What woman will you be in 2019, and what would that woman wear? Our answer: the 2019 fashion trend power suits, AKA the perfect nod to your power-pose, closet edition.
Power suits tend to live in a surprisingly controversial space. Early feminists said it was the ultimate challenge to the patriarchy, because who needs femininity? Then came the argument that feminine can be just as strong and game-changing, and we don’t need to dress like men, so let’s reclaim it, shall we?
While these conversations are worthy of nuance and deconstruction on both sides, ultimately we want to celebrate power suits as a form of art.
With the rise of Instagram fashion, we’re able to see more than ever what people from all over are wearing. What we love about 2019’s power suits is their ability to give us options both in terms of form, and function. Would you wear a power suit to brunch at a friend’s apartment? What if it was made of silk? Would you wear a power suit to a wedding, or to work, or on a first date? What if it featured sharp shoulders, or a drop-crotch, or no real shape at all?
What defines our power, and what defines our power suits? Scroll down to see 13 of our faves.
Mustard Velvet Jacket, $198 and Wide-Leg Pant, $148 at Revolve
Remember how we said you could swing a suit at brunch? Yeah, this one is ready to be Instagrammed.
Coral Red Linen Blazer, $62 and Paper Bag Shorts, $38 at Lulu’s
We’ve got summer on our minds, and this power suit is the perf way to bring your power suit to warmer weather (even if it’s just in your dreams).
Metallic Jacquard Two-Piece, $87 at ASOS
You could wear a safe black suit—or you could flip the power suit on its head with a metallic number like this one.
Fuchsia Blazer, $99.90 and Velveteen Pants, $49.90 at Zara
Prove that pink can be powerful with this mixed-texture pairing.
Faux Leather Dress-Style Blazer, $99.90 at Bershka
Challenge the usual power suit by taking it from two-piece to one with this dress-style blazer.
Diane von Furstenberg Velvet Jumpsuit, $598 at Neiman Marcus
OK, hear me out: No, this isn’t technically a pantsuit, but yes, this looks like a pantsuit, and yes, it’s a perfectly 2019 “cool girl” spin on your usual go-to.
Anne Klein Single-Button Pantsuit, $240 at Macy’s
Classic doesn’t have to be boring, and the sleek fit of this pantsuit makes it just as doable for date night as it is for the office.
Racil Wool Piqué Blazer, $721 and Wide-Leg Pants, $267.50 at Net-A-Porter
We’re getting dreamy French girl vibes from this structured-but-artful pantsuit.
Italian GoWeave Classic Blazer, $135 and Easy Pant, $88 at Everlane
All black everything. Pair this with a lace bralette and wear the jacket open for true 2019 vibes.
Striped Wrap Jacket, $198 and High-Waist Legging, $138 at Revolve
For the girl who passionately believes leggings are pants.
Three-Button Blazer, $149 and High-Rise Pant, $178 at Reformation
Lazy girls, rejoice: This cozy power suit comes with a relaxed fit and oversized blazer for your most chill suit of all time.
Givenchy Wool-Crepe Jacket, $1,145 and Wide-Leg Tuxedo Ankle Pant, $1,285 at Neiman Marcus
High-end events call for high-end picks, and this combination of crepe and wool adds interest to the typical pantsuit.
Mustard Yellow Three-Quarter Blazer, $72 and Trouser Pants, $56 at Lulu’s
Woven, loose and super chic, this is the power suit for day and for play.