In 1870, Sarah Bernhardt wore a custom-made Worth pantsuit, which she referred to as her “boys clothes,” sending Paris and much of the globe into a state of “WTF” at such a scandalous affair. Approximately 40 years down the line, Coco Chanel designed her first suit – a fur-trimmed jacket with a matching ankle-length skirt.
The simple grey suit in Hitchcock’s Vertigo acts as an indicator between Kim Novak’s multiple characters, Madeleine and Judy. Somber and sophisticated, the two-piece, single-breasted suit has become an iconic piece in cinema fashion conjuring an unprecedented desire to use not only as a sartorial statement, but to slip into my own alter ego.
Reworking the formal or office-appropriate look falls down to a willingness to transform the finer details.
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The position of formal dressing has transformed largely over the years, recently becoming energised by a distinct desire for personal expression in the workspace.
Shoulder pads have been swapped for sharp lines and a distinct cut, revealing the changing shapes of the traditional silhouette break forth. The modern woman in a suit isn’t archetypically formal in the traditional sense of the word, almost in rejection of the polished and reserved black suit.
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By adding an unexpected accessory to the foreground, your camel tones are unintentionally heightened in your classic cotton-canvas trench coat. A splash of orange matched with a pair of statement knee-length boots points to an innate sense of abundant energy that would otherwise be omitted from the final product.