#Howtostyleit: Power suit staples

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Want to make a lasting impression by exuding #girlboss vibes à la Nasty Gal founder, Sophia Amoruso? Then it’s time to ditch the boring ol’ pantsuit and frumpy sheath frocks. To nail power dressing like a cool (lady) boss while boosting your style credentials, you’ll need to replace them with modern and updated essentials that’ll show you’re a kickass woman with attitude who means serious business. Now, let us introduce the key players:

A crisp white shirt
Here’s why this classic piece is a worthy investment: it acts as a clean canvas for layering with other power staples, it has a timeless appeal that stays stylish throughout all seasons and it oozes so much versatility – you can roll-up the sleeves, tuck it in or let it out and button-up or -down according to occasion.

An angular shoulder jacket
While the traditional take usually involves shoulder pads, the contemporary cuts completely omit those overt accents. Instead, think bold, slightly-pointed shoulder silhouettes that equate to stature and power. Plus, they echo a femme fatale charm like no other.

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A structured business tote
Practical, functional but never short of style. You’ll need something that looks streamlined on the outside and roomy (with convenient compartments and pockets) on the inside to fit all your daily essentials and work gizmos. Stick to a neutral or monochrome palette for the ultimate strictly-business appeal.

A midi pencil skirt
Find one that ends at the knee or slightly below it – it’s the perfect length cos it offers optimum coverage while lending a feminine allure as it hugs your curves. Take this basic up a notch by opting for luxe materials like leather, velvet, brocade and tweed. Bonus: it goes with everything!

Pointed-toe pumps
To pump up your professional aesthetic, keep your toes covered at all times. Step into smart stilettos and court shoes that are sharp and pointed at the front. It screams #girlpower with ambition, drive and direction. Pick one in black patent, suede or leather for everyday sophistication.

A power suit
A matching top-and-bottom combo always works (Victoria Beckham slays it like a pro) but you should stay away from conventional designs that may not be as flattering. Turn to updated proportions such as a cropped pair of cigarette trousers (they’re incredibly leg-slimming!) or A-line skirts teamed with a well-tailored blazer.

YSL tuxedo

An androgynous tuxedo
Kate Moss is a huge fan of this stylish separate that’s easily identified by its shiny satin or leather lapels. And we can all thank YSL for borrowing this formal attire from the boys. Women now have quick access to looking sleek and slightly masculine (but pulled together, no less) by throwing one over their shoulders.