Rihanna & Kim Kardashian Are Making A Case For Power Blazers

If you've followed the ebb and flow of trends, even slightly, you've probably felt the impact of a strong woman in a suit. And, while today's power suit may hold different significance (thanks to the meeting of '70s era feminists and the army of modern day Pantsuit Nation groupies), it's kind of wild to think it was once a controversial style statement. But today's It girls have co-opted the trend and turned it into somewhat of a wardrobe staple.

Over a century ago, French actress Sarah Bernhardt shocked 1870s Paris society with her "boy's clothes," and her leading role as Hamlet in 1899. That legacy was made camp (and very glam) when Julie Andrews took androgyny to the silver screen with Victor/Victoria, in the '80s, providing fashion and cinema with an image that would go on to be referenced in collections and films for decades to follow. The suit is still going strong, of course, strutting across all sorts of red carpets.

But lately, the suit has been getting more air time than normal, which is especially peculiar, seeing as temperatures are rising, and award season is over. We're not mad about it, though. That's why we've compiled the hottest suits of late, just in case you'd like to take power dressing into summer, too. Whether it's a full-blown pantsuit à la supermodel Aymeline Valade, or an oversized blazer that doubles as a dress like Rihanna's Fashion Week look, power dressing is shaping up to be the trend we just can't quit. But really, when it looks that cool, who would want to?

Rihanna took power dressing to new heights during New York Fashion Week, where she singlehandedly made shoulder pads chic again.
Trading in bodycon for something boxier and structured, are we?
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Behold, the statement lapel, courtesy of Hailey Baldwin. This is very Annie Hall, isn't it?
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Amid a sea of floor-length gowns, French model Aymeline Valade brought the suit to Cannes. Why? Because she's a badass, that's why.
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Michelle Dockery opted for a printed suit at the Turner Upfronts this week, which is the best way to say you're here for business and play.
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Jenna Fischer wore the blazer as a dress, because sometimes, even the LBD needs an update.
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Actress AnnaSophia Robb looks campaign-ready in this tailored-to-perfection Akris number.
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And because Samantha Bee can do no wrong, the comedian used her power blazer to stand out against the blue carpet (and she's prompted us to frantically search for our own version of this number, honestly).