Back in the early 1980s, I’d graduated, worked for a bit in Brighton, completed a post-grad’ diploma and was in London looking for a job – it actually didn’t take me long. In fact I was offered two at the same time. One at Virago Press and the other at the Natural History Museum.
Looking back now, it had a lot to do with my sister-in-law, and the power suit she bought me. She was a rising star at Saatchi & Saatchi at the time, and knew the effectiveness of a great suit. So she whisked me off to Joseph – the best of the best at the time – there we found the perfect burgundy trouser suit. It had flared trousers and a nipped in single button blazer. And it did the trick! Winning me my dream role as Press Officer at Virago Press.
So I learnt early on the success power dressing can bring. “It all changed in the Eighties, when women went into offices in unprecedented numbers, …. and we were to take on men for the first time properly,” Anna Murphy, Times Magazine . “Designers have ditched the uber masculine, boxy shapes and shoulder pads of the 80’s and embraced today’s strong woman and form, making it a new wardrobe staple,” Jacynth Bassett, founder of chic fashion site The Bias Cut.
Almost four decades later, and its been reborn. In an elevated, finer form. Choose from a rainbow of hot juicy tones and pretty pastels. Graphic prints, ditsy florals, contrasting piping and statement buttons.
On my Christmas wish list is this pink Velvet suit from Boden. I hope you enjoy my picks below, and do please share any of your favourite finds Love Marie Louise
PS How great is my sister-in-law (thank you Georgina) PPS Find what you love now, but buy in the sales after Xmas!