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Suit Up: Power Dressing at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Masculine vs. Feminine, it’s a topic widely combined in the industry of fashion and definitely elements that designers like to experiment with. There were a few different trends we saw at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, but one that caught our eye here at woman with drive was power dressing; the designers take on the masculine suit. Masculine intuitively depicts the image of strength, power and confidence with more structured and angular pieces. With that in mind, we took three masculine looks that you can wear from workday to weekend, and show you easy ways to add a feminine twist.
The Pinstripe
We all know that a pinstripe suit can be placed on the boring side of business, but Bassike have turned that all around and made the pinstripe suit look a lot more fashionable and edgy. Whether you choose one that has a nice tailored fit or one that fits a little bit looser (we prefer the latter), confidence is definitely key. Bassike have paired a loose and comfortable fit pinstripe suit with a black turtle neck, pointed flat loafers, slicked hair, and a whole lot of attitude. For a look with more contrast, swap the black turtle neck with a soft hued blouse and pair it with delicate gold jewellery.
Block Colours
Block colours – especially Bianca Spender’s take on metallic – add a bit more glam to work wear. It’s bold, attention grabbing and requires just as much attitude, or maybe a little more, than the pinstripe option. The key to keeping it slightly feminine and not so OTT (over the top) is in the finer details; soft and simple makeup, slim pants that are well-tailored, fine strap heels, and a flowy blouse. Strike the right balance in colour co-ordination by only sticking to one bold block colour piece (i.e the pants or the blazer) then build your look with neutrals that compliment it.
Classic and Timeless
Just like a little black dress, every woman should have a black blazer in her wardrobe. It’s an investment item that’s classic, timeless, and can pretty much dress up any outfit. Shakuhachi took the masculine vs. feminine approach by keeping the neckline low in this tuxedo style suit. For ultimate power dressing, pair the set with black pointed pumps, a silk collared blouse, and a bold red lip for the workday. Then opt for a polished casual look on the weekend with a white linen tee and ballet flats. For something different, try navy as a subtle alternative to black.

Image Credits: Lucas Dawson

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