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The '80s Workwear Uniform Gets A Modern Update For Fall 2017

Power dressing is coming back into play, but with a lot more edge.

On the runway

Mulberry

From left: Jeremy Scott, Victoria Beckham, La Perla

Who says wearing a suit has to be stuffy? As the latest Fall 2017 shows demonstrate, the androgynous workwear uniform has been undergoing a revival. At Mulberry, there were skirt suits with oversized shoulder pads and checks. Jeremy Scott rendered one in a metallic hue, complete with clashing leopard and floral prints, while Victoria Beckham and La Perla churned out sexy, figure-hugging variations, by pairing it with a completely sheer top and sticking sequins all over respectively.

From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Oscar De La Renta

From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, La Perla

Elsewhere, brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Oscar De La Renta gave the pantsuit a refreshing spin, infusing it with bold colours – a cobalt blue, a bubblegum pink and even a baby pink.

 

On the shelves

From left: Cotton, Brunello Cucinelli. Velvet, Burberry

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Blazers that double up as show-stoppers are an easy way to work the trend into your wardrobes. Brunello Cucinelli’s striped number gives a mannish appeal, while Burberry’s dusky pink velvet option lends a romantic appeal. Or opt for colourful iterations with blazers in youthful, energetic hues.

 

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