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Fashion Week Find: Power Office Attire for Women


Although many of the new styles now debuting in New York City’s Fashion Week are too fussy, ruffled or feathery for professional women, there is also good news for female attorneys.

A long-standing complaint of many professional women that they can’t find appropriate designer clothing that is suitable for work seems to have been heard in the fashion industry, according to Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) columnist Christina Binkley.

“There were pieces in each of the collections that could augment a woman’s professional authority—while offering real style,” she writes. “For instance, the much-anticipated Halston clothes were a breath of simplicity. One suit with long vintage-Halston lapels was particularly noteworthy. And the collection from 3.1 Phillip Lim, with simple, sleek lines, was a highlight.”

Pantsuits may present a problem, however, Binkley notes. While the low-waisted trousers that were difficult for many women to wear are now gone, a new trend is toward very narrow pants that may be too revealing.

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