The Power Suits Us

Every few years and mostly in the fall, the “menswear” look emerges as a fashion trend for women. But this year, I think it couldn’t be more important. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Stein Mart, which highlight tweed, houndstooth and even varsity striping on jackets, pants, boots and even jumpsuits as a modern twist on the menswear trend. To avoid looking like Melanie Griffith’s pre-makeover character in Working Girl, I think subtlety works best when adding these into your wardrobe.

I’d argue that, right now, the power suit has no greater meaning.

Laser-Cut Luxe


On a recent trip to New York, I spent the afternoon at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and “the most fashionable museum in NYC” as it tags itself! One of the dresses was a laser-cut leather that created a beautiful scale pattern (pictured left), almost like an exotic snake. You wouldn’t think to find something that unique in T-town but lo and behold, Stein Mart is selling a jacket right now with a similar scale pattern (pictured right). As dreadful as local retail shopping can be, there’s a treasure or two to be turned up. Search “laser cut leather” on Pinterest for some other cool ways to wear it!