Pantsuits for women - more than a “boyfriend style” look?
My main question concerning pantsuits for women is:
Why do a lot of women want to dress manlier than men? They no longer have to do that!
Because the old equation: “Men's wear = butch or even dyke” always lurks in the background, which is why women wearing pantsuits like to dress it up with very feminine jewellery or wear it with a colourful shawl around their neck.
To actually wear a full on male suit with a white shirt and tie is something only Drag Kings dare to do, and they then accordingly receive either recognition or shaming.
In my opinion pantsuits are a statement that signalises: I am levelheaded and efficient, now get to the point!
Basically a paragon for German chancellor Angela Merkel, a.k.a. “the personified pantsuit”.
Although it's not just Angela. Other female politicians wear this uniform as well. Black trousers and colourful blazers, simply the choice of colour varies. Hillary Clinton for example, on her first TV duel against rival Donald Trump she wore a blazing red pantsuit.
Even younger female politicians, like the American Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She's one of the rising stars of the democrats and got herself a seat in the House of Congress last November.
Surprisingly chief editor of Vogue Anna Wintour only made positive remarks on Angela Merkel's outfits: her typical pantsuits are authentic.
The pantsuit seems to be a power suit for many women. It's a symbol for the claim to power.
Let's get to the more delicate optical treats, than the ones mentioned above. Not just politicians love pantsuits but also cool women in the music and fashion world like Lady Gaga and Kate Moss. So far we've seen multiple variations of the ensemble: sporty at Versace, dreamy at Gucci, bohemian at Roberto Cavalli and masculine at Jil Sander.
But even in the fashion world the term “boyfriend” was added to remove the sales-damaging butch association, signalising that it was borrowed from the boyfriend.
And yet I can think of two women who made the “boyfriend style” look amazing: Marlene Dietrich, who got the female tux ultimately socially accepted and Cathrine Hepburn, who used to wear lose pantsuits and taught the women how to make it look feminine