power dressing

power dressing
   A repercussion of the rise in numbers of women entering the workforce, power dressing evolved in the late 1970s as an appropriate form of dress for the office. Power dressers wore sharp, tailored suits with padded shoulders, crisp shirts and court shoes creating a sharp silhouette. This look attempted to address the problem of an appropriate mode of dress for working women, as by the nineteenth-century the male suit had become the metonymic signifier of the world of work, materialism and power. Consequently, the dress of the working woman was problematical as traditionally a woman dressed in expensive clothes was not making a statement about herself but about a man. Power dressers were working women whose dress signified status.
   See also: women in business

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