We can't wait to see what happens at the Oscars.
Words by Amy Lewis
Awards Season 2018 has been the year of Time’s Up, #MeToo and symbolic white roses. So it’s little wonder that from the Golden Globes to the Grammys, and no doubt the Oscars, the biggest fashion trend to dominate the red carpet is one that underscores that message of empowerment.
Yep, we’re talking power suits.
Be they sharp or slouchy, checks or block colours, well-tailored trousers teamed with coordinating jackets have flooded arrival carpets and after-parties alike.
Anna Kendrick nailed the trend at the Grammy Awards in a cropped checked suit teamed with a lace corset, while The Crown’s Claire Foy strided into the Golden Globes suited and booted in all black.
Even Beyoncé and Jay Z’s six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy got the memo, sitting front row at the Grammys in all-white suiting.
Meanwhile the 2018 couture catwalks affirm the trend is here stay, with Armani Prive, Dior and Paul Smith all sending models clad in chic power suits down the runway in London and Paris.
But here’s the beauty of 2018’s take on the 80s classic: everyone can nail this, and it’s easy to adapt the trend to your own style.
Not one for sharp structure? Try the softer Priyanka Chopra approach. Not a fan of muted tones? Bright block colours are in the mix too.
Keep scrolling to see our favourite takes on the 2018 power suit trend, with our tips on how to take it from the runway or red carpet into your real life wardrobe.
Anna Kendrick at the Grammy Awards
If you tend to feel swamped in suits, try Anna Kendrick's trick and opt for cropped trousers with a shorter jacket.
Alessia Cara at the Grammy Awards
Lace corsets probably won't work for the office, so layer up a simple white tee instead for a modern take on smart-casual suiting. Victoria Beckham is also a huge fan of this look at the moment.
Claire Foy at the Golden Globes
For full impact follow Claire Foy's lead and team wide cut trousers with a buttoned up blazer. While black always looks sleek, this works well with bold colours too.
Priyanka Chopra at the Grammy Awards
If you're not one for sharp or structured suits, try a softer fabric like Priyanka Chopra. Silk, satin and even velvet will put a more relaxed spin on the look.
Paul Smith at Paris Fashion Week Menswear 2018/19
Ready for block colour? Paul Smith has found the perfect shade of teal to transition your wardrobe from winter into spring.
Giorgio Armani Prive at Paris Couture Fashion Week SS18
Deep blue makes for an easy switch if you're tired of black or grey. Team shiny trousers with smart brogues or loafers to keep a formal vibe to flashy workwear.
Christian Dior at Paris Couture Fashion Week SS18
Skinny or straight leg trousers with a nipped-in blazer is a great way to make sure petite frames don't get lost. If you're not feeling the bolder corset trend, layer a semi-sheer blouse underneath instead.
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