Why The Power Pantsuit Is More Than Just a Business-Chic Staple, As Proven By The HC Founders

Let's talk about the classic pantsuit. Once associated only with powerful, influential men, the pantsuit within past decades has been reclaimed by women everywhere as a statement look for any occasion. The pantsuit has become an absolute essential for influencers and fashion bloggers alike, quickly earning its spot as one of the top trends of the year.

But a pantsuit is much more than a refined blazer with a matching bottom — it's a symbol of empowerment. As the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, Hillary Clinton used her iconic pantsuits as a symbol of power and perseverance. In the wake of #MeToo, Lady Gaga sported a rather large Marc Jacobs pantsuit at the ELLE Women in Hollywood awards last year, a fashion choice viewed as a stance of power and strength. Zendaya, Millie Bobby Brown and Lorde, among other young celebs are taking to the pantsuit trend to feel fierce and empowered. Even Barbie was recently spotted sporting an all-pink power pantsuit. 

Annie Wang, Stephanie Kaplan Lewis and Windsor Hanger Western — the three fearless leaders and founders of Her Campus — rocked a stunning range of pink power pantsuits for Her Conference NYC, driving home that very message of woman empowerment. If you aren't quite convinced that pink power suits are the must-have, confidence-boosting fit for 2019, the founders are about to convince you otherwise. Here's how you can get the #empowered look for all your internship, job and general boss babe needs: 

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Annie Wang goes for a vibrant orchid pink 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Annie's look takes note of the neon trend with a light orchid pink set. Personally loving the crop cut, which creates a super polished look to the set. 

Get the look:

Sundae Suiting Blazer, French Connection, Nordstrom, $268; shop now

Tailored Blazer, Boohoo, $52; shop now

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis wears a soft pink

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stephanie's soft and feminine suit features flare bottoms (a total power move, TBH). I'm loving how the pants paired with the heels create a super elongated and empowered vibe. 

Get the look:

Petite Straight-Leg Suit Pants, I.N.C., Macy's, $80; shop now

Notch Collar One Button Blazer, Express, $128; shop now

Windsor Hanger Western in a classic Her Campus pink

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Windsor's pantsuit is giving us all the hot pink vibes. Paired with nude bow heels, this look is totally channeling the Her Campus aesthetic and it. is. everything.

Get the look:

Classic-Fit Solid Blazer, Banana Republic, $179; shop now

Luxe Suiting Blazer Jacket, White House Black Market, $170; shop now

Whether you choose to rock a neutral toned pantsuit or go full-force with the pink vibes, a pantsuit — just like so many other articles of clothing — represent much more than just pieces of fabric. They channel strength and empowerment and pay homage to the strong leading ladies that came before us. 

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