Fashion Today: Women Redefine Career Wear

Twenty years ago, a "career" woman had a closet filled with power suits—with padded shoulders and double-breasted styling that aimed to place women in the same fashion category as men. Today, research shows that professional women wear a traditional two-piece suit less than a quarter of the time, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move away from suits is representative of women's comfort in being a female in the business world—and no longer needing to don masculine-inspired clothes to be successful. What that means is that today's career women are much more interested in fashion for the office—a fact that marks career wear as one of the strongest projected retail categories during the next few years. As a result, the fashion industry is clamoring to create edgier career wear that is office-appropriate and versatile for after-work, yet feminine and modern. Specialty store

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