In the wake of graduating, I wanted a look that said power, and what better way to achieve that than a suit. In no way is this appropriate for my field of study (Elementary Education); however, in this transitional period of really beginning to “adult”, I needed to feel in charge, unrestrained, and nonconforming.

In concept, pants suits were traditionally masculine, but with the evolution of fashion and tailoring, we can wear them as women and maintain our femininity. This is especially the case if you go without blouse underneath as I have here. I like sensuality. My blazer is boyfriend style, which worked in my favor, since the goal was to play with structure and blurring gender figures. I like the androgyny. Of course, the sea is vast for ways to pull off modern day power looks, but I stuck with all black, a color known to invoke the appearance of sophistication and the feeling of confidence.





the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events

The measure of a man is what he does with power.





of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white

“The color black represents strength, seriousness, power, and authority. Black is a formal, elegant, and prestigious color. Authoritative and powerful, the color black can evoke strong emotions.”


Photography: Keith Nixon


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