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Jennifer Lopez’s See-Through, Netted Power Suit Has Us Seriously Inspired
by WH Staff | Mar 22, 2021
Trend 1: Power Suit
“For me, the core of every work wardrobe and power dressing trend, will always be an immaculately tailored suit. I always find I feel most confident to take on the day ahead when I’m in a power suit. Following the events of 2020, and as we continue to navigate our way out of restrictions, the traditional power suit has evolved and basically been reinvented. The need to be flexible and agile has definitely increased with people working from home and, as a result, clothing which is comfortable, practical and functional – yet still work appropriate – is in high demand. It’s all about forging your own personal definition of ‘Power Suit’ and making it work for your personal style and everyday needs, whether it’s a traditional suit, a suit paired with hoodies and tees or a matching co-ord set.”
Trend 2: Neutrals
“Understated neutrals and tonal dressing embody an effortless sophistication within the workwear wardrobe. There’s a strong sense of versatility and ease when working with modern day neutral tones – think olive, camel, monochrome – with each piece playing an integral part in building a wardrobe of perfect essentials. This trend ensures your wardrobe isn’t over complicated, but instead consists of a range of core piece resulting in easily styled outfits. A top to toe tonal look, for example a camel suit, blouse and beige heel, or an all-black look, is a very universal and welcoming trend to discover and play around with. It works with almost every existing wardrobe and the final outfit always looks polished, with an element of luxe. The perfect trend for all of us constantly on the go!”
Trend 3: All In The Details
“When it comes to power dressing, it’s all in the details! At Rebecca Vallance we put a special emphasis on attention to detail, especially with essential dressing continuing to be a part of our everyday life. Detail can elevate an outfit, particularly when it comes to our Sportif range, with luxe gold hardware incorporated into our RVS Logo Pant, ruched gathered sleeves on the Detail Sweater as well as understated embossed logos and luxurious French terry fabrications throughout the range. The small details empower the wearer, instilling a sense of confidence that their outfit is able to cater to anything the day ahead may hold.”
Trend 4: Androgynous Dressing
“With the recent growth of androgynous fashion trends, we’ve seen the rise of traditionally masculine details and shapes incorporated into feminine silhouettes and pieces. Mixing and matching traditionally feminine and masculine elements to suit your personal style will result in a cool, edgy take on modern day power dressing. Complimenting tailored suiting with slouchy overcoats, or even a hoodie, will result in a slightly more androgynous power look, perfectly balancing feminine and masculine details to create a relaxed silhouette and cool take on suiting. We’ve enjoyed exploring the new age power suit at Rebecca Vallance, styling back our iconic tailored suits with pieces from our Sportif range like the RVS Logo Hoodie and even the Terry Pant to achieve a casual, yet cool and edgy, take on power suiting.”
Trend 5: 80’s
“Power dressing in 2021 sees the return of the ‘80’s, I believe this is down to the inherently vibrant, playful and optimistic nature of ‘80’s fashion. Referencing iconic, statement details and trends of the ‘80’s such as strong, bold shoulders and silhouettes, blazers with nipped in waists, classic oversized tees and, of course, the notorious ‘80’s bike shorts in your workwear wardrobe will result in the ultimate power look. I’ve recently loved styling my blazers back with the Rebecca Vallance Sportif Rib Bike Short, it’s such a chic and cool take on power dressing – plus super comfortable. Where my day requires me to be slightly more dressed up I’ve loved working a statement sleeve or shoulder into my look, for example the Zuri and Fes Frill Mini Dresses – it’s hard not to feel empowered and confident in a statement shoulder!”
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Oct 18, 2021
It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here.
But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating.
Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below.
Uptown Biker, $240
What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre.
Q Speed Fuel Short, $70
We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials.
Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78
Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts.
Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90
Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband.
Session short Tights, $72
When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body.
Relay 3” Short, $48
Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too.
Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69
If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too.
Seamless Biker Short, $112
These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?