Ah, the power suit. It probably brings to mind images of extremely generous shoulder padding, an ill-fitting skirt and sheer pantyhose. But it's not the '80s anymore; now, the modern two-piece comes in so many iterations that it couldn’t be further from its origins. Some are tailored and office-friendly (minus the football player silhouette), while others are so casual you could roll up to brunch in a blazer and slacks—but not appear overdressed at all.
The PureWow team decided to put the powerful trend to the test: We asked seven PureWow staffers to get suited up for a specific and not always suit-worthy situation—say, happy hour or a wedding—and then let us know how they felt in each outfit. The results (and photos, which we snapped at Queensyard, a British-inspired restaurant in Hudson Yards) are below.