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Are suits meant to make women more masculine? Does a woman feel less feminine in a suit?

That’s how some people certainly feel. Considering that as women moved out of the home and into factories and other blue collar work positions, it’s easy to see how once they started climbing the ranks and entering the white collar work force, they were no longer sure of what to wear as their dresses and skirts were not ‘professional’ enough. The skirt suit and pant suits are naturally extensions of the traditional male business suit to women. However, have there been suits built and designed particularly for women? It’s obvious that there hasn’t been considering that the last article of clothing some women would like to shop for or wear is the suit. If you ask most American women how they feel about their suits, most will confess that they aren’t too fond of the fit, the prices or the idea of wearing one at all. Sometimes, it makes one wonder if the suit was created for men.

Wearing a suit makes women less distracting in the workplace.

– Anonymous

Is that a real problem? Who’s fault should it be? Surely, wearing a suit makes women look more professional in the workplace – wearing a suit can exude power and presence by men and women when worn properly. However, are there alternatives?

Is it possible to have an article that would create the same effect as a suit for women but have it not be what we think of when we think ‘suit’? Meaning, looking appropriate, professional and classic but uniquely female? That will be one of Veni Vici’s missions as we continue to develop ideas and designs for women to look and feel professional without compromising their femininity.

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