Believe me, it baffles me too - if you ever google or pinterest "women's professional attire," the results you'll get are completely confusing. I would say it breaks down to:The whole women’s business suit thing sort of baffles me as it seems the goal is to look like a traditional men’s business suit without looking like a traditional men’s business suit. To me, and it’s probably just me, they therefore have a bit of awkwardness about the design as they aren’t sure if their fish or fowl and try to be a bit of both. Male and traditional and yet still feminine.
- 40% clearly streetwear and not professional attire at all
- 30% ridiculous "sexy secretary"
- 10% mother-of-the-bride/fancy garden tea party
- 10% prep school
- 9% "English Manor Horsey Outfit"
What women actually wear in the office seems like a combination of what older teachers and secretaries stereotypically wear (think Chicos), Pam's bland outfits in "The Office," or once in awhile, a gorgeous business suit that looks feminine and powerful and conservative at the same time (the coveted 1%)