What do fictional characters like Joan Watson, Leslie Knope, Olivia Pope, and Dana Scully all have in common? Well, besides the obvious fact that they represent strong female leads within the TV diaspora, there’s an additional (and equally important, if you ask us) common denominator: Their killer suits. Just as these female leads have reframed predominantly male-led narratives within pop culture, they’ve also masterfully reclaimed a predominantly male-worn fashion staple.
In Elementary, Lucy Liu’s gender-bent Joan Watson of the Sherlock Holmes saga rocks commandingly chic suits (and the occasional tie) as she cracks complex cases alongside Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock. In Parks and Recreation and Scandal, respectively, Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope and Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope navigate the ins and outs of government with their trusty, high-power suits. And in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully serves as the OG suit queen as she explores the supernatural alongside David Duchovny’s Mulder.
In honor of our fave strong female leads and their kickass suits, shop our picks below.
1Modal-Blend Suit Blazer
To wear while examining Pawnee park blueprints.
2Double-Breasted Check Blazer
To wear while studying case files at the brownstone.
To wear while navigating communication affairs for the White House.
4Unstructured Flowy Blazer
To wear while mulling supernatural cases.
5Structured Design Blazer
To wear while commanding Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit.
6Pink Suit by Boutique
To wear while breaking down male-dominated barriers.
7Unique 21 Plus Size Leopard Print Two-Piece
To wear while navigating ideas of tokenism in corporate America.
8Basic Blue Blazer
To wear during chaotic town hall meetings.
9Gingham Check Blazer
To wear while examining crime scenes in New York.
10Unique 21 Plus Size Double Breasted Two-Piece
To wear while mending political affairs on Capitol Hill.
11Yellow Peplum Blazer
To wear while dismantling structural privilege.
12Lilac Mix & Match Tailored Blazer
To wear during Olivia Pope & Associates meetings.
13Suit in Colored Check
To wear while heading a branch of the National Parks Service.
14Calvin Klein Plus Size One-Button Jacket
To wear while highlighting female narratives in media.