Jessica Wang
May 14, 2018 9:13 am
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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

Mango
$120 (+$60 trousers) Mango SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while examining Pawnee park blueprints.

2Double-Breasted Check Blazer

Mango
$119.99 (+$80 trousers) Mango SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while studying case files at the brownstone.

3Fine-Stripe Blazer

Mango
$99.99 (+$50 trousers) Mango SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while navigating communication affairs for the White House.

4Unstructured Flowy Blazer

Mango
$99.99 (+$60) Mango SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while mulling supernatural cases.

5Structured Design Blazer

Mango
$119 (+$80 trousers) Mango SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while commanding Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit.

6Pink Suit by Boutique

Topshop

To wear while breaking down male-dominated barriers.

7Unique 21 Plus Size Leopard Print Two-Piece

ASOS

To wear while navigating ideas of tokenism in corporate America.

8Basic Blue Blazer

Zara
$49.90 (+$50 trousers) Zara SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear during chaotic town hall meetings.

9Gingham Check Blazer

Zara
$69.90 (+$50 trousers) Zara SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while examining crime scenes in New York.

10Unique 21 Plus Size Double Breasted Two-Piece

ASOS
$112 Unique 21 Hero SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while mending political affairs on Capitol Hill.

11Yellow Peplum Blazer

Zara
$99.90 (+$50 trousers) Zara SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while dismantling structural privilege.

12Lilac Mix & Match Tailored Blazer

ASOS
$60 (+$45 trousers) ASOS SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear during Olivia Pope & Associates meetings.

13Suit in Colored Check

ASOS

To wear while heading a branch of the National Parks Service.

14Calvin Klein Plus Size One-Button Jacket

Macy's
$94.99 (+$65 trousers) available at Macy's Opens a new window SHOP IT Opens a new window

To wear while highlighting female narratives in media.

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