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ROBIN wholesale halloween costumes GIVHAN The Washington PostThey have been called 'status wrinkles.'

They are the unavoidable crinkles ' the center-front Halloween Costumes Outlet whiskering ' of pure linen frocks after only minutes of wearing. There was a time when something so minor represented a danger zone for the upwardly mobile female executive who lived a sartorial life defined by prim business suits, starched shirts, suffocating pantyhose and a relentless quest for cookie-cutter perfection.

Knee-high leather boots worn with a pencil skirt and jacket could cause gasps on Capitol Hill. A sleeveless dress was a shock to the power grid. A gray suit was regulation business attire.

Elise Hoffmann, 55, lived through that era. jdfhggfhk In 1981, she was a summer associate on Wall Street when 'I got pulled aside by a midlevel man because I wasn't wearing pantyhose.' Duly chastised, she toed the line. But 33 years later and now a principal at Marshfield Associates, which manages $2 billion in assets, with an art-filled office that overlooks Dupont Circle, Hoffmann sports 'status wrinkles.' She also wears black leather skirts with lace hosiery, J. Mendel sheaths and dresses by Marni ' an Italian brand that shuns straight-line tailoring in favor of tucks, swirls and marsupial pouches.

The choices are not a matter of trend tracking. Instead, they speak to Hoffmann's professional identity, her experience, her self-confidence and the way power dressing has evolved over a generation. The fashion vernacular now allows her to speak with nuance.

'We are idiosyncratic as investors. We're financially creative,' Hoffmann said. 'I see how I dress as supplemental to that. I want my personality to shine through, as well as my good judgment.'

In the span of the working lives of women who now sit at the top of their profession, fashion has become equipped to speak to their individuality, mood and personality, as well as career gravitas. Women's power dressing, once defined by self-conscious fa'ades, has given way to personal style.

Most obviously, even on an especially serious workday, no one feels compelled to dress like a man. Quite the contrary. 'The younger professional women in development, which is male-dominated, they dress more feminine in skirts, dresses and high heels,' said Leslie Ludwig, a partner in the Maryland-based real estate firm JBG Cos. 'They're making a statement in a good way. ' They're more glamorous.'

The fashion industry has struggled with the aesthetics of female power for decades. In 1992, Donna Karan created her much-lauded 'In Women We Trust' advertising campaign, which depicted the swearing-in of a female president. With a mane of flowing brown hair, the commander in chief wears broad-shoulder, peak lapel blazers, body-conscious skirts, black opaque tights and ropes of gumball-size pearls. The look was a more sensual version of a man's business suit.

By the 2000s, that look of power had evolved into a reconstituted 'sexy secretary' aesthetic. A 2005 Versace advertising campaign featured Madonna styled for the boardroom in a low-cut ivory sweater, a tight-fitting pink skirt and stiletto-heeled sandals that required a fresh pedicure and a podiatrist on call.

Michael Kors regularly depicted women of means dashing for private jets and leaping from chauffeured vehicles in towering heels, fur wraps and skirts with thigh-high slits. And Dolce & Gabbana tailored beautiful jackets and skirts, but the women in its advertising campaigns typically wore them with corsets from which their bosoms heaved.

'For years, designers were creating clothes for a woman who was arm candy for a successful man,' said Vanessa Reed, a 47-year-old trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. 'She had reflected power.'

Women of clout ' such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ' relied on the classic minimalism and dusky palette of Giorgio Armani for their workday wardrobe. Others, such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, turned to the slightly more embellished Akris. The aesthetic was less rigid than mannish suits and more evolved than the 'sexy secretary' trope, but it still hewed to a reliance on some form of a blazer. And in the congressional ranks, that blazer was typically red.

But in recent years, fashion brands led by female designers, such as Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni and C'line's Phoebe Philo, have gained traction in Washington. Marni's sensibility is eccentric and artsy but also modest enough for a conservative work environment. And C'line and its imitators bring a rigor and restraint that is as ascetic as it is eloquent. 'That really didn't exist 10 or 15 years ago,' Reed said.

Women give a nod of thanks to first lady Michelle Obama, who has shunned the suits worn by her predecessors in favor of sheath dresses and cardigans. 'She dresses for the person that she is: mother, first lady, CEO of the East Wing,' said Reed, herself a mother of three.

Power equals freedom, and the influential young guns of the Internet age regularly flout decorum with their hoodies. Before them, Hollywood's top dogs took meetings in T-shirts and sneakers. For some women, rising in the ranks meant finally being able to exchange skirts for trousers.

Before moving into real estate development, Ludwig was in banking. She, along with her male counterparts, had to wear starched shirts and stolid suits to the office. When she wore pants in the 1990s, one male colleague wryly asked if it was 'casual day.' Her personality, she said, always had to be left in her dressing room. Today, at 52, she retains a conservative style, which is her nature but is not reliant on skirted suits nor trapped by the dated assumptions of some colleagues. 'As you get higher up in your career, you're willing to take more chances,' Ludwig said.

When Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of the real estate company Forest City Washington, was a trial attorney in the early 1980s, she always dressed for duty in a gray suit. Then she had an adviser tell her that (male) colleagues were only going to be looking at her legs. It was a demeaning remark that Salzberg, now 61, turned to her advantage. 'I bought a purple suit,' she said. 'Why bother with wearing ugly gray?'

That shared, mind's-eye image of female power remains especially fuzzy at the highest level: commander in chief. Aside from the short-lived television drama 'Commander in Chief,' in which Geena Davis played the title role, there's little that visually defines how such authority and strength might look on a woman.

Hillary Clinton is the only woman who has come close to reaching the presidency, and her attire has been an outsize focus of fascination and judgment. Observers are flummoxed by her appearance because there is no point of comparison by which it can be declared right or wrong. Her fashion woes are driven by our patriarchal angst.

'I think if costume designers were dressing the next commander in chief,' Bash said, 'they'd dress her like Pelosi. It's the theory of 'do no harm.' '

The question of style 'is one of the last issues of equity,' Bash said. 'As a woman, I hope the issue is finally off the table.'

In the quest for the perfectly eloquent workday ensemble, women often speak of feeling comfortable in their clothes but with an apologetic shrug, as if personal ease is a surrender.

But being able to focus on contentment might be the ultimate sign of success. 'What's my image of a powerful woman?' Salzberg mused. 'Let me think about it.' And she is silent for more than a few beats.

'There are no rules,' she said, 'only minimal standards.' And wrinkle-free is not one of them.

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