08/21/2012 10:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Season's Hottest Trend: Powerful Style

I remember when women were just beginning to take their place of power in the male dominated work environment. And they thought that in order to be taken seriously, they needed to limit their wardrobe choices. Fighting for respect, they tended to favor boxy, masculine pantsuits, as if femininity and power had to be kept mutually exclusive. It seemed to be the unspoken rule that women had to dress like their male co-workers. Remember those pictures of women wearing suits and ties!

But, that kind of thinking is passé. Feminine fashion has reasserted itself and taken center stage in the workplace. From pastel colored pantsuits to printed pencil skirts, women everywhere are showing their style and still earning the accolades they deserve. Just take a look at our First Lady, Michelle Obama, with her sophisticated style, she’s earned a spot on Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list, while also landing on top of Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women. And ever since she first hit the campaign trail, she’s shown America that looking the part of presidential wife doesn’t have to break the bank.

Even Hillary Clinton, a woman of profound influence and power in America, has continued to update her wardrobe over the past 20 years. From the drab pantsuits of yesteryear, to the brightly colored suits with ruffled blouses of today, Hillary’s personal style has certainly seen some changes. But, her no-nonsense attitude that’s made Hillary such a success has not changed. Back in 2010, an interviewer innocently asked her, “Which designers to you prefer?” All business, Hillary answered with one question that ended the conversation: “Would you ever ask a man that question?” I’ve always cheered the way Hillary has redefined the role of women, proving she may be stylish, but she is still a take-no-prisoners politician.

So in celebration of personal style and the fabulous future of fashion, we've put together a slideshow of some favorite fall trends. It’s always hard to find just the right pant for your shape but this year we’re seeing so many different variations that I think there will be a perfect fit for just about everyone. Of course, we can't all wear exactly what we see coming down the runway, but we can get ideas and inspirations and make them work for each of us. As they say-- It's all about the takeaway. --Marlo, MarloThomas.com

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