A decade ago it would have been gauche to wear joggers and the latest Nike sneakers to work. However, in this day and age anything goes! With millennials (myself included) looking up to the likes of jeans and t-shirt wearing Mark Zuckerberg and 70s rock n roll chic clad CEO Sophia Amoruso, it’s easy to see why power dressing has become archaic.
What is Power Dressing?
Since Chanel first introduced the skirt suit in 1920s, women have used fashion to communicate emancipation and empowerment. The term power dressing was coined in the 1980s, to describe women adopting a fashion style in order to assert authority in male dominated professional environments.
Power Dressing in the 2010s
With the rise of startup culture, we’re in an era where most people are taking a more casual approach to dressing for work. Many people are working from home, traveling to exotic destinations to work remote, making it easy to get away with wearing a sweatsuit or jeans. You may not feel the need to dress for success everyday, but there are times in every professional’s career when they find themselves calling on the power dressing gods! If you’ve been invited to power lunch, are negotiating a business deal, or maybe you’re interviewing for a new job, you’re going to need to look polished and powerful. Like they say: “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have…”
How to Look Powerful and Polished
Step 1: Grooming is imperative to looking polished. A neat hairstyle and understated makeup will elevate any outfit.
Step 2: Structured pieces play a major role in portraying power. This could be in the form of a thrifted blazer that you’ve had tailored, or investing in a pair of geometrically-shaped statement earrings.
Step 3: Poise. Unfortunately this can’t be bought, but it can be cultivated!
Modern Day Power Dressing Muses
- Victoria Beckham is every power dressing, mogul in the making’s style muse. The designer and mother of 4 makes power moves dressed in sky-high stilettos and expertly tailored vêtements.
- Amal Clooney’s attire is aspirational to every woman who is working her way up the corporate ladder. Chic outerwear and stately shift dresses make this barrister look like a boss!
- Solange Knowles has got the power dressing game on lock! Solo represents the new school of creative professionals who are using colour and attention-grabbing silhouettes to invoke a powerful presence.
WEARING: JCREW SHIRT | ZARA TANK TOP | ZARA WIDE LEG PANTS | TRENERY COURT SHOES
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—TRACEY CHÈ KING (@TRACEY_CHE)
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