In the late 1970s and early ’80s, women began power dressing, not just for fashion but to ‘fit in’ with the boys. They believed that in order to be taken seriously, they needed to dress like they were a part of the exclusive boys club. Women began hitting the streets in loose pant suits, below-the knee skirt suits in sombre colours like black and grey.
Here are a few tips to nailing power dressing for the modern woman!
1. Suit up
Whatever your industry, it’s always the right occasion for power dressing. You can wear a suit, or perhaps a tailored shift and matching jacket. Think of the aesthetic of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein. When shopping for suit; pick a classic cut, a lightweight fabric and a neutral colour that suits you well.
2. Tailor is your friend
There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit, so make sure it fits perfectly. Especially have any hems adjusted to work with the shoes you’re most likely to wear with it. If in doubt, keep the skirt length just above the knee and the pant length below the ankle.
3. Keep in slinky
You want a great shirt that fits snuggly under the suit, but not so snug that buttons pop. Don’t go too low cut, though a little plunge is chic, especially under a jacket with lapels. Get an ivory or white shirt in a slinky material for a stylish edge.
4. Neat Feet
Shoes must be comfortable yet have a bit of height. Toes are a no-no. If you can pull off red-soled pumps with a pantsuit, I’d be in awe.
5. Read my lips
Red is the ultimate power colour. Red lips command attention like no other and the great thing is there are different shades to fit all skin tones.
6. Devil in the details
A pearl necklace, a brooch or a simple sculptural gold cuff work. Do not wear too much bling, keep it simple and elegant.
7. A timepiece
A fine watch speaks volumes, not to mention it is timelessly (no pun intended) stylish. Wear one. If you don’t have an expensive watch, no worries, a vintage watch will be less expensive and just as striking.
8. Bag lady
A good-looking bag that goes with your suit is a plus, aim for a more graphic logo style. The bag shouldn’t be so big that it looks like a weekend tote and not so small that it won’t hold your Iphone, wallet and a compact.
9. Finishing touches
I can’t stress how important this tip is with respect to power dressing. Cut and blow-dry goes a very long way. Wear minimal makeup, be well manicured and tidy your eyebrows. Grooming is important, not just for power dressing, but for life.