The term ‘power dressing’ was bandied about in the ‘80’s as nonchalantly as tearoom gossip over lamingtons on Monday morning. Previously men dominated the corporate world, and women wanted equality, so they dressed in a style that helped them reflect their power and professionalism. Quite frankly the term used to scare me. Not only does it conjure up images of Joan Collins and her super-sized shoulder pads, but imagine having to adorn one’s self in a protective suit of ‘power’ armour (both literally AND metaphorically), just to be accepted in the workplace by our male counterparts?!
Thankfully the idea of adopting an entirely new dress code just to prove our womanly worth went out with Dynasty, and we now have free reign with boardroom attire. However, one obvious premise remains – and that is to dress in a way which makes you feel professional. Whether I’m strolling the village streets, lunching with friends, or about to embark on a day of back-to-back meetings, I know that if I dress well – I’ll feel self-assured and confident.
Structured classics can still be used as a foundation to exude your business smarts, but don’t be afraid to reflect your individuality with form, colour, and accessories. By all means be sleek and efficient with a tailored shirt and black trousers, but be daring with a bright scarf, bold jewellery, and statement shoes.
GET THE LOOK: Corporate Chic
Scarf: Amy’s own
Shoes: Black and white brogues by Joan & David
Scarf Ring: Icon scarf ring from scarfring.com http://www.liberatti.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/180/s/icon-scarf-ring/category/43/