A phrase born in the late 1970s, power dressing is not just about fashion. It is an idea that was designed to enable women to establish their authority in a professional setting traditionally dominated by men. In the early days of the fashion scene, many women started sporting suits, he most masculine, tailored version of workwear for men, hence devising a counter-intuitive approach to the very idea of power dressing for women.
But now, women executives and leaders all over are presenting a revamped and more feminine re-incarnation of this outfit. Power dressing is back and booming and we are here to talk about how the clothes you choose to wear can transform your take at empowerment in your workplace. Read on for some fresh ideas on power dressing for the women who want to leave an impression wherever they go.
The Boss Suit – All Feminine and Powerful
Gone are the days of the neutral grey suits, this season this is all about vibrant colors that do all the talking. Go for solid separates and invest in powerful, punchy colors that you can easily vibe with. Kareena Kapoor Khan leaves no stone unturned and creates her fresh approach to power dressing by stepping out in a royal blue pantsuit.
A statement turtle-neck collar and some gold brooches are all it takes to give the classic pantsuit a powerful, feminine boost. Also, don’t forget the glam, matching heeled pumps to finish off.
Tailored Fits Are a No Show in the Power Dressing Scene for Women
Whoever said tailored suits are a workwear necessity has gracefully been proved wrong then none other than Victoria Beckham here. The boss lady shows us how a boxy, over-sized camel coat can give off major boardroom vibes. Pairing up the suede coat with straight-cut grey trousers with wide hems, her outfit looks like she means business.
Glam heeled leather boots and larger than life retro sunglasses are all she needed with the outfit to show off her mean, dominant, absolute boss lady look.
Isn’t Black Just All-Powerful?
Another solid color that rules power dressing is black! This timeless shade makes everything look powerful and super bossy. Get yourself a classy all-black three-piece pantsuit. The Diva ruled in this look that featured a buttoned blazer, overcoat and striped straight-cut trousers.
Ace it with glam black heels and a neat top knot bun – the sleekier the bun, the better! Her bossy outfit has surely stepped the bar high for fashionistas and honestly, we have our eyes glued.
Paint the Town Red in a Hot Pencil Skirt
The pencil skirt is still ruling and this time is it making our jaws drop. Take it from Priyanka Chopra, the boss lady herself who strutted off the streets of Manhattan in a wine-colored leather wrap skirt tapered towards the end. The fiery red outfit speaks volumes about how colors and rich, plush textures can turnaround the entire idea of power dressing and give off major boss lady vibes.
Pair it up with a bright red silk blouse, tuck it in and get yourself a shiny matching handbag and you are good to go in a powerful, revamped version of the pencil skirt.
A Classy Dress That Means Business
A classy dress is not just super comfortable but it is all you need to show up at work with a major boss lady vibe going on. Just remember to go for neutral color palettes and minimal accessories for this look. Also, invest in dresses that go way beyond your knee – a grey, shiny midi dress would do just fine.
You can also choose nude shades of colors like peach or yellow ocher to ace this look. Get yourself a belt for the waist and finish off with a pair of pointed glam heeled pumps.
Power Dressing in a Saree for the Forever Indian Women
Hear it from the king of designing gorgeous traditional ensembles, sarees are a great way to power dress in this era. Pantsuits are great but we, Indian women would kill for the opportunity to sport plush sarees at work. Black is the color when it comes to power dress in a graceful six yards of glam and show.
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Whenever I think of power-dressing, I think of the saree. To be more specific, the sarees worn by the Queens and Princesses of India. Cecil Beaton’s photographs of Sita Devi, Gayatri Devi and Durru Shehvar are the epitome of high octane glamour and power dressing. In a saree. Featured on the model: Black organza saree with a jet border, paired with our iconic high neck crop blouse in ‘Mombassa’ style. The blouse has been meticulously hand-embroidered with thread work, appliqué and jet beads. A diamond and emerald mang teeka, cluster earrings and a massive cabochon ring are the power accessories. Winged eyeliner, a matte red mouth and a tiny bindi paint a picture of elegant old world charm that is both simple and powerful. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected]yasachi.com Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #SabyasachiJewelry #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi
Power dressing for the modern Indian woman is about accepting the roots and finding a way to make the eternal saree look bossy and powerful. When it comes to blouses, it is better to opt for plainer varieties or go for embroidered blouses with long sleeves and high-necks.
A White Suit, Trendy Ruffles and a Lot of Sass
This season’s revamped pantsuit look has a lot to do with ditching the shirt underneath. Also, this new approach to wearing blazers for women has seen the incorporation of other fancier trends of the season that makes this androgynous coat look more feminine and free. Case in point? Ruffle sleeves.
Ruffles are everywhere this season and tp pair it with the ethereal vibe of white is like making a permanent mark on the fashion scene of the year. Kareena Kapoor Khan tells us that pantsuits are far from boring as she pairs flared pants with the blazer, adding a subtle ’70s retro touch.
How to Make Power Dressing Fun?
Sometimes, subtle colors can do what bright red cannot. Redesigning the classic pantsuit, go for mild hues like seafoam green or mint green. Invest in varieties that have pretty textures to bring out a solid feminine vibe. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja looks all class but in a fun way in this pretty pantsuit with a wide waistbelt. Wrap up the look with classy heels and you are good to go.
Power dressing has evolved and with it, it has brought whole new options for us. From sarees to dresses to redesigned versions of the pantsuit, there is no end to this styling scene. Choose a style that makes you feel comfortable and confident and be ready to take over the world!
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