“When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her.
The more parts of yourself you can afford to forget the more charm you have.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Historically the term “power dressing” evolved in the 70’s and 80’s when women were starting to enter the workforce. In order to demonstrate authority and to be taken seriously in an environment dominated by men they had to hide their feminity: which meant they wore suits with big shoulder pads. It actually was pretty essential for women to dress conservatively if they didn’t want to get immediately objectified. So, power dressing back then basically meant to dress like a man or matching as couples
Luckily, a lot has changed since then – but a lot just did not.
Until today, a woman has to select her outfit very carefully if she works in a business environment. A skirt that is slightly too short or too tight so that it emphasizes her curves just a little too much? It will get noticed and have an immediate effect on how she is treated by men. At least that is my personal experience. Same with wearing a neckline that is slightly too deep. And all these things.
Luckily, when we are speaking of power dressing in 2017 it means wearing an outfit that makes you both feel and look confident, strong and empowered. For me personally, this at the same time means, an outfit that still is not too sexy – that is feminine without being intrusive.
So how does power dressing look like for me personally?
Something like this outfit. No wild colors to attract too much attention and too much talking. It’s classy, elegant but still comfy to wear. And, most importantly: It’s tailored to your body. So that it looks & feels like your second skin, and you can almost forget what you are wearing, because you know it just belongs to you. And then you can conquer the world.