While the term “power dressing” may seem stiff, it just means something you feel comfortable and powerful in that allows you to be more confident and perform well at work. Your personal style and comfort should not be a hindrance to dressing like the boss that you are. With this, we came up with helpful tips on how to dress powerfully without covering up your own personal style.
The Art of Power Dressing
You can master the art of power dressing in these easy steps:
1. Dress According to Your Profession and Environment
There is no one and done formula for power dressing. It can vary depending on your personal style and your profession. For example, if your engineering job requires you to be out and about, such as going to a construction site, then you should opt for a professional-looking outfit made from breathable fabric that you can move around in. Power dressing is a great way to show that you care about your profession and want to create a positive professional impression without sacrificing your comfort or performance.
2. Pay Attention to the Fit
The truth is you don’t have to spend a ton on luxury brands to dress better; just having good-quality and well-fitting clothes makes a world of difference. A simple adjustment like hemming pants or taking in a dress at the waist can be the change you need to feel more comfortable. When you feel comfortable in clothes that flatter you, you’ll stand a little bit taller and feel more confident.
3. Stay Well-Groomed
A “power” look is never complete without the basics: proper hygiene and good grooming. Tick off the boxes on your basic hygiene and grooming checklist, and you’re halfway done with your power-dressing routine. While this may sound like too much vanity for work, simply making the effort to have trimmed fingernails, brushed teeth, and brushed hair is really the bare minimum. Besides, staying well-groomed can mean that your co-workers and clients will pay attention to what you actually have to say and not that you have disheveled hair or unbrushed teeth. Staying well-groomed is part and parcel of power-dressing.
4. Show Your Personality
Most people might think that “power dressing” equals the usual navy blues and blacks (which are great basic colors to start with!). But that is just not the case. Your personal style should still shine through when you dress up for work. And if you’re still trying to figure out what your personal style is, try to find certain pieces that you think you can incorporate to make a powerful look pop even more. Make sure to also see which colors and cuts make you feel more confident and try to add those to your usual work outfit rotation.
5. Liven Up Your Capsule Wardrobe with these Essentials
Don’t be afraid to add pops of color and personality to your wardrobe. Essential pieces that you can mix and match are important in creating a capsule wardrobe. Adding them will make sure you’re serving style with your power looks but not crowding your closet with items that you will barely use.
Our Top Picks:
This reversible dress with an original art print on one side and full black color on the other side is a great choice for those who want to stretch their office wardrobe budget. Pair this dress with an oversized blazer and pointed heels for a no-nonsense boss outfit.
A soft chiffon fabric scarf adds a great pop of color to a classic outfit. Put this as a finishing touch to a plain blouse and pencil skirt combo, et voilà! Your power dressing routine is officially done.
A capsule wardrobe is not complete without a multipurpose top. The Marlene Top can be paired with fitted slacks and simple heels for a smart casual office look or tucked into a pair of dark wide-leg pants for a more meeting room-ready look.
Dressing up for work doesn’t have to be boring or serious. With Teelie Turner Fashion‘s collection of wearable art, you can create a wardrobe that you can wear to work while showing off your own personal style.