Dressing well and taking care of your appearance goes hand in hand with feeling confident and dare I say invincible. Various studies have been done to see exactly how your choice in clothing affects your state of mind, and results have found that formal clothing is a great choice for inducing feelings of empowerment as well as fueling a more abstract and broad mindset.
Considering this, it comes as no surprise that powerful working women such as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Anna Wintour continuously make headlines for their style as well as their work.
If you’re looking for different ways to feel more empowered at work, here are some tips for dressing with style and power:
#1 Find your distinctive style
When you think of powerful working women such as Obama, Clinton, and Wintour, one thing they all share in common is a distinctive style. In her book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, Kate Betts says that Michelle Obama’s style is important because it exhibits that style and substance need not be mutually exclusive. An independent visual identity can work to reinforce a position of power.
Establishing a go-to look can not only save you time while shopping and getting dressed in the morning, but it can also help you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. There’s a reason Anna Wintour never changes her hair! So whether it’s your unique choice of color, silhouette or pants suit, adopting a signature look will help you to develop a recognizable and predictable visual identity which can communicate reliability.
#2 Don’t be afraid to suit up
I don’t think anything screams power dressing as well as a suit does. The good thing is that this staple item in any working wardrobe comes in endless variations, from casual chic to very smart so the options are plentiful and you will definitely find something that works well with your working environment.
Suits are also a clever investment as you can wear separate items with a completely different piece from your wardrobe to remake a whole new power outfit.
#3 Be wary of tailoring
If you do opt for suits to power dress, be sure to tailor your clothes as there is nothing worse than an ill-fitting blazer or trousers. A well-fitted outfit can make a world of a difference and make you look extremely sharp.
And this goes for any trouser or skirt you may choose to wear, the point is no matter what you’re wearing, you should ensure it fits you phenomenally.
#4 Choose shoes that bring you power
Of course, comfortability is key but footwear that provides some height can really help you to feel confident and motivated while conveying a sense of power. From making you walk just that slightly more feminine to reportedly enhancing your productivity, heels have a tendency to work wonders.
#5 Spend a little time every week grooming
From your hair to your nails, grooming is something that is often overlooked but nonetheless important. Prioritizing grooming can actually cut down prep time and elevates your overall appearance. Everything from functional hairstyles, low maintenance nails to healthy looking skin can send a message of attention to detail as well as well put-togetherness.
#6 Master the art of glowing, natural makeup
In this case opting for trends like the no-makeup makeup look can work very well. So avoid dramatic looks and work towards enhancing your natural features with soft and subtle techniques.
While these tips will most definitely help you to dress for power, remember that empowerment comes from within and therefore you should pay close attention to what is happening internally as well as externally.
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