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U Magazine - - CONTENTS - By LANA EL SA­HELY

This month, it's all about power. Women em­pow­er­ment be­ing the cen­tral cause I fight for through­out my blog, I'm happy to be go­ing through fash­ion history and the changes it brought to a con­tem­po­rary woman's wardrobe.

Through­out the years, women were able to prove to the world that it was about time they get the re­spect given to the mas­cu­line gen­der. To­day, I want to celebrate the emer­gence of power dress­ing and its im­pact on the cur­rent world.

1. What's power dress­ing?

Power dress­ing is sim­ply the fash­ion style that gives women the abil­ity to es­tab­lish their au­thor­ity in a very pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment tra­di­tion­ally ruled by men. De­vel­oped in the 1980s, this style was very im­por­tant in help­ing the work­ing women have a new im­age in so­ci­ety. #e idea of a ca­reer woman started ex­pand­ing and the con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety was shaped to un­der­stand that women can reach high pow­ered job po­si­tions. For this, self­p­re­sen­ta­tion was ex­tremely im­por­tant, just like to­day, “brand­ing” is the most cru­cial as­pect. #e main idea was to ac­tu­ally de­crease the sen­sual facet of the woman, fo­cus­ing on the woman's fem­i­nine fea­ture.

2. What are power dress­ing main el­e­ments?

In terms of cloth­ing, it be­came all about power suits; whether it was a tai­lored jacket with a pen­cil skirt or a pair of suit pants with a blazer, el­e­gance came !rst. We can think of other clas­si­cal pieces like the lit­tle black dress, the kit­ten heels, the small purse, the re!ned jew­elry, ac­ces­sories made of pearls and oth­ers. So­bri­ety is key in power dress­ing; it doesn't mean a woman can­not be a style icon.

3. Who are the power dress­ing icons?

Most of these ladies were able to im­pose them­selves through­out po­lit­i­cal history while in­spir­ing mil­lions of oth­ers with their style. Here we think Mar­garet #atcher, Princess Diana and to­day Hil­lary Clin­ton and Michelle Obama. #atcher was the !rst one to ac­tu­ally go for power suits. Ac­cord­ing to Vogue, her per­sonal style was rein­vented in or­der to make her ap­pear­ance ap­pro­pri­ate for the role of Prime min­is­ter. She was con­ser­va­tive, pow­er­ful yet fem­i­nine. Her typ­i­cal power suits con­sisted of a skirt suit with a wide shoul­der and a sim­ple blouse. We can­not for­get her sig­na­ture pearl neck­lace and ear­rings. To­day, in my opin­ion, Clin­ton is the con­tem­po­rary icon of power dress­ing, es­pe­cially with her pantsuits. And as we speak, she has an­nounced that she will be run­ning for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion! In our part of the world, I would proudly men­tion &ueen Ra­nia, who al­ways makes im­pec­ca­ble choices when it comes to her out!ts, an ex­am­ple of power dress­ing all ladies in the re­gion should take a closer look at.

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