Power dress­ing has changed dra­mat­i­cally over the years. Here is your ‘what to wear to work’ guide from No.1...


Big shoul­der pads, a two-piece suit, and killer heels used to be the epit­ome of power dress­ing in the 1980s as ca­reer women strived for the role they wanted. Fash­ion has changed dra­mat­i­cally since then, but ca­reer women are still show­cas­ing their style – and am­bi­tion – in the work­place. You clothes say a lot about you. Here is our No.1 guide on how to dress for suc­cess... 1. TAI­LOR­ING IS FLAT­TER­ING From sharply cut suits, smart work dresses and fit­ted jack­ets, tai­lored work­wear en­sures you not only look sharp, but are also dressed for suc­cess. Tai­lored cloth­ing pays more at­ten­tion to de­tail, has flat­ter­ing cuts, and im­proved seams, which trans­forms your look. But you don’t need to book an ap­point­ment at an exclusive Sav­ille Row tai­lors to nail the look, just hit the high street in­stead! It’s worth spend­ing a lit­tle more on your work­wear be­cause you wear it so of­ten! 2. ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR Head-to-toe black is al­ways a safe op­tion but try in­tro­duc­ing a splash of colour to your work wardrobe. Colour, when worn cor­rectly, can still main­tain pro­fes­sion­al­ism while giv­ing you the edge. Cer­tain colours give us power. For ex­am­ple, did you know that red im­plies con­fi­dence, bold­ness and power, while wear­ing orange sug­gests am­bi­tion and en­ergy. Wear grey and you im­ply re­li­a­bil­ity and in­tel­li­gence. A pop of colour stands out, and it will make you stand out too.

3. PRO­MOTE YOUR OWN BRAND Don’t dress like ev­ery­one else, be­ing well-groomed does not mean you need to lose your­self. Be sure to ex­press your per­son­al­ity in your cloth­ing, just as you do out­side a work en­vi­ron­ment.

4. EM­BRACE THE CLAS­SICS His­tory has done the hard work for you, in the form of ‘clas­sics’: stylish – but ba­sic – items that never go out of fash­ion. Stick to them in the work­place. What makes a classic a ‘classic’? Ac­cord­ing to fash­ion ex­perts, a classic works no mat­ter who you are be­cause it is ap­pro­pri­ate for dif­fer­ent age ranges and body types, and they are time­less. 5. DON’T RE­VEAL TOO MUCH Ex­pos­ing too much flesh in a work en­vi­ron­ment is never ad­vis­able. Keep neck­lines high and hem­lines low! Steer clear of re­ally short skirts, in­stead opt for flat­ter­ing above, or be­low, the knee skirts. Don’t un­but­ton blouses

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