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