WHAT do Diana, Princess of Wales, Naomi Campbell and Margaret Thatcher have in common? They were all masters of power dressing and are the subjects of an exhibition at the London Design Museum, Women Fashion Power, which opened this week. Fear not, this is not a retrospective celebrating clichéd visions of Eighties shoulder pads – instead it focuses on the language of fashion and those women who are fluent in it: Michelle Obama, Vivienne Westwood, Anne Hidalgo (the mayor of Paris) , Kate Middleton are all subjects too. Trying to make an impression via your wardrobe?
Here are Our Top Style Rules to the New Power Dressing.
Wallflowers need not apply. The new power-dressing is about matching your corporate wardrobe to an optimistic, fearless state of mind. Head-to-toe color is an easy way to make an impression.
A bold, angular shoulder says stature. Think Margiela rather than Dynasty, the contemporary take has the silhouette but not the shoulder pads.
Shelve the trainers and step into a sharp toe heels & open toe sandals. Bottega Venetta, Prada and Victoria Beckham shoe the feet of power brokers from fashion to finance.
Never underestimate the power of confidence when it comes to your workwear arsenal and if anything brings a boost, it’s a great blow-dry. We’re not talking Dallas levels of volume – but do go for a polished, groomed finish.
It’s all about the cross-body bag when it comes to carrying your essentials. Ditch the oversized tote, do the edit and walk tall.
The pool slide is all well and good on summer holidays, but back to work demands a more polished approach. Even the slightest elevation adds professional poise.
Crisp, clean and perfectly pressed, the classic white shirt is a true power piece. Layer with a knit for colder months or overly air-conned offices. It’s a personal favorite and you’d always see my in one of these all around the year.
The mini screams action, the maxi whispers laid-back, while the midi is cast somewhere in between. Easy to style, it’s feminine without compromise. It’s on its way to become the new classic, and Like the new Princess Of Wales we too swear by it.
Make “see me, hear me” your new mantra when it comes to your accessories. Draw attention to your presentation skills with a bold accessory, or go for one statement piece.