Today I’m going to talk about power dressing.
I think that a lot of people associate power dressing with the 80s:
But, according to Wikipedia, the concept of power dressing was actually popularized in the 1970s by the books Dress for Success and The Women’s Dress for Success Book:
Wikipedia goes on to say that “while references to the style apply more typically to women, the look is the same for both sexes: medium-length parted hair (trimmed on the back and sides for men); dark, conservative, usually matching pants and jacket (sometimes a long skirt for women); and bold, colorful “accents”, such as ties, kerchiefs or brooches.” This look was supposed to convey competency and confidence and therefore, power.
As exciting as that look sounds, I’m not talking about 70s or 80s power dressing today. Today, I’m talking about knowing what makes you feel confident, and yes, powerful, and how you dress to enhance that. We all have something that we’re very confident about; something that makes us strut a little bit, even if only in our heads. These aren’t necessarily the things everyone else likes about us; they are the things we like most about ourselves. These are our power features.
For some women, this feature might be their sexuality, for others, their intelligence and for still others, their hair, a flat stomach, long lashes or even wealth. And when you dress to play up your power feature, I call that power dressing.
Personally, I consider my power features to be my height/size, my strength and my personality. I’m tall and I’m strong, but I’m also fun. When I power dress, my outfit reflects all of these things in single outfit. Like this one:
In this look, I played up my height with heeled boots and played up my broad shoulders with faux-epaulets created by the blouse. The wide, studded belt also shows off my strong shape. But, the look is fun too, lightened by the stripes and the bow on the blouse, as well pockets and neon pink earrings.
How about you, Reader Friends? What’s your power feature? And what do you do to show it off?
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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.
Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.
Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.