Suits Provide the Perfect Power Dressing Look for Women
"Browsing around the high street shops, the new takes on tailoring for the autumn and winter are so appealing that I think if I bought just one I’d struggle not to wear it every day. Literally every day."
Words by Henrietta Easton
Louis Dell'Olio for Anne Klein, Spring 1989
Confidence, flare and an extra bit of sassiness - three things you need when starting a new job, or, when doing any job. I am currently on the hunt for my first job as I’m a recent graduate and let me tell you it is not a particularly enjoyable experience. But, keeping positive is the most important thing and no matter how many times you sit and cry about it, that is not going to get you any interviews. At all. So, in order to make myself feel better, I have been doing some (well, a lot) work clothes online browsing and goodness me that really does the trick. The thought that soon (fingers crossed) I will actually get to wear some of these outfits really is keeping me going and I have spent quite a lot of time putting together looks from my wardrobe and strutting around the house in them.
Whilst doing my styling and job-hunting what I realised is missing from my wardrobe, and what I think can make a huge difference to a female professional’s look and confidence, is a suit. Browsing around the high street shops, the new takes on tailoring for the autumn and winter are so appealing that I think if I bought just one I’d struggle not to wear it every day. Literally every day. A subtle, yet confident, unique yet professional, well-cut and stylish suit is the definition of power dressing for modern women in the workplace. It’s a way of letting people know that, as a woman, you mean business whilst also embracing and feeling confident enough to show off your style and femininity.
When I say a ‘suit’ I don’t necessarily mean the classic, yet rather outdated, tight-fitting pencil skirt and blazer combination. Although these can look fabulous, there are so many more modern options to choose from that will probably make you feel more like you. Slouchy tailoring, wide-leg trousers, flares, bright block colours, tartan, corduroy, and more. When it comes to tailoring in 2018 anything goes and, above all, different is stylish. If you need inspiration watch some old ‘Friends’ episodes because Rachel is the power suit queen we should all aspire to be.
For a professional woman a powerful suit could give her the extra confidence she needs. In my experience, clothes have magical powers when it comes to making you feel better almost any situation. All of my friends know my ‘dress well for an exam and you will do better’ theory and I think that you can apply the same theory to jobs. Whether you are on the hunt and going to interviews, trying to establish yourself in a brand new office, or simply want to spice up your work wardrobe a little, it is definitely worth a try. Although I am in no way suggesting that you will be hired or fired because of your wardrobe, it would be difficult to deny that what you wear has an impact on the impression you give to others. Wearing an interesting outfit like a green tartan flared suit to an interview would definitely exude confidence, flare and make you that extra bit memorable. However, most importantly, what you wear changes the opinion you have of yourself. The feeling you get when you have tried on something as creative, and yet professional, as a suit is one you will not want to let go of. It makes you feel like you can do anything.