My Ensemble: Power Dressing

The term 'power dressing' was first coined in the late 1970s and reflected the styles worn by those in professional fields such as business and politics. Influential women like Britain's Prime Minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher, and characters from top TV shows such as Dynasty and Dallas played a huge part in its popularity.

Power dressing is all about looking important. An authority figure, if you will. This particular style was very masculine in the 1980s (the decade that I was born in - cue Calvin Haris, Acceptable In The 80s). Back then it was all about the tailor made jackets with humongous shoulder pads and bright colours. In fact, those colourful accents still stand true to modern day power dressing though a little more toned down and now far more feminine.

Seeing as I'm currently on maternity leave, I don't really have anywhere to go where the dress code is corporate. Nonetheless, here's my attempt at power dressing for early autumn:

Who: With family
Where: To church
When: Sunday 23rd October 2011
What: Red silk pussy bow dress (Forever 21); 3/4 length, grey, cable knotted sleeveless cardigan (Forever 21); Patent peep toe shoes (Samana Shoes); Patent bag (Dorothy Perkins); Ring (New Look); Croc effect belt (Krisp Clothing); Red lipstick (MAC Viva Glam I)
Why: My monthly TM Lewin catalog came through the post a week ago or so and while having a flick through it, something (which escapes me now) triggered my mind back to the 2011 series of The Apprentice (UK version). My favourite dresser, without a shadow of a doubt was Melody Hossaini. Now that girl had corporate style and no one can fault her for that. That's when power dressing came to mind and I thought I'd give it a go but with a twist i.e. without the standard suit, make it relevant to the season. Also, there's something (unintentionally) Milan about this look. I like it. One of my favourite outfits that I've put together, ever.

What do you think of my attempt at power dressing? What's the best power dressing/ corporate outfit you've put together? What did it consist of?


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