Power dressing

11 May 2018

Historically, women have had to strategically assert themselves to fit into male dominated institutions and work environments. Fitting in can range from altering your mannerisms to the way we look and dress.

This is prominent in the industry I work in - Finance. But is not rare across the majority of sectors including Politics, Law, Music, Business, Fashion and Science.

For many years, there has been a universal uniform that women have worn in the workplace. It goes along the lines of a midi, loose fitting skirt paired with a matching jacket, white shirt and black or grey shoes.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with dressing like this.

However, what is sad that in order to progress up the career ladder as a female, you had to "man up" in the way you presented yourself, instead of doing you.

Although highly insignificant in the wider scheme of things, clothing is still an issue in the ongoing struggle for women's equality in the political, business and social spheres. Just look at the case of Nicola Thorp, the 27 year old receptionist sent home from a big 4 accounting firm for not wearing high heels.



But times have changed (still not perfect, but we're getting there).Women are now climbing the ladder, with several Fortune 500 companies ran by women (27 to be precise). 

How women dress within a workplace or in general, can welcome unwanted scrutiny or be used as a secret weapon. Many political campaigns in the U.S. have been known to use fashion as a focal point to create discussion amongst the electorate.

So, introducing power dressing....

'power dressing'
noun

the practice of dressing in a style intended to show that one holds an important position in business, politics, etc.


In a nutshell, Power dressing is all about dressing smart and feeling confident within yourself to achieve your career or personal goals. There are no strict rules as to what power dressing constitutes of. Although I do have the 'go to' work wear/power dressing wish list as a result of my collaboration with online retailer Zaful.  My favourites include a stand out midi dress (absolute classic is this patterned midi pencil dress), or a simple yet edgy blazer, or a jumpsuit and heels (my personal fave for the office is a black wide leg jumpsuit). But what's most important is that you wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Presenting yourself in this way will always pay off when it comes to having the best mental mindset to achieve your goals, and slaying whilst you do so.

             



The role of clothing does not only do the superficial job of creating an image. Even if you choose to reject fashion, the way you dress will still communicate and form the basis of someone else's opinion (sad, I know).


Outfit details


Jumpsuit - H&M 
Heels - Office
Watch - Accurist



Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with Zaful. However all opinions are honest and my own.

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