International Women’s Day: Building your power wardrobe
1st March 2019
With International Women’s Day just around the corner, take inspiration from this annual event to step up and show everyone that you’re the leader. Whether you’re heading to a meeting at the office or just want to flaunt your feminine power, a power wardrobe can boost your confidence and let everyone know you truly are a boss lady.
Incorporating elements of power dressing into your everyday wardrobe is easy, giving you the confidence to smash whatever is on the agenda that day.
What is a power wardrobe?
A power wardrobe is a selection of items that give you confidence and an air of authority – ideal in professional environments. Typically these wardrobes feature an equal mix of glamour and business, reflecting your personal style but letting everyone in the room know you’re running the show.
Need some tips when it comes to power dressing? You’re in the right place. Here are a few key pieces you can add to your everyday looks to start your power dressing journey.
The key elements of a power wardrobe
- A strong coat – Your outerwear says everything about you.
- A roll neck jumper – Think Steve Jobs style sophistication.
- A slip dress – The perfect throw on and go piece.
- A business blazer – Nothing says boss like a suit jacket.
- A jumpsuit – Easy to wear, always stylish.
Tip one: Pick up a power coat for a power wardrobe
Never underestimate the part your coat plays in your look – as it has a huge effect. Trench coats are a long-time fave for most fashion lovers and power dressers due to their timeless nature and flattering fit – but the sharp shoulders say, ‘I’m the boss’.
Trench coats look amazing over a wrap dress, especially when paired with heels or boots. Throw a sleek black handbag over your shoulder and you’ll be ready to go. They look equally as good with a plain white tee, denim skinny jeans and canvas trainers – the perfect look for a day of shopping when you still want to appear smart.
Tip two: roll necks all the way
Roll neck tops have become a huge style trend over the last year, and it’s not hard to see why. Figure-flattering yet modest, they’re incredibly easy to wear and totally flattering, making them an essential part of any power wardrobe.
Wearing it for work or college? Try it under a pleated midi skirt and heeled boots for a vibe that’s just as smart as it is stylish. You’ll be looking – and feeling – like the one in charge in no time. In fact, they look great under a trench coat with the high neck peeking out as it adds a cool contrast that lends extra style points to the whole outfit.
They look equally as good with mom jeans, a chunky belt buckle and trainers too, so you can look like a boss no matter where you’re going. Roll necks are surprisingly versatile, so grab some in different colours and get experimenting with layering.
Tip three: give ‘em the slip
International Women’s Day is all about embracing your power as a woman and celebrating all things female. It’s easy to confuse power dressing with wearing more masculine pieces, but you don’t have to tone down on the girliness to show them who’s in charge. Being a boss is all about confidence and standing out from the crowd, which this look is guaranteed to do.
With silky material, edgy leg slits and flattering v-necklines, slip dresses are simply sumptuous in nature. Wear them with fitted graphic tees and fresh trainers on a casual day or a white roll neck and heels for more formal occasions. Monochrome outfits are always striking and a surefire way to turn heads for all the right reasons.
If you’re worried about the length, throw on a waist belt. Short girls don’t need to miss out on this adorable style as you’ll be able to tuck the dress around it to customise the length.
Tip four: ‘I mean business’ blazers
No power wardrobe would be complete without a strong blazer. Smart, sophisticated and stylish, they’re a key piece to upgrading any outfit and letting your inner girl boss out. With a variety of fits and prints on the market, modern blazers are far from the bulky ones you’d wear at school.
Blazers will keep you warm in the winter and are perfect for throwing over a summer dress during breezy summer evenings. If you’re going out for a cocktail or two with the girls, consider wearing one over a fun sequin cami dress to jazz up the look.
Slay the game and go for that sleek monochrome look by pairing yours with fitted black trousers, topped off with a crisp white shirt. Add your favourite heels and start strutting your stuff.
Tip five: not playing around
Playsuits and jumpsuits are possibly the most effortlessly stylish pieces that a girl could own. Need an outfit but don’t have time to plan your separates? Just throw on one of these all-in-ones, grab your heels and you’re all good to go.
Jumpsuits can be worn for a variety of occasions: the office, university or the club. You can head straight from work to do the bar if you’ve chosen the right jumpsuit. All black is elegant yet edgy, giving you the best of both worlds in one look. Wear your favourite peep-toe heels or heeled Chelsea boots and a chain link crossbody to complete your day-to-night outfit.
These all-in-one looks can easily be styled for everyday occasions, where you may not want to wear heels. During the colder months, a teddy jacket and chunky trainers look amazing with a jumpsuit. If you’re feeling the heat, swap the jacket and jumpsuit for a shorter playsuit and denim jacket.
Now that you know how to build your boss babe wardrobe, it’s time to get shopping. Check out the latest collection from Superdry to stock up on all the essential pieces and to discover all of the current trends.