We all have a personal style, but when it comes to workwear, people too often think that to dress for success they need to forgo their personality and dress in a conservative, stale and even boring way. Perhaps out of work you choose non-conventional ways of dressing and mix high and low pieces, but then maybe you feel as though you can’t show this sense of style in your workwear. As a personal brand strategist, a big part of my role is to bring forward each person’s authenticity through their wardrobe and personal style.
It definitely is possible to infuse a personal style into workwear, and in fact, it’s something I recommend. Our message, our personal brand is communicated through our wardrobe before we even begin to converse. It tells people we work with important information about us. Maybe your workwear won’t be quite the same as what you would wear during personal time, but there are still ways to make your work ensembles your own.
Try the Modern Power Suit
One look you can make work for you is the power suit. Some people argue that the power suit does not exist anymore, but that is untrue. The power suit has simply changed over time, and we can make it exciting and fresh. The conventional options of dark colors, a string of pearls and pumps are not the only options. The exciting options of what the power suit looks like today make this outfit strong, boss, in-charge and yet still fashion-forward and sophisticated.
The goal with the modern power suit is to translate that we mean business but yet feel approachable and not cold or intimidating. On the red carpets and in the women’s empowerment movement, the pantsuit has dominated. But that does not mean that wearing a dress or skirt suit should be taken any other way than serious.
How to Style Your Power Suit
The key is to make your power suit your own. It all comes down to the details. Follow these tips to create your personal power look:
- Add a strong pop of color to your suit look. Perhaps you could incorporate a bright-hued shirt with an interesting lapel or sleeve to bring that boldness. You can even change up the color of the suit itself, opting for a white or bright colored fabric, for example.