Dressing on the side
Written by: Brett Haynie
In honor of #internationalwomensday, I think it’s important to talk about the current trend of power dressing. This term refers to the time when women entered the workforce, beckoning back to big shoulders, pops of color, and statement-making accessories; walk into any store on Madison and these are the looks you are sure to see. The #MeToo movement and the gender pay gap have obviously played a role in the return of these trends - women are a force to be reckoned with and these clothes are here to prove it!
Power dressing today can mean so much more than strong tailoring or punchy prints and colors; it’s oftentimes a frame of mind. I have clients who feel most powerful in head-to-toe black, while others love to throw on playful pops of color; clients who feel formidable in a great pair of heels, and others who prefer the liberation of a flat. There is not one answer here - find what makes you feel like a #girlboss and go with it! Most of my clients reject current trends in lieu of what they know works for them - and I think that is the key here. Your style does not have to restrict or limit you, it should instead empower you!
I think it’s worth noting that while great personal style can boost confidence, true self worth comes from within. A professor of mine used to tell me to “get up, dress up, and show up.” To me, this means that an outfit is only as good as the person wearing it. Let your personal style help you not only to show up, but to show the world who you truly are.