In order to be a boss, one must first look like one. Here’s the foolproof guide to power dressing for boss chicks and all you need to know to look the part.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the boss babes that are driving forward their respective industries. In order to be a boss, one must first look like one. Here’s the foolproof guide to power dressing for boss chicks and all you need to know to look the part.
In the late 1970s and early ’80s, women began power dressing, not just for fashion but to ‘fit in’ with the boys. They believed that in order to be taken seriously, they needed to dress like they were a part of the exclusive boys club. Women began hitting the streets in loose pant suits, below-the knee skirt suits in sombre colours like black and grey.
“Anything else at work is unthinkable,” claimed John T. Molloy in his best-selling 1977 manual, The Woman’s Dress for Success Book. Having spent years conducting ‘scientific’research, the image guru also counselled women to avoid platform shoes, peasant dresses, floral patterns, and sweaters. “[They] give out nothing but negative impulses,” he claimed.
The rules of engagement have changed somewhat and now women have their feet firmly planted in board rooms and execs offices all over the world but the trend of power dressing lives on.
Here are a few tips to nailing power dressing for the modern woman!