The famous costume designer Edith Head – who dressed Old Hollywood heroines such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn – once quipped, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”
She has a point. While confidence, inner strength, joy, and poise aren’t qualities that money can buy, a power outfit that embodies these attributes can. Whether you’re gunning for that pay raise or promotion, looking to impress your C-suite uppers, or you’re just in need of something to boost your self-assuredness, a power outfit can be the first tool that you turn to.
In a time where many of us have now returned to some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy (read: either fully returning to the office, or spending most of your hybrid working time in the office), the concept of power dressing has returned with us. In place of cottagecore dresses and sweatpants, power shoulders and sculptural frocks have taken over.
But what does power dressing mean for women who are always on the go? The girl who has back-to-back meetings and can’t be running around the CBD in vertiginous heels, or the mum who needs confidence-inspiring looks that can be worn at preschool drop-offs.
We tap on five local female leaders to get them to share their tips on what makes a power outfit.