Trending: Power Dressing

Once associated with oversized shoulder pads, red suits and 90’s Hillary Clinton, modern day power dressing is back (though it’s a lot more nuanced than the first time around – thank god!)

In 2015 this style is all about enhancing feminine strength and confidence. For some, that means high powered sex appeal via structured blazers, killer heels and sophisticated makeup. For others, power is all about a certain invisibility or quiet confidence: a pared-back aesthetic of lean lines and monochromatic neutrals, everything devoid of primp and fuss.

Whichever way you look at it, power dressing remains the style for woman on top. According to Who What Wear’s co-founder Katherine Power (yes, that’s her real name) “there’s no need to actually be in a position of power to dress powerfully. Power dressing is for anyone who wishes to display confidence, appropriateness, and professionalism.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Scroll down for inspiration- and let us know who you think works it best in the comments! For more, you can also visit our Pinterest board ‘Audrey Power.’

Karlie Kloss in a minimalistic, caped look. Image: style.com

Karlie Kloss embodies the look of calm confidence via a minimalistic cape, slim lines and feminine touches. Image: style.com

Phoebe Philo of Celine and Katherine Power, founder of Who What Wear. Images: http://www.fashionsphinx.com/ and vogue.com

Phoebe Philo of Celine and Katherine Power, founder of Who What Wear are known for their “matter of fact” style. Images: http://www.fashionsphinx.com/ and vogue.com

Bianca Jagger: thezoereport.com

Bianca Jagger. Boss. Image: thezoereport.com

Images: Pinterest

Christine Centenera working her powerful Balmain blazer in conjunction with ladylike elements. Images: Pinterest

Image: vampmagazine.com

Keira Knightly could not look any more fierce in this editorial for Vamp Magazine. Image: vampmagazine.com

Image: fashiongonerogue.com

Daria Werbowy is a lean machine in fuss-free one piece for MANGO Image: fashiongonerogue.com

Image: http://styleonthecouch.com/

The ultimate power dresser, Victoria Beckham, sent these looks down her nameksake label’s runway for AW15. Image: http://styleonthecouch.com/

Image: http://az.alafoto.com/

Helmut Newton captured the essence of powerful women with this photograph from 1979. Image: http://az.alafoto.com/

Vogue Turkey. Images: now-wow.blogspot.com

Natasha Poly combines femininity with ‘the woman in charge’ vibe in this 70’s inspired editorial for Vogue Turkey. Images: now-wow.blogspot.com

Image: Pinterest

Strong boxy shapes offset with the finest fabrics at Balenciaga Image: Pinterest

Images: vampmagazine.com

Andrea Diaconu is the perfect embodiment of glamourous power in this shoot for Vamp Magazine Images: vampmagazine.com

Image: vogue.es

Model Karolina Kurkova is owning it in a maxi trench and serious attitude! Image: vogue.es

Images :Hermes and YSL, Pinterest

Ultra-luxe materials storm the runway at Hermes and YSL. Images: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

Taking one from the boys with a fuss-free monochromatic palette and pointed flats. Image: Pinterest

Images: Pinterest, mirror.co.uk

Who says power dressing has to be un-sexy? Olivia Palermo and Victoria Beckham demonstrate. Images: Pinterest, mirror.co.uk

 

You can shop some of my favourite powerful picks from the selection below:

 

What’s your take on modern day power dressing? Is this a style you would adopt or not? …Love it or loathe it? Weigh in the comments below!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Chad Wednesday 23rd January, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    It’s an amazing piece of writing designed for all the online users;
    they will take advantage from it I am sure.

  • Reply Xiaxiao Saturday 25th April, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I really love the smrt looking capes

  • Reply stephanie Tuesday 14th April, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Cool attires,looking great .check out some fashion jewellery http://daryalondon.co.uk/shop/aria-black

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Wednesday 8th April, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Love black and white. Always looks classy!

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 5th April, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I like a good suit.

  • Reply Mkett57 Friday 3rd April, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    This style is generally great for work, you cant help but feel smart and confident – providing it fits properly.

  • Reply Zerotolove Friday 3rd April, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Ugh, this makes me want to get a white suit asap!

  • Reply stels Friday 3rd April, 2015 at 10:52 am

    you go girls!

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 31st March, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I like the pale jeans with pale jumper look.

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Wednesday 1st April, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks whatthe ~ as noted in previous posts, might be hard to keep clean though *…in an ideal world*

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