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 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 are known for their “matter of fact” style. Images: http://www.fashionsphinx.com/ and vogue.com
Bianca Jagger. Boss. Image: thezoereport.com
Christine Centenera working her powerful Balmain blazer in conjunction with ladylike elements. Images: Pinterest
Keira Knightly could not look any more fierce in this editorial for Vamp Magazine. Image: vampmagazine.com
Daria Werbowy is a lean machine in fuss-free one piece for MANGO Image: fashiongonerogue.com
The ultimate power dresser, Victoria Beckham, sent these looks down her nameksake label’s runway for AW15. Image: http://styleonthecouch.com/
Helmut Newton captured the essence of powerful women with this photograph from 1979. Image: http://az.alafoto.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
Strong boxy shapes offset with the finest fabrics at Balenciaga Image: Pinterest
Andrea Diaconu is the perfect embodiment of glamourous power in this shoot for Vamp Magazine Images: vampmagazine.com
Model Karolina Kurkova is owning it in a maxi trench and serious attitude! Image: vogue.es
Ultra-luxe materials storm the runway at Hermes and YSL. Images: Pinterest
Taking one from the boys with a fuss-free monochromatic palette and pointed flats. Image: Pinterest
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!