How to Pick Your Perfect Power Outfit for Work

How to Pick Your Perfect Power Outfit for Work
So Sasha

The outfit you put on in the morning says a lot about who you are, and what your main objectives are for the day ahead of you. Obviously what you wear to work says a lot about what you do and how you see yourself in relation to your peers and work-mates. If you work in a school, in the corporate world, or in the fashion world, looking strong and authoritative can be a useful power play. Different work cultures have different settings and sets of rules, but a power outfit can be utilized anywhere. Here are some tips on how to pick your perfect power outfit for any occasion.

1. Most Office Settings

Chances are if you work in an office your dress code is business, to business casual. Some people may wear suits, but the majority of looks include pieces like khakis, trousers, sweaters, and buttondown shirts. There is definitely some element of "blending in" in a corporate environment. You don't want to look too flashy or distracting, but that doesn't mean you can't pick a power outfit with a bit of pizzazz. Try mixing and matching well-tailored separates like a blazer, a fitted pencil skirt, and a printed blouse for a professional look with some personality.

Our picks:


Shop: Zara


Shop: Zara


Shop: Zara


2. Fashion Industry

If you work in the fashion industry, you're gonna have to up your game considerably. You have a bit more freedom to show-off and use more unconventional prints and pieces to get your point across. My we suggest a printed maxi dress and long structured vest or long-line jacket?

Our picks:


Shop: Net a porter


Shop: Net a porter

3. Important Meeting/Presentation

Maybe you work in a business casual setting, or you are presenting an idea or a pitch to your company. For any high-pressure meeting or presentation scenario, you definitely want to bring your fashion A-game! Your power outfit should be commanding, but not distracting. In this case a full suit with a blouse may be a smart option. But if you're game, try a suit that is a little more interesting than just grey or black.

Our picks:


Shop: Topshop


Shop: Topshop

4. Teacher

If you are a teacher, a power outfit is extremely important. The kids you are instructing need to know who is in charge in the classroom, and the way you dress can inform their opinion heavily. You never want to dress like them, or they won't respect you as an authoritative figure. Dressing comfortably is important, but the look overall should be polished and easy. Try a smart turtleneck sweater with trousers and comfortable but stylish shoes.

Our picks:


Shop: ASOS


Shop: ASOS


Shop: Need Supply Co.

5. Court Lawyer

If you are a lawyer that practices in court, your outfit should be quite conservative. You should wear a more conventional suit and everything should be tailored perfectly. Choose a blouse that flatters and doesn't distract.

Our picks:


Shop: Banana Republic


Shop: Banana Republic


Shop: Banana Republic