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|1 Aug|3 mins

(Em)power Dressing

Repeat after Beyoncé: “I slay.”
Olivia Drake
1 Aug
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The 21st-century woman no longer needs to dress for the power we wish we had. Newsflash sister: you’ve already got it. Unlike our past white-collar femmes who literally had to break the law just to wear pants (circa Los Angeles 1938, Helen Hulik was sentenced to five days jail after ignoring a judge’s order to change into a dress).

It’s been a dark road to hand-knitted pink pussy hats and ladies legally wearing the pants but we’re here and it is glorious. We’re living in the sunrise of the #girlboss movement, and if you haven’t already it is time to update your 9-to-5 wardrobe to reflect the times.

Forget the patriarchal rules of a mannish uniform, our new take on professional (em)power dressing is feminine, fierce and practical. We’re fly-kicking the old sexisms with our office sneakers and androgynous shapes. These looks are working smarter, not harder for a woman who needs to flow easily between her many modern roles whether that be WFH (working from home) or business headquarters. It’s all about the freedom to be yourself, no matter what your title. Tweak your office-approps with these elevating moves and repeat after Beyoncé: “I slay.”

Advice
|1 Aug|3 mins

(Em)power Dressing

Repeat after Beyoncé: “I slay.”
Olivia Drake
1 Aug
Share:

The 21st-century woman no longer needs to dress for the power we wish we had. Newsflash sister: you’ve already got it. Unlike our past white-collar femmes who literally had to break the law just to wear pants (circa Los Angeles 1938, Helen Hulik was sentenced to five days jail after ignoring a judge’s order to change into a dress).

It’s been a dark road to hand-knitted pink pussy hats and ladies legally wearing the pants but we’re here and it is glorious. We’re living in the sunrise of the #girlboss movement, and if you haven’t already it is time to update your 9-to-5 wardrobe to reflect the times.

Forget the patriarchal rules of a mannish uniform, our new take on professional (em)power dressing is feminine, fierce and practical. We’re fly-kicking the old sexisms with our office sneakers and androgynous shapes. These looks are working smarter, not harder for a woman who needs to flow easily between her many modern roles whether that be WFH (working from home) or business headquarters. It’s all about the freedom to be yourself, no matter what your title. Tweak your office-approps with these elevating moves and repeat after Beyoncé: “I slay.”

Thanks to Getty Images.

Lighten Up
White is synonymous with fresh starts so why not drop the boys club black and brighten your daily staples. Keep cuts basic, fabrics quality. Fluctuate between the cream and camel spectrum to simplify your morning routine. Understated tones let your personality do the talking, not the clothes.

Gender Fluidity
Unisex no longer means borrowed from your boyfriend. It’s a whole new neutral world of its own. Take your cues from a poised martial arts warrior. Aka the pyjama ensemble. This is a cool update of the two-piece pant suit only the power is in the softness and the breezy silhouette. Add a slick bun for full effect.

Swag
“The way you carry yourself is a source of personal power,” writes Amy Cuddy, author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges. She puts a new spin on the old adage ‘fake it, till you make it’. Before that talk with the boss, why not take a cue from Wonderwoman and get your hands on hips. Keep your eyes to the dazzling horizon and avoid the smartphone slump, this is a powerless pose.

Metallic supplement
Elevate your outfit with an inner bliss booster like a rose quartz necklace from CA Jewellery or Reliquia zodiac charm. Cosmic conversations need not be whispered in fear of office sceptics. Mercury retrograde made it mainstream. Rule of thumb keep accessories delicate so not to weigh your mood down.

Clip Art
Our millennial crush on hair bobbles just grew up. Nothing says ‘don’t mess with me’ like a polished part and shiny clip. Opt for modern silver and gold designs (save the coloured ones for weekend fun).

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