Style | Boardroom Fashion: Boldly dressed for success


Stylesheets compiled by Shadders Africa

You don’t have to dress like a man to look bold and strong. You can power-dress without stripping away your femininity. Be it for a job interview, or boardroom meeting or for that bright and sunny day when you wake up feeling like a boss, GoWoman has teamed up with Shadders Africa to bring you some boldly beautiful power-dressing looks. You can’t always wear the same black or navy two-piece suit or dress. So here is our guide to spicing up your look with a sprinkling of soft feminine accents and your colourful personality especially as summer is on its way for those of us in the diaspora. Take inspiration. Embrace your femininity. Dress boldly for success.

5 Power-dressing Tips:

* Think about your body shape and wear whatever flatters you most.

* Look feminine. Emphasise your waist for a nice silhouette.

* Structured looks are strong and they tend to emulate power.

* Add a bit of you; through colour or accessories, let your personality shine through.

* Be comfortable.

“When it comes to power-dressing, I am usually inspired by women in high positions such as Michelle Obama, Yulia Tymoshenko, Sheryl Sandberg, Sarah Palin, Marissa Mayer, Victoria Beckham and Grace Coddington. Power-dressing in my opinion is frozen in time, inspired by intelligent and sophisticated women at the height of their careers. Making the corporate look chic and trendy has never been easier; add fitted blazers, midi length skirts and dresses paired with big tote handbags and pumps. Can be dressed up and down if you are hopping from one meeting to the other. You can easily carry off this look by adding a splash of colour, keeping your looks simple and clean whilst climbing your way to the top.” – Ellie from Shadders Africa











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