Being a woman is so empowering, isn’t it? We’re strong, fearless, intelligent, creative, sensitive, and decisive: Now if we only saw ourselves that way! I always find this to be a fascinating contradiction, and as a personal stylist for professional women I’ve seen this first hand. For so many of us, we still lack that confidence in ourselves and forget that we’re empowered, professional role models. But I’ve also seen that lightbulb go off in women that finally realize how special they really are.
So how do we do this? How do we embody the women that we are by using our wardrobe? When I work with my professional clients, it’s always my goal to have that “mirror moment” as I like to call it. It’s that moment when I turn my client to the mirror, wearing an outfit that flatters her, highlights her best features, represents the woman she is, and shows that she is truly powerful. And then she turns to me and says, “I can’t believe this was in my closet? I look amazing!” It’s that moment where she sees the possibility and power of wardrobe.
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This is something I call Stylepowerment. It’s the idea that our wardrobe choices and our feelings of self worth go hand in hand. When we feel empowered in our style, that energy and feeling carries over into all aspects of our lives and career.
So let’s make some first steps for finding your own empowerment though style. These are my three secrets to becoming that strong, stylish leader:
1. Don’t skirt the issue.
It’s time to start wearing more skirts and dresses. Yes, the one thing men can’t wear that we can in a professional setting. It’s what can do to set us apart. But here’s the trick: Fit Fit Fit. Finding pieces that are tailored and flatter your figure is a must. To look powerful and feel confident in your skirt, I recommend shift dresses, structured/ tailored fit and flare dresses, and pencil skirts. While the skirt reminds everyone that you’re a woman, the structure and tailoring shows power. Certain silhouettes actually do project strength: think clean lines, sharp edges, and taut fabrics. Strong, powerful and empowered. And just think of how you will FEEL when you wear it Just the same.
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