Dressing For Success | The Art of Power Dressing

Written By
Ryan Saunders

How you dress is directly related to how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. If you’re in business and want to communicate that you are the right person for the role, the one who holds all the cards, it’s essential to understand the concept of power dressing. 

What is Power Dressing and Why it is Important?

As the name implies, power dressing is the art of dressing in a way that communicates that you are in control and feel comfortable in your environment. Originating in the mid 70’s, the style initially made use of colour and structure to make the wearer appear to be powerful. 

In modern day fashion, this style has developed into a well fitted, often custom-tailored suit with a classic dress shirt. In addition to being an outfit that is flattering on the majority of gentlemen, it is one that will lend a helping hand when it comes to business deals and presentations. 

That Key Piece: Suit 

Well let’s start by saying that you can’t be power dressed without a proper suit. A suit says that you are both prepared and ready to take charge of a situation. It establishes your authority and leaves no room for doubt. Everything you need to know about your suit falls into the three categories below. 

  • The Perfect Fit

Before getting started on choosing your power suit, it’s important to make sure it’s well-fitted. A tailor made suit would ensure that it perfectly fits your body type with no baggy areas or extra length. Having an experienced tailor to hem your trousers, adjust your waistline or alter your blazer can make a world of difference and really set you apart in the business world.

  • The Best Fabric Choice 

Quality is especially key when it comes to the fabric of your suit. It is very easy to spot the difference between a low-cost and high quality suit. Luxurious fabrics such as silk or cashmere are perfect for that modern power dressing suit. On top of feeling great on your skin, they will instantly make you look the part and leave a lasting impression. 

  • Effortless Style 

Style is all about confidence and feeling powerful. A popular choice of suit for power dressing is a solid colour in navy or grey, otherwise one with a fine pinstripe. You can also take your style to new heights with a double-breasted jacket as an alternative to the standard single-breasted one. Considered as the ultimate sophistication, this look consists of two parallel lines of buttons featuring overlapping front flaps. Again, the trick for pulling this style off is the correct fit and when tailored professionally, it sure is a powerful look. 

The Power Tie

Often regarded as an essential piece to complete a look of authority, a necktie is one of the most variable accessories in a man’s wardrobe. It can be used as a reflection of a man’s personality and can make a powerful statement depending on the colour, width and pattern. We see ties used in this fashion all across politics as a way to influence and gain advantages. Don’t be afraid to be bold when it comes to your tie by using the power of colour. While red is the most commanding tone, blue for instance conveys trust and stability. 

Must-Have Business Accessories for Power Dressing

  • Shoes: Refined and elegant shoes preferably in black project the most formal image. Ensuring that they are always in immaculate condition and regularly polished will make you feel confident with every step you take. 
  • Socks: Choose socks which cover your calves as they are the most elegant kind to pair with a suit. Match your socks to the colour of your trousers for extra points.
  • Wristwatch: This a key accessory for power dressing. Be sure that your metals all match, including your belt buckle, cufflinks and tie clip. 
  • Belt: A leather belt which matches the colour of your shoes is best.
  • Pocket Square: Whether it’s a white crisp linen or a bold colour silk, pocket squares help to inject some personality into your look.

When it comes to power dressing, the bottom line is that the concept may mean something different to all of us. It’s all about owning your outfit, looking your best and feeling confident. 

The ultimate style in fashion are clothes that look, feel and fit exactly how you want them to – that is where the real power lies. Our mission is to instill this feeling into each and every item of clothing we tailor make here at Greylan. Learn more about our made-to-measure services and discover what power dressing means to you.

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