Most women find it hard to work in a male-dominated industry, but the stylish ones think otherwise. As Donna Karan puts it, “We've come a long way. Power dressing now is designed to let the woman inside us come through." Indeed, using fashion as one’s secret weapon never fails, especially if you know how to dress the part and own it. Corporate dressing may have a couple of restrictions, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to your trusty black blazer and pencil skirt every single day.
Take a cue from TV series Suits’ Jessica Pearson, Rachel Zane, Donna Paulson, and Katrina Bennett. These characters took girl power to greater heights with their brilliance and impeccable sense of style. Even Patrick Adams, the actor who plays Mike Ross, agrees. “Jessica’s outfits are a show on its own,” says the lead star during his press conference held in the Philippines just a week ago.
Read on as we break down the elements of power dressing and get inspired to dress for success in your work place.
Played by Gina Torres
As the firm’s Managing Partner (a.k.a. The Big Boss), Jessica’s outfits exude power from every angle. Her signature piece is a structured shift dress that follows the contours of her slender bod’. Just like Jessica, opt for pieces with interesting yet subtle details. Drapes and architectural folds add drama to your overall look but still mean business.
played by Meghan Markle
Formulating arguments through careful research is her forte, and so does dressing like a boss. Take note: Rachel’s a paralegal, but she has proven herself indispensable to the firm. Stand out from the sea of black shifts by going for bold colors. You can also explore boyfriend dressing by mixing-and-matching your guy’s pieces with your sharp and sleek separates.
Played by Sarah Rafferty
Who says secretaries have to look boring? Definitely not Donna! If you love black (who doesn’t?), liven it up by adding fabulous accessories to the mix. Hair and makeup also make a huge difference, so change up your hairstyle and try a different lip color from time to time.
Played by Amanda Schull
The firm’s cunning fifth year definitely knows how to play the game—look sweet and harmless and then beat your contemporaries to the core. Her secret? Dress young. Inject preppy elements to your business outfits by layering a classic button-down with a trendy sweater. Stick to neutrals and finish off with killer heels to get that sweet-meets-fiesty appeal.
Photos courtesy of JackTV.