Authority through the Attire

First impressions don’t matter-or do they? Think of all those movies you watched where a professor yesterday suddenly becomes the ambassador of the country today, the happy go lucky daughter who just lost her father and needs to fill his shoes in the Congress, a total fashion blooper enters the world of fashion to be the CEO of the brand. What’s the first thing that all those girls do? Get a makeover.

Authority through Attire

The braids and hair accessories disappear to give way to short parted hair, a long formal skirt or matching plain pants replace the colorful bright clothes, high heeled shoes take the place of probably the more comfortable floaters or sandals. A beaded chain maybe and a clutch-all custom made or branded. This is power dressing. Dressing to seem authoritative and to be taken seriously at the first look.

The former President of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is supposed to have begun this style of dressing. Rather, she boldly portrayed to the world that what you wear can make an impact and a strong one. Most powerful women the world has seen have a style and signature of their own.  Michelle Obama for that instance has single handedly changed the concept of power dressing, proving that personal style is power. She was able to pull off bright clothes and yet was taken more than seriously.

Its clichéd, but it’s all about the attitude not the attire. With the right attitude you could prove to be capable and authoritative even in a well draped saree. No better example than our very own Indira Gandhi. The conventional style of power dressing has changed with the people and the times, now ,it’s about making your own style and setting the trend.


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