Does power dressing mean dressing quirky?

Personality development, public speaking, power dressing, etiquette, and grooming – we have heard these terms significantly while growing up or attending finishing school. Most of us have attended one of these classes/sessions as a part of our curriculum. Today’s time and age demand us to move at pace with evolving times.

BY POOJA VALEJA

Personality development, public speaking, power dressing, etiquette, and grooming – we have heard these terms significantly while growing up or attending finishing school. Most of us have attended one of these classes/sessions as a part of our curriculum. Today’s time and age demand us to move at pace with evolving times. While digitalization has made the entire world one market/marketplace and working remotely from home has become the norm after the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s equally important to understand the importance of power dressing when we meet in person or even when we are at formal meetings. Power dressing defines you and speaks a lot about your overall personality and how you think.

One should not confuse fashion and lifestyle with power dressing because our individual style is all about dressing in a manner that makes us stand out and speaks a lot about our overall persona. It is not about your nails’ color, the brand of sandals, or the fabric of your suit. There is a fragile line between being in power with the current trends and dressing appropriately as per your own body type and age.

It is about your unique style that speaks about your power, authority, and designation and amplifies your strengths and individuality. Power dressing shows the effort one takes to make himself fit for a particular occasion, and it is not merely putting on clothing.

Some essentials one could keep in mind to dress right:

Maintaining high standards of hygiene

At most times, one is too lazy to throw his socks into the basket and land up reusing them. That goes the same with ties and sometimes even shirts. Power dressing demands each one to be maintaining good standards of hygiene. Smelling nice using deodorant and wearing fresh socks that do not smell or have holes or even shirts that do not have sweat from the previous wear. This is one of the most essential aspects of power dressing.

Keeping basics on

Power dressing does not demand you to wear the best of brands and pay through your nose. But on the other hand, it does not ask you to wear your grandmother’s skirt and pull out the most faded pair of pants with your shirts. So taking a little effort to wear ironed clothes that fit you well and are from this century (laugh) is ideal.

Avoid unnecessary skin show

Skimpy skirts or tops with visible cleavage are not recommended, especially when you need to show your designation, power, knowledge, or expertise. At most of these places, you are required to flaunt your inner ability and overall personality rather than show off your skin or wear something inappropriate for the occasion. Dressing appropriately to fit the crowd and still be able to stand out makes you look apt

Maintain your fit

One does not need to wear body-hugging clothes and extremely fitting, but on the other hand, one is definitely not expected to wear loose and baggy clothes that look like your spouse’s or your mom’s. Wear clothes that fit you well and maintain your style. Trying to ape others or wearing something that is in fashion but does not make you feel comfortable, nor does it fit your style might make you look fancy for a particular occasion, but there are high chances of you not being able to speak your mind out. So, create a comfortable style you can wear, not only something that works visually but also befitting your mind frame so you can be your best to show off the skills and abilities you are expected to be.

 

Look for appropriate colors

Every occasion demands a set of colors, although, with growing fashion trends, there has been a lot of breaking of colors.

Times have come where pink baby suits and pistachio green blazers or now called formals amidst brown and grey blazers. On the other hand, there are different kinds of stylish formal skirts with patterns and cuts. You have a wide variety to select from but ensure what you select makes you feel confident from within. Also, wear colors that reflect your personality. Wearing a shocking red when you are someone who usually wears brown and grey could make you feel fancy and fashionable but may not be able to allow you to be yourself. So wear colors that are appropriate for the occasion and also appropriate for you.

It is not about dressing quirky or looking fashionable and wearing some of the finest brands. It’s about dressing appropriately, dressing with style and finesse to make someone feel comfortable.

Imagine yourself meeting a teacher from the school who wore a highly fashionable short dress with shocking pink lipstick.

Or imagine meeting your psychiatrist wearing a short backless dress, and you had to lie right in front of her to speak your mind.

Not the best of situations, possibly.

Every designation, every profession, and every space requires its own kind of dressing. The same people could dress in the same way in a different place. So, it is imperative to comprehend your role at an event and what you expect in terms of a response from the audience. Your dressing should be decided based on the kind of conversations you are expecting with the people.

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