Power Dressing: The Art of Dressing for Success

Power dressing emerged in the world of fashion as early as the 1970s. It's often a generalised term that refers to a particular kind of attire that's associated with power, confidence and success - the smart, sharp dressing that's synonymous with the business world.

The concept was further popularised by women who adopted a more masculine style of dressing to achieve success in a male-dominated world during the 1980s. This makes power dressing not just a fashion trend, but a symbol of the social and cultural progress we've made as a society, a feminist movement that's reflected in our clothes.

Power dressing in today's world

In recent years, power dressing has broken the barriers of the business world and has become a part of our everyday attire. It has evolved into a more flexible and diverse form of dressing that can be adapted to different industries, job roles and personal styles. From pantsuits to pencil skirts and structured blazers to crisp shirts, power dressing has become a symbol of professionalism and confidence for both men and women.

But what exactly makes an outfit 'powerful'? In this modern era, how you put together an outfit  is more important than the actual clothes you wear, as giving off a feeling of confidence and authority is all about finding the right balance between comfort, style, and professionalism.

The Power Dressing Checklist

Tailored Fit

Top of the list is a well-fitted outfit that flatters your body and makes you feel confident. Find a silhouette that best fits your body type and invest in quality tailoring to achieve a sharp, polished look. To give you an idea, opt for a tailored pencil skirt that skims your curves or a blazer that cinches at the waist. When in doubt, owning collared shirts that are fitted to your size is a safe bet. You can also layer it up with a structured blazer or add a belt to accentuate your waist.

Neutral Colours

Hues in shades of black, white, grey and navy are timeless classics that exude power. They're also versatile and can be paired with almost anything in your wardrobe, making them a go-to for any occasion. However, don't shy away from experimenting with bold colours or patterns as long as they still maintain a professional aesthetic.

Statement Accessories

Power dressing doesn't mean loading up on jewellery or accessories, but rather picking out a statement piece that complements your outfit and adds a touch of personality. Pick a classic watch that matches the overall colour scheme of your fit or a find pair of elegant earrings, something simple yet noticeable.


Wrapping up our checklist is perhaps the most important element of power dressing - confidence. You can have all the right pieces, but if you don't feel confident and comfortable in your clothes, it will show. Slowly build your confidence by experimenting with different styles, finding what works best for you, and most importantly, owning the outfit you're in. Power dressing is not just about looking good, but also feeling good - express your personality and individuality through your outfit, and own the room with your confidence.

Let's redefine power dressing together

Power dressing can be intimidating for some. The good news is that we're here to help you build your wardrobe and navigate through different options, styles and trends that will elevate your fashion game. Peter Webber offers a variety of power dressing essentials, from tailored suits to elegant accessories that will empower you to dress for success - find your perfect fit and conquer the world with us!