With summer just hitting us like we were a dartboard target, there's a new trend in town that's turning heads and raising a few eyebrows: the white power suit. Not black, grey, blue or taupe, but a dazzling, bright, unapologetically confident white.
But before you baulk at the thought of spilling red wine on pristine white fabric or navigating the city's grime, let's give you a few helpful hints on the way to perfectly master this audacious summer trend.
The Return of Power Dressing to This Decade
Whoever said power dressing was so last decade clearly didn't see the forest for all the confident women standing in the way. The white power suit is leading a charge back to the 80s, only this time we're swapping shoulder pads for a tailored fit, and beige for white. This isn't just a return; it's a revolution. A revolution where women are using fashion as a form of self-expression and empowerment, and the white power suit is our flag.
Remember when your mom used to say "dress for the job you want, not the job you have?" Well, if the job you want wouldn't allow you to power into a room wearing a suit that makes the fairy queen jealous, then why even bother in the first place?
White as the New Black
Black has always been the classic colour choice for power dressing. It's slimming, sophisticated, and easy to pair with anything. But as the mercury rises this summer, black is stepping aside to make way for a new contender: white.
White is equally easy to pair with most other colours without feeling like you're going to a funeral or turning into a human oven in the summer heat. You can pair a white suit with a crisp green, purple or blue blouse, or you can tone it down with black.
White is also fresh, bright, and radiates a bold sense of style. It's the colour that demands to be noticed. It stands out in a sea of dark suits and makes a statement.
Standing Out in the Crowd
Speaking of standing out, there's nothing quite like a white power suit to do just that. It's like wearing a sign that reads, "I'm in control, I'm not afraid of stains, and yes, I do have an excellent dry cleaner."
So, this summer, why blend in when you can stand out? Why follow when you can lead? Embrace the white power suit, and redefine the norms of power dressing. Whether you're in a sea of black and grey at a business meeting or at a rooftop party, the white power suit is your ticket to being unforgettable. Just remember to steer clear of anyone carrying coffee.
The Psychology of White
Colour psychology is a fascinating field. Colours can influence our emotions, behaviours, and even our decisions. White, for instance, is often associated with purity, cleanliness, and new beginnings. When applied to fashion, especially power dressing, white takes on a new dimension.
Wearing a white power suit isn't just a fashion choice; it's a powerful statement. It says you're fearless, confident, and ready to embrace new beginnings. It's a reflection of your ambition, your drive to succeed, and your willingness to carve your own path. And isn't that what power dressing is all about?
It's not just about looking the part; it's about feeling the part. So, when you slip into that white power suit, remember, you're not just wearing a colour, you're wearing a state of mind.
Finding Your Perfect Fit is More Important for White
Finding a suit that fits can always be a bit of a mystery. And while you can sometimes get away with a dark suit that doesn't work perfectly for your body type, a white suit seems to accentuate every seam that's uneven or pulled out of shape.
You don't want to look like you're playing dress-up in your dad's closet, but you also don't want to feel like you're in a straightjacket. The perfect fit is a holy grail, a quest that requires patience, a good tailor, and the willingness to spend more time in fitting rooms than you ever thought possible. But when you find that white suit that fits like a glove, it's like finding your soulmate - only less complicated and easier to alter.
White: A Canvas for Creativity
Think of your white power suit as a blank canvas. It's a chance for you to express your personal style and creativity. Whether you accessorize with bold jewellery, a vibrant silk scarf, or a statement belt, your white suit is the perfect backdrop to let your accessories shine. It's the ideal base for you to experiment with colours, textures, and styles.
Maybe you'll pair it with a teal blouse for a pop of colour, or with a leopard print belt for an unexpected twist. Or maybe, you'll let the suit speak for itself and keep your accessories minimal.
And let's not forget about shoes. The right pair can make your power suit sing. Just remember, white suit, red wine – a dangerous mix, but white suit, red heels – a killer combo!
From Boardroom to Brunch
The beauty of the white power suit is its versatility. It's not just for boardrooms and business meetings. It can be your perfect plus one for a night out on the town, or your trusted companion for a Sunday brunch. Pair it with a silk blouse for that important presentation, or with a sparkly top for cocktails with the girls. You'll be serving up looks that scream, "I mean business, but I know how to party."
All it takes is a little creativity and a lot of confidence. Pair it with a silk blouse and heels for that high-stakes presentation, a casual tee and sneakers for a laid-back brunch, or a sequined top and stilettos for a night out. The white power suit isn't just about power dressing; it's about dressing for any occasion. It's the ultimate fashion multi-tasker, proving that style and functionality can coexist.
Taking Care of Your White Suit
Taking care of a white suit is like taking care of a newborn baby. It requires patience, attention to detail, and a very good dry cleaner. This isn't just about keeping stains at bay (although, let's face it, that's a big part of it); it's also about maintaining the crispness of the fabric, the sharpness of the lines, and the overall 'oomph' factor. So, love your suit, and it will love you back.
Make sure your suit is dry-cleaned only, and keep it on wooden hangers folded so it keeps its pressing lines. Another killer tip for storing your suit is to hang it as far away from jeans and leather as possible. You really don't want that gorgeous new pair of jeans rubbing blue lines all over your suit.
Making The White Suit Fit (Almost) Any Dress Code
The white power suit isn't a one-trick pony. Oh no, it's an entire fashion circus. You can mix and match it with different pieces to create a whole new look every time, and make sure it works for the type of event you're going to.
Wear the full suit with an elegant blouse to a formal meeting, or wear the jacket or trousers separately for less formal occasions. Pair the blazer with jeans for a casual look, or the trousers with a colourful top for a fun twist.
Wear smart loafers for a day at work, or add a cute pair of heels to jazz up your outfit before going for drinks. The only place your probably couldn't adapt a white suit is for a wedding (unless you're the bride).
Breaking Down Stereotypes
The white power suit is more than just a fashion trend; it's a statement against stereotypes. It challenges the notion that women should dress "femininely," that power dressing is a man's game, and that white is an impractical colour for a suit.
By wearing a white power suit, you're not just breaking down fashion stereotypes; you're breaking down societal ones. You're challenging the norms, questioning the rules, and setting your own standards. You're expressing your strength, your confidence, and your individuality.
So, put on your white power suit, break down those stereotypes, and show the world that the only rules in fashion are the ones you create for yourself.
Sustainable Investment Dressing
In a world where sustainable fashion is becoming increasingly important, the white power suit is a natural choice.
White, unlike other colours, doesn't require the use of harmful dyes, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Plus, a well-made, well-cared-for suit can last for years, making it a wise investment that reduces the need for fast fashion.
And with its ability to transition seamlessly from work to play, from formal to casual, you'll get plenty of wear out of it, so the cost per use stays low. So, by choosing a white power suit, you're not just making a stylish choice; you're making a sustainable one. Embrace the white power suit, and do your part in creating a more sustainable fashion future.
The Future of Power Dressing is Now
If the white power suit is any indication, the future of power dressing is bright (literally and figuratively). It's about being bold, confident, and unafraid to stand out. So, here's to the future – may it be as dazzling as our white power suits.
So this summer, let's embrace the white power suit with all its glamour, elegance, and stain-attracting potential. Because, let's face it, nothing says 'I'm confident, powerful, and stylish' quite like a white suit. And remember, life's too short for boring clothes, so go ahead and make a statement.