Power dressingPower dressing refers to a stylish clothing, accessories and hair intended to make wearers seem a lot more authoritative and competent and convey assertiveness and dignity in professional settings while keeping up with the urban culture.

Is power dressing for you?

The fashion revolution during the 70s was carried forward until the 80s. While the 70s was characterised by tight fitting clothes on the top with loose clothes on bottom, it was just the contrast in the 80s. Power dressing really evolved around this period. A wide array of accessories also came out to go with the main attire. The 90s was characterized by boxy looking suits with significant shoulder padding, double-breasted suits, shirts, big square briefcases, and heavy fiber ties.

Many people especially in the outskirts of major cities like Nairobi and Mombasa were overwhelmed with the new wave of cultural transformations which signaled change as the working and business class began to seek association with high rank of wearing fine clothing.

With the recent interest renewed in clothing and accessories in the country, designers have brought power dressing back. If you are small and medium enterprises constantly rubbing shoulders with the high and mighty in the business world and its social circles, then power dressing is definitely for you.

How to pull off power dressing in 2012

Here are a few tips we got from Askmen.com on how to dress to exude power and confidence.

The Mr. Hare Miller Scotch Grain shoe

Basic black leather shoes is a must for any power dresser. With their soft scotch-grain leather construction and a high-shine toecap, the slim shoes from Mr. Hare are a fine example of the simple, luxurious style you’re aiming for.

The Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Fine Striped Suit

A power suite must command respect and make you look and feel like you walk on top of the world. Brooks Brother’s Fitzgerald pinstripe suit is a shining example of a modern-day power suit. Where to buy: Woolworths, deacons.

The Geoffrey Beene French Cuff Shirt

French cuff shirts have made a comeback in the business world. To carry a polished look through your ensemble, opt for tastefully shaped cuff links in sterling silver. Where to buy: Manix stores.

The Kenneth Cole True Colors Briefcase

A briefcase is the most ideal bag for work because it makes you look like you take your job seriously and allows you to carry all your materials in one compact carrier. Kenneth Cole’s leather model features a handle as well as a removable shoulder strap, comes with a laptop sleeve for a 15.4-inch screen with two main compartments, a zippered document pocket, and room for your phone, business cards, pens. Where to buy, Enkarasha stores.

After all, a power-dresser carries the image of success and confidence in the corporate jungle.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Being small and medium enterprises doesn’t alienate you from a sense of power dressing. How you dress may also influence your moods and thought-patterns too. It’s ideal to follow the norm and adopt the current trends in business even when it comes to dressing.

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