What Do You Wear to Feel Powerful?

Posted June 14, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand
What do you wear when you want to feel powerful? Is the answer different if you end that sentence with “in the office” vs. “on Saturday”? Is there an outfit in your closet you to go to when you need to feel confident and ready for the day?

Let’s have a little fun today with the interesting, chameleon-like persona of celebrity Tyra Banks. See, if you’re like most women in business, your “power outfit” probably looks something like this:

Right? Black suit, heels. It just seems to inspire confidence. There’s a reason they call it the “power suit.” When I’m in my “power suit,” I imagine I am intimidating and powerful and look something like this:

Serious. Sultry. Beautiful. And everyone wants to give me money.

But here’s the question I’ve recently come to ask – can you (and should you) feel powerful in something a little different. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you felt powerful in something like this:

That’s the change I’ve found occurring with me lately. Maybe it’s solopreneurship, maybe it’s marathon training, or maybe, just maybe, it’s a newfound confidence. But lately, I’m feeling just as powerful in my running gear to run errands (and I confess, I may have gone to two meetings with friends in the middle of the week recently in head to toe lululemon).

So what’s the compromise? Whether you’re an entrepreneur like me, or work in an office environment, what is powerful in your clothing? Do you need to wear a suit to every meeting? Or can you get away with a casual day every now and again? Let’s ask Tyra Banks – perhaps we can all feel more powerful with a happy medium something like this:

And someday, maybe someday, we’ll find power outside the “power suit” (and if we’re really luck, we’ll grow Tyra Banks’ legs.)

Tell me, what’s your power outfit?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."