HOW TO WEAR A SUIT LIKE A BOSS / by Peter Nghiem

We all know how important looking the part can be to feeling the part. The corporate world isn’t always the most empowering environment for women – feeling confident and assured at work is vital.

1. “Suit” your shape

The most important part of looking like a boss is having a great cut and killer silhouette. It is amazing the difference that a well-tailored outfit can make; nip in items to create a waistline, accentuate curves, elongate your legs, the options are endless.

There is general advice out there about what styles suit which body-shapes; but most of us women don’t find into one of five categories. Opt for tailored advice and an individualised service to help you decide between shapes.

2. Invest in a classic wardrobe that can give you a lot of mileage

Lets be honest, we don’t all have the energy (or bank account…) to re-adjust our wardrobe every season. Invest in classic pieces that will stand the test of time and carry you through the seasons.

For a first-time wearer, the first port of call is always the neutral suit in black, navy or charcoal. You can wear those colours with everything and wear the pieces together or separately; dress it up with heels and a blouse to board meetings, wear the pants with a white top and coloured blazer for a more relaxed office look, or forget the top and wear the jacket alone with the pants and statement necklace for a stylish office-to- bar look.

To increase the life of the suit, we recommend alternating bottoms to avoid over- wearing the same pieces and allowing some rotation. Store your pieces out of season in cotton-breathable bags.

3. Wear clothes that make you feel powerful

We all have those outfits that make us feel great the moment we put them on and we walk with our head held high. Think Carrie Bradshaw in her striped Paris outfit. 

Giorgio Armani recently said, “[women] don’t have to wear a suit jacket to prove their authority…wear what makes you feel powerful.” Preach Giorgio.

4. Know your audience but show your individuality

Some offices have strict uniform policies and you need to be respectful of those if you want to be taken seriously in the workplace. Being able to show your personality through your clothes is still important – we don’t want to get lost amongst the sea of navy pant suits. We adore a flash of colour or hint of print. Whether that be in a statement necklace, pocketsquare, cufflinks, tie or even the glimpse of the red soles of your Louboutins.

Photo: Sarah Ann Murray

Photo: Sarah Ann Murray

5. Wear heels

It’s sad but its true. Heels give us the impression of power. Those extra few inches to look straight in our boss’ eye. Heel height can make us feel more confident and assertive, all qualities we want to nourish.

For us flats loving ladies out there stay tuned for our piece on power wearing flats.