5 Wardrobe Essentials to Power Dress to Success

In the movie Picture Perfect, Jennifer Aniston’s advice, “Dress for the job we want, not the one we have” has become the go-to quote of every working woman. There’s no harm in dressing the part. And it’s actually easier and much less expensive than you think. With five timeless pieces, you can instantly turn your wardrobe to power dressing central.

From Vogue to NYMag.com, to Glamour.com, all agree that there are wardrobe must-haves for women who are on the up and up. But don’t get it wrong. Power dressing isn’t about owning the season’s trends or wearing greenery because it’s the color of the year. Dressing for success is all about building classic pieces that you can mix and match. Here are five wardrobe essentials a woman ought to invest in.  

1.  Classic Black Pumps

Forget Cinderella’s glass slipper. The woman of today would undoubtedly go for a great pair of black pumps in quality leather. This fashion favorite will carry you from day to night as it’s the go-to shoe for dresses, skirts, and trousers. Make sure to invest in a stylish pair with a comfortable arch and a heel height that your feet can live with for at least eight hours.  

2.  Tailored Suit

Consider this your power-up armor.  A blazer that favors your silhouette is a no-brainer essential in your closet. Whether you pair it with a pencil skirt or trousers, it’s up to you as long as suit fits you well. Some even have their suits tailored to their bodies. That is how crucial the fit is. Although printed ones are interesting, solid-colored ones can get you farther since it can be easily matched with other pieces in your closet.  

3.  Silk Blouse

Silky button-ups are great to have when you’re not in the mood to dress up but still need to look put-together.  They look great under a blazer or on their own with a half tuck and a belt.  These are game-changers in building your power look so it may not be a bad idea to invest in at least three different colors.

4.  White Button-Down

There are so many ways to style a classic white button-down that this could be the single most important item to have in your closet.  A crisp, white button-down gives you that instant dressed-up edge with black trousers, a pencil skirt or even a billowy A-line if you’re up for it.  As always, the right fit is key to a cutting and impressive look.

5.  Little Black Dress or The LBD

Thanks to Coco Chanel, the Little Black Dress is as much of a fashion icon as her.  The LBD can be worn with a blazer in the daytime and by itself, with a nice strand of pearls when you go off to your client’s cocktail event.  A shift LBD is the most classic style and makes you look feminine and powerful all at the same time.  Think Audrey Hepburn in her black Givenchy. Timeless, classy, and all you want to be.