Power dressing is vital to global business environments. HOT chats with Suneeta Sodhi Kanga, a renowned name in the field of etiquette training to find out more…
Suneeta has over 10 years of experience in delivering customized grooming and etiquette training programs for large corporate houses, globally successful organizations and a very exclusive client list.
In a conversation with HOT she reveals some great tips on power dressing.…
How would you define the term power dressing?
Power Dressing is a style of dressing in which business people wear formal clothes to make them seem powerful. It is intended to make wearer seem authoritative, competent and classy in professional settings. First popularized in the 1980s, it refers to an effort by the wearer to convey a sense of competence, confidence, credibility and professionalism through his style of dress and personal grooming.
What is the purpose?
In today’s world where people make opinions about you on your appearance, having the right dressing sense is very important. Dressing makes or destroys your image and personality. In this competitive age, average doesn’t get you anywhere. To be successful you have to look the part. Just having a good degree, innovative ideas, enthusiasm, motivation and a great personality doesn’t mean that an appropriate appearance is of secondary importance. You will need to look right to a prospective client, employer or subordinate who is making an important evaluation of you within 10 seconds of meeting you. And since 90% of you is covered by clothing, the dressing choices you make can have a significant impact and can actually be used to your advantage.
What are some tips that you would like to give women and men, when it comes to formal dressing?
- Dress for the position several levels higher (dress like your boss’s boss). If you want a promotion you must look like you deserve it and can fit into the post.
- Most recruiters or personnel executives realize if you’re just starting your career, that you are on a limited clothing budget, but they will expect clean, appropriate clothing that fits with the style of the company.
- Next time you think what you wear doesn’t matter, observe how people treat you when you are dressed shabbily and then again when you are dressed very well. After all, we are the biggest teachers of showing people how to treat us. The first step to being respected is to look respectable.
We normally associate power dressing with western outfits. Any tips on power dressing applied to Indian wear as well, especially for women?
- A starched saree, that is well-draped is the ultimate power dressing. A string of pearls or other tasteful statement pieces, with a neat hair style and good qualities accessories convey power.
- Blouses should be well fitting and never too tight. No stringy or backless cholis… No noodle straps!
- If you choose to wear Indian suits, make sure that 70% of your outfit is in impactful and solid neutral colours. 30% can be in bright accent colours.
- If you choose to wear prints, they should be muted and small. Again, combine with solid colours otherwise it gets too busy and loses impact.
- All bright colours should be in your upper body only and nearer to your face.
- Avoid anything that is overly embroidered, embellished or in any way too immature.
- Never wear clothing or accessories that make noise.
- Footwear should be of the best quality. Avoid embellishments or anything that twinkles.
- Remember that your posture, facial expressions and positive body language is extremely important to complete the look.
Armed with these power dressing tips, you’ll be all set to win over the workplace!