Mix and Match – The Return of The Power Suit

 

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millie ryan power dressing power suit workwear millie ryan power dressing power suit workwearPower suits are kind of having a moment right now aren’t they?

They’re my favourite 80s trend, and while I may be swapping out bulky shoulder pads oversized lapels for a slim tuxedo fit and ribbed chiffon (because sob sob I live in zone 2 and I’m not immortally encapsuled inside a Prince video), there’s no doubt they are having a moment right now, and I am all about it.

As much as a bold, beautifully matched one piece suit is a massive staple (and a super chic one at that) I’ve gotta step out and admit it – I just don’t think it’s me. As a day job I work 9-5 in a pretty corporate field, my work wear style is relaxed, but formal. I try and mix neutral colours with parisian prints (yes lot’s of stripes because let’s face it guys, if I’m not wearing a Breton in some form I’m probably not okay.) For me, I have to say that a block coloured suit, as incredible as it looks on some people, I mean did you guys see Louise’s post on this AMAZING Millie Mackintosh beauty? I’ve gotta admit I’m blown away – but I just don’t think it’s something I’m ever going to feel is right for me.

Finding your personal style is something that’s incredibly important to me, I feel like a really important part of that journey is not just looking a trend, saying ‘Ergh it won’t suit me,  my legs will look way too chubby in all these shapes’ (Hint – Millie of 2016 I’m looking at you!) It’s about looking at a trend, scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin, seeing how my other hustin’ babes are styling it and getting damn inspired.

While a block coloured slim line suit, might not be something that’s right for me – styling a tuxedo jacket with pale pink cullottes as work trousers and matching sunnies? Yeah I think that’s something I could sit in all day and be happy as a clam. Cullottes seem to be popping up everywhere all over the high street right now and as the girl that was nicknamed ‘Thunder Thighs’ for much of year 12, I’m bloody happy about it. There’s something about wide leg trousers that just makes me feel so comfortable. These beauties are an absolute steal at £13 from Primark, and I’m bloody obsessed with them.

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The mix and match suit is such a classic staple for me, I feel like by mixing different block colours with patterns, textures, it just gives such room for me to play around with ideas throughout the year, and also helps anyone planning a capsule wardrobe so much more outfit ideas in their collections.

Power dressing is something really close to my heart, one it makes me feel like an absolute sassy faced girlboss who can achieve anything and everything, and isn’t that what every career girl wants in her work gear? You want something you’re comfortable in, something you’re going to turn heads in and something that is going to make you feel like you can achieve, so you can.

How To Power Dress?

I really bloody hate those articles where they list 5 rules for a certain trend, style shouldn’t have rules and regulations that you have to follow, it should be something that feels natural, free spirited and just comes to you. But with power dressing like anything else, you have to use your own personal style to make it work for you. But these are the fail safe things I tend to keep in mind when it comes to choosing  bad ass outfit I feel is going to make me come out on top.

1. Statement Touches

There’s something about mixing pastels with black that just works. When it comes to styling a work outfit with a statement accent, less is generally more to keep it office friendly. You want to go for light touches of flair, (yes yes I know we all love that dude from Office Space, but no one realistically wants to go into a meeting with them do they?) The light pastels in this outfit just kind of make it for me, it’s the perfect spring touch, while the black still makes it corporate enough to not look out of place no matter what style your office is.

millie ryan power dressing power suit workwear

millie ryan power dressing power suit workwear

2. Think Professional

I know that a pale pink clutch would have looked so fierce with this outfit that I’m getting a little giddy just thinking about it, but it just wouldn’t be authentic. What do I realistically bring to the office with me? I bring my good old Kurt Geiger bag, it’s got 4 compartments making it the perfect work bag to organise a whole lot of my stuff for different needs. It can easily pack my lunch, workout smoothie, bullet journal, notebook for blog ideas, and actual corporate notes in the one place. Be practical when it comes to your workwear, because there’s no point looking like a girlboss, if you’re left stranded without the tools to actually go and girl boss it.

millie ryan power dressing power suit workwear3. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

I was the girl screaming at her piles of clothes on a Sunday night because nothing seemed to work the way I wanted it to. When it comes to workwear, I spent a whole lot of time wearing outfits that didn’t feel like me. Just because someone else had worn it and it looked put together, don’t be afraid to experiment a little, just like with anything else you’ll find your feet and you’ll forget you ever struggled to put together 5 work outfits a week.