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Wear Your Power: Fashion Items That Give Instant Empowerment

Fashion in 2018 is a bit more deliberate than what it was, say, in the last five years. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have infringed into style something that is a bit unexpected but necessary. International fashion designers like Prabal Gurung and Marc Jacobs are focussing on lending their art to these movements; the latest collections from New York, London and Milan showed bolder colours and more coverage on women as though they were heading into battle which, when you think about it, they are.

March is the International Women’s Month and, in the mood of what is going on around the world, women empowerment is more crucial than ever. Here are some items that will make you feel more powerful instantly.

High heels

“The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.”

This quote by ace shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, could not ring truer. High heels, to women, are more than just an aesthetic appeal; they do something to the psychological make-up, driving one to feel more powerful. The beauty of heels is that they go with everything, from jeans and a t-shirt or a full suit. Make sure your shoes fit right, take your time in buying the right size – not too tight, not too loose – and practice walking in them around your house.

Louboutin heels. Photo credit: Pinterest


Power suit

The term “power suit’ conjures up an 80s dowdy look and that is understandable because the 80s were one of the few times in history when the suit symbolised female empowerment at the workplace. In 2018, this idea means something a bit different. Instead of tweed or polyester, think leather. A leather suit is a modern interpretation of a power suit. This look is as physically empowering as it is psychological. You can get the look custom made by a designer to get the right fit.

Power suit. Photo credit: Pinterest


Intensity comes in different forms and, sometimes, to do more, less is required. Monochrome entails that you wear one colour – probably in different shades – from head to toe. This, however, should be done tastefully to avoid tackiness. What this does for a woman is that it drives certain strength not just to you but to other people as well because there is something overpowering about wearing monochrome.

Bonang Matheba in monochrome. Photo credit: Zumi

Shoulder pads

There is a reason the 80s are always referenced in fashion, especially internationally. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the Prime Minister of UK and that era was one of the heights of shoulder pads. It wasn’t just about fashion; it became a symbol of status. This look has been modernised today by using ornate fabrics in familiar silhouettes. Streamline your figure with this power-inducing style.

Toke Makinwa in a dress with shoulder pads. Photo_ credit: MDN

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