Creating your own personal style is a rewarding concept. It allows people you meet to distinguish who you are as a person. Your personal style, however, can sometimes be difficult to translate into your work attire. Successful businesswoman that we look up to are aspirational for an abundance of reasons. Yes their ambition, talent and initiative is paramount but their equally successful wardrobe is also on their list of triumphs.
Finding your individuality when dressing for the working world can be a frustrating journey. However, you may just find your preferred style today. Whether you get inspiration for a bolder look, or ideas on how to experiment with finer accessories, there is certainly a way to bring out the fashionable side for each of us aspiring businesswomen out there.
Joining the prosperous family business — Swarovski — in 1995, Nadja Swarovski currently sits on the executive board of the crystal empire. Swarovski is credited for the brand’s successful fashion and corporate collaborations. The jewellery brand currently sponsor the CFDA Awards and the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards. The businesswoman currently resides in Britain and is employed in the company’s communication division. She definitely dresses the part.
The Crystal Conscious: Allow the jewellery to be the focus of the outfit
This approach puts the emphasis on the finer details — allowing decorative jewellery to take centre stage. Swarovski wore the look above to the CFDA Fashion Awards. We can see the eye-catching hue of emerald green and the subtle service the symbiotic necklace performs for a respectful and powerful attire.
Suit Jacket, £49.00 Topshop topshop.com
Dark Green Frances Top, £44.10 HOBBS at debenhams.com
Suit Trousers, £30.00 Topshop topshop.com
Iriza 100 Quadro Lurex, £525.00 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN at selfridges.com
Green Crystal Statement Necklace, £14.00 JON RICHARD at debenhams.com
Diane Von Furstenberg
The icon of American fashion, Diana von Furstenberg, has many successes and accomplishments. These vary from marrying a Belgian prince to more importantly re-inventing the workwear dress. Furstenberg introduced the symbolic wrap-dress in 1972, which, became the standard for working American women at the time. The fashion designer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA in 2005 and is known for not only her stunning designs but creating a brand that provides luxurious lifestyle products at an affordable price.
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Powerful in Patterns: Make a colourful statement for a memorable look
If all your clothes include a floral flounce of some sort, or you struggle to find a favourite colour this approach is probably right for you. Furstenberg’s style, as shown above, can be categorised to just that. She uses powerful patterns and prints as a means for conversation. Showing that she is colourful in power, both at work and in her wardrobe.
Purple Floral Print High Neck Top, £17.99 MANGO at debenhams.com
Knitted A-Line Skirt, £45.00 Reiss reiss.com
Chunky Gold Plated Bracelet, £75.00 TOMMY HILFIGER at firstclasswatches.co.uk
The Lebanese-British attorney and activist, Amal Clooney, is known for her impeccable career in international law and human rights. The lawyer contributed to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative and regularly assists the United Nations with commissions and tribunals. After marrying superstar bachelor George Clooney, the newlyweds donated the money they received from their wedding photos to a human rights charity.
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Business Bold: Elevate classic business attire with daring accents
Having a hand in critical tasks, Clooney steers towards straightforward business wear in bold colours for maximal effect. Seen above, we can see that the lawyer pairs a nude pencil skirt with a statement blouse for a crucial dose of boldness.
Classic Crepe V Neck Top Copper Coin, £17.50 FRENCH CONNECTION at johnlewis.com
Milano Wool Skirt, £59.00 WINSER LONDON at houseoffraser.co.uk
Grammer Patent Pointed Heel Court Shoes, £39.00 Topshop topshop.com
Winged Tote Bag, £69.00 CARVELA DINA at houseoffraser.co.uk
Film director, producer, actor and screenwriter sum up Sofia Coppola. As director of Oscar-winning Lost in Translation, Coppola has an impressive repertoire in Hollywood at just 46. Included in her list of achievements is becoming the first American woman to win the Golden Lion, which is the top prize she won at the Venice Film Festival in 2010.
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Carefree Chic: Minimal effort for maximum elegance
After an effortless chic look? Look no further than Coppola. This look requires a few staples and subtle details in place of colour for a perfect business attire for any situation. This is a perfect way to wear monochrome without looking like a waitress and is a great start to t capsule wardrobe. Start creating your workwear wardrobe today.
Trimmed Bow Tie Blouse, £24.00 JOLIE MOI at houseoffraser.co.uk
Fitted Cigarette Trouser, £12.00 Topshop topshop.com
Mason Lizard Barely There Heels, £25.00 Boohoo boohoo.com
Natalie Massenet is the founder of Net-a-Porter. The fashion entrepreneur and former journalist always displays an array of workwear marvels. Massenet became a chairman for the British Fashion Council in 2013 and announced in February 2017 that she would be joining Farfetch as a non-executive co-chairman. The entrepreneur is paving the way for young fashion aspirers, and her boldness can be seen through her daring clothing choices.
Photo by Yasco Otomo
Bold in Details: Accent pieces that provide focal points for fashionable ideal
To achieve the Massenet look, opt for bold cuts and designs paired with chic elegance for a stunning presence. Whether it by finding offbeat textiles in classic cuts, or highlighting structure in garments, this look will leave your co-workers speechless in the boardroom.
Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, £25.00 Warehouse warehouse.co.uk
Black Suedette Frill Trim Pointed Courts, £25.99 New Look newlook.co.uk
City Bag with Pocket, £19.99 Zara zara.com