In today’s job market, having that competitive edge of great style and confidence is key when pursuing career success. And these BlackEnterprise.com readers know just how important it is to put your best look forward. As part of our BE Polished style series, readers sent in photos of their power looks and told what key pieces prepare them to take on the work world with flair. —Janell Hazelwood
IT Technical Support Analyst
My power look begins with my smile. It shows that I know me, I love me, and I am thankful that I am who I am. Also, I love a nice, tailored blazer and button-down shirts in different hues that can be mixed and matched for the office as well as after-work events.
CEO, Digital Marketer
My style is office/ jetset chic. My must-haves: funky accessories, a hot cropped leather jacket, leggings, a hard-to-wrinkle dress, a funky jumpsuit, my orange Birkin for my Macbook Air and a change of shoes.
CEO, Stylist, Dig Deep Inc.
Hair is first for me. Being well-groomed, with a simple but sassy look that can transition from day to night is a must. Also, accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessories — or lack of them — can make or break any outfit. Whether its a nice statement piece such as a chunky bangle, a chandelier earring, or a classic stud, a woman can’t go wrong with great accessories.
Corporate Security Professional
New York, N.Y.
My power look is a well-tailored, dark suit with a tie that is eye-catching without being too flashy. I think a tailored suit shows a professional demeanor which is imperative in business.
Project Manager, Marketing & Communications
My work environment borders on the more conservative side, so to jazz up my any power outfit, I will add leopard print pumps or a splash of color to give me a feminine feel, while staying true to my company’s culture.
KISHANA L. HOLLAND
Editor, Executive Producer, Tres Chic Style
New York, N.Y.
My power look is all about the details. Power doesn’t always have to be tailored and stuffy. I like to have fun and still look in control of my business and my style. I also love a structured jacket paired with chic accessories for a fresh modern look.
Mixologist, CEO, Viola Consultants
In this look, I feel unstoppable. I like my look to exude my confidence and attention to detail, yet playful nature. This look has the versatility to go from day to night — from meeting clients and vendors to serving up drinks at local hotspots.
Media Relations Consultant/Strategic Planner
My power look is my favorite suit by Tahari ASL because I’ve aced quite a few presentations wearing it! The textured fabric and cropped jacket is a trendy twist on a classic black suit. This look says, ‘I’m a serious businesswoman who’s also in the know and on top of the latest trends.’ Plus, no matter how powerful the woman, I think it’s always important to keep that feminine appeal.”
BRANDON K. RICHARDSON
My power look is a basic suit. It symbolizes respect, professionalism, and dignity. When I have on a suit, there is an unspoken sense of expectations that I must meet in terms of class, manners, and general presence. I can add a little flair with the tie and pocket square.
WHAT’S YOUR POWER LOOK? Send a quality, single shot of you wearing your power look to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why that look gives you the confidence to pursue success!
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