How should you dress when you want to convey power and authority? An important business meeting or daytime social engagement is the time to be bold, and to strike the right sartorial balance between safe and standout. Basically, you need to dress like a boss. The good news? This fall, there are lots of looks that will more than meet that need. Here are some of the “boardroom” looks that caught our eye in the fall-winter 2018 designer collections. Wear any one of these to your next big meeting, and you’ll own the room.
Nothing helps project power better than a strong coat, and this gorgeous Valentino black leather trench will definitely get the job done. Made of lamb leather, it features silver-tone studs, epaulets, buckled cuffs and a belted waist.
Outerwear is going over-sized this season, and this austere Balenciaga coat is a classy way to incorporate the trend.
Black and navy blue is a hot color combination this fall, and this perfectly-tailored Azzedine Alaïa fit-and-flare black metallic jacquard knit dress interwoven with shimmering navy threads is an excellent way to incorporate the palette into your wardrobe. Perfect for long work days and travel, a dress like this easily goes from day into night. Power dressing, indeed.
Here’s another way to play black and blue, with the added benefit of picking up on the omnipresent animal-print trend. We love this cobalt blue and black Valentino blouse – pair with it a black skirt or skinny pants for instant chic.
FENDI has some spectacular pieces in its fall-winter collection this year that are perfect for the board room, like this army green Grisaille long-sleeved wool dress with a fitted waist and flowing pleated skirt.
Refresh a blazer or overcoat lapel with a new brooch from Gucci – this one will definitely channel your inner Sasha Fierce.
Animal prints, especially leopard, are just always in style – so why not invest in a great leopard bag? We love this one from Christian Louboutin – it’ll definitely help you get your swagger on.
This Givenchy faux fur coat is featured in “look of the season” editorials all over the world, and head designer Claire Wight Keller is the woman of the moment (having designed the dress for the Royal Wedding) – so you might want to consider it. Seems like a sound investment.
Or have some fun this winter by adding just a touch of animalia with Gucci’s leopard-print faux fur turban – it’s very Norma Desmond, in a good way.
A pair of red gloves will add energy and authority to even your most austere outerwear. If you want red, you gotta go with Valentino – no one does that hue better.
A strong shoe can enliven even the most sedate tailored business suit. Aquazzura’s pointed-toe zebra-print pumps will bring some animal spirits to your next big meeting. And they’re so comfortable that you can do your victory dance afterward without changing your shoes.
If you’re in the market for a new classic bag for the office, we love this tote from Gucci (it comes in both black and red versions). It’s really lightweight, and sufficiently large to hold everything you need. But it’s sleek and slim enough to make a strong statement that all the really important stuff is in your head.
If you already have one of the stunning bags from luxury leather goods company Delvaux, add a pop of color and fun to it by adding one of the brand’s limited edition bag charms, Les Miniatures So British, to celebrate the opening of two new boutiques in London last month. We love the Buckingham Palace version, but there are four cheeky options from which to choose.
Finally, if you love strong color and tradition, this oversized Miu Miu tartan wool coat is a fantastic statement topper that you can have fun with straight through to spring.
There you have it – some ideas and possible inspiration for your fall shopping spree. For even more ideas, we love the shopping sites MyTheresa, MatchesFashion, and Net-a-Porter. Enjoy the season. And wield your power wisely, boss.
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