Work in Style – Power Dressing – Western formal outfits for women

A few days back, we celebrated the International Women’s Day on 8th March and lately, there has been a lot of buzz about women empowerment. It may be because of the famous #metoo movement or increase in a number of women entrepreneurs or maybe it is just in the air.

So all the talks and headlines about women’s achievements inspired me to do a detailed post on Power Dressing – western officer wears for women, I am sure you will find inspiration here for all the professional occasions from university to an ordinary day at work or some special occasions. I have already done a detailed post on formal shoes earlier “click here” I have used the same shoes in following looks.

The Power Blazer

This look is for all the important occasions in your work life and formals doesn’t have to be boring. I wanted to keep the look fresh and creative that’s why I opted for a shirred sleeve pointed hem crop white jacket. I am wearing a high waist pegged grey pants with black and white striped mock neck top (it doesn’t have to be shirt always) and topped it with a white jacket, which is adding authority and strength with creativity. You can try some other solid color jacket with this, to add a punch of color.

women wearing grey high waist pegged pants. black and white striped top, and white formal jacket with nude color block pumps, sitting on a sofa at myhq workspace - office beans gurgaon
Mock neck top, High Waist pegged pants, White jacket – Shein ; Nude color block heels – Shopper’s Stop

When you remove the jacket, it is becomes perfect formal outfit for everyday.

Women in formal officerwear, black and white mock neck t shirt and high waist grey pleated pants from Shein India
Top and Pants – Shein, Bag – Ajio, Heels – Shopper’s Stop

Floral Punch
Obviously, you are not going to wear jackets everywhere. The amount of authority in your formal outfits should be proportional to the occasion. If you opt for the same style always, you might appear overdressed or even worse a “fashion victim”. So for small unknown / new formal moments, when you want to leave your good engaging yet professional impression, the look below is the best choice. I have used the same set of trousers as above and combined them with a floral chiffon burgundy top and grey heels. It is perfect for those client meetings or first day at a new job or a job interview. It is fresh, simple and easy.

Girl in formal officer wear, forever 21 floral burgundy chiffon top with light grey high waist pegged formal pants from Shein India and lulu and sky grey  kitten heels
Top – Forever 21; Pants – Shein, Heels – Lulu and sky

The Trench Coat

I wanted to do something really unconventional and trendy. Monochromes are monotonous but they are the trendiest when paired with a checked trench coat and same colored shoes as I have done below. Suddenly, you look super stylish from boring. This look was created to break all the rules and it will definitely strike you if you are one of those rebels.

Women in black monochrome with red checked forever 21 trench coat and red kitten heeled boost from lulu and sky, office beanz Gurgaon, Myhq workspaces
Black top and Trousers – M Block Market, Trench – Forever 21 Shoes – Lulu & Sky

Therefore, I have purposely chosen rust checked trench coat. Rust color is not as popular as other solid colors. But it is bright and appropriate at work. I further paired it with rust kitten heel boots to strengthen the rust color in the entire outfit.

Women in black monochrome with red checked forever 21 trench coat and red kitten heeled boost from lulu and sky, office beanz Gurgaon, Myhq workspaces
Black top and Trousers – M Block Market, Trench – Forever 21 Shoes – Lulu & Sky

Formal Skirt

As I mentioned earlier, formals can also be interesting and not boring. I am a huge fan of the latest high waist fashion trend. Be creative ladies, do away with regular formal shirts. Experiment with different style sleeve shirts like Bishop sleeves, mutton leg sleeves. In the picture below, I am wearing a high waisted beige buttoned skirt with eyelet embroidered cuff sleeves with sailor collar white shirt. I have used the same pair of shoes as in the first look. Let me know how did you find this look.

Wearing beige waiste belted button formal skirt from shein, Bishop sleeved white shirt from Shein India at Myhq workspaces, office beans gurgaon
Shirt & Skirt – Shein Heels – Shoppers Stop Bag -Ajio

This look is also perfect for special moments in your work life. In fact, this can be appropriate for official parties too, when you want to look elegant, classy and trendy + power dressing 🙂

Wearing beige waiste belted button formal skirt from shein, Bishop sleeved white shirt from Shein India standing beside a lamp at Myhq workspaces, office beans gurgaon
Shirt & Skirt – Shein Heels – Shoppers Stop Bag -Ajio

The checked Trousers

I have created 2 outfit looks in checked trousers below. while both of them have a different feel.

I wanted to experiment, so, I picked up a navy trousers with brown and white checks. I wore it with a fitted knitted flounce top. The orange and brown stripes also match with the checks on the trousers. Added a black waist belt to highlight waist and completed it with navy kitten heels pumps.

Women standing beside window in formal office wear at officebeanz gurgaon, myhq workspaces, in forever 21 navy check wide leg trousers and striped flounce sweater top and navy kittenheels pumps
Top & Trousers – Forever 21 Shoes – Lulu & Sky

Let me know what do you think about this mix and match and where would you wear it? Tell me in the comments below

Women standing beside window in formal office wear at officebeanz gurgaon, myhq workspaces, in forever 21 navy check wide leg trousers and striped flounce sweater top and navy kittenheels pumps
Top & Trousers – Forever 21 Shoes – Lulu & Sky

I wanted to do something with traditional style formal wear too. I opted for a pleated belted high waist trousers and paired them with solid yellow sweater top. These trousers will go very well with t-shirts or shirts (if you prefer) Play with colors, it is going to be a lot of fun.

The high waist ankle length trousers are the game – changer here and the yellow color is bright and attractive. This look is full of comfort, very formal, stylish and a guaranteed head turner. The best part is you can wear them anywhere meetings, every day, conferences or official get together

This are worth falling for. Check it out below.

Girl wearing solid yellow sweater m block market new delhi with forever 21 high waist belted checked trousers
Trousers- Forever 21 Sweater – G K1, M Block Market
Girl wearing solid yellow sweater m block market new delhi with forever 21 high waist belted checked trousers
Trousers- Forever 21 Sweater – M Block Market
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