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What Is Your Power Color?

This post on power color is part of The Five Must-Have Pieces for Your Work Wardrobe series.

Lani’s power colors are burgundy and red-orange.

What is a power color? A color that makes you feel bold and confident. That garners compliments every time you wear it. And makes you glow because it enhances your skin, eye, and hair colors. Yes, you can have more than one power color!

Wear your power color every time you need an extra boost of confidence. Think first dates, important meetings, and any form of presentation. People pay more attention to what you say when you wear color.

Kyle in her power colors: burgundy, red-orange, and raspberry pink. Yes, we coincidentally have some of the same power colors because we are both Earths!

Which brings us to the most important time to wear your power color: every time you are on screen. Yes, we are talking about Zoom! If you are are not on Zoom (or television, like some of our clients) day in and day out, all of your appearances should feature you starring in one of your power colors.

How to Find Your Power Color

How do you figure out your power color? Try on all the colors in your closet and see which ones make your eyes sparkle, your hair shine, and your skin glow even when you’re not wearing makeup. Still not sure? Wear a different color from your closet every day and tally the compliments.

Don’t have enough colors to try on in your closet? Go to a store, place an online order, or raid a family member’s closet. Still not sure or short on time? Hire a personal stylist!

Jewel tones such as emerald green, ruby red, amethyst purple, and sapphire blue are universally flattering colors. Read below for some additional tips and shopping suggestions.

Happy (Power) Shopping!


We’re always looking for high-quality, power color blazers for our clients. Argent delivers these in spades, with an added dose of functionality. They also sell matching power color pants as suit separates.

Argent was the first women’s Ready-to-Wear (RTW) line we saw with inside pockets on jackets and credit card pockets on pants. (Lani has been waiting to pull the trigger on the Argent Crossover Blazer in Magenta for years!)

Argent crossover blazer in magenta for power color work wardrobe personal styling

Argent Crossover Blazer in Magenta, $328

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein brand tops, suiting, and classic sheath dresses can be found in many flattering colors and fabrics. Macy’s, one of our favorite places to shop for affordable suiting, carries the Calvin Klein brand in a wide size range. Buyer beware! Only enter a department store with a clear idea of what brands you like and a shopping list. Otherwise you will more than likely end up completely overwhelmed.

Calvin Klein scuba red sheath dress for power color work wardrobe personal styling

Calvin Klein Seamed Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress, $89.98


Halogen is Nordstrom’s in-house label that is described as “affordable work-to-weekend.” And that they are! These versatile pieces are always available in a seasonal range of colors and patterns. It is not uncommon for us to find “the perfect top” for a client and purchase it in 3-4 colors. We also appreciate being able to shop the same exact styles whether the client is straight-sized or plus-size.

Halogen raw edge tank top for power color work wardrobe personal styling

Halogen Raw Edge Tank, $49

Lands’ End

Lands’ End is one of our favorite brands for their affordability, comfort, and size range. Sizes range from 00P to 30W, depending upon the item. Most pieces are machine washable too, which is a major bonus for moms of humans and pets.

Lands End crepe cobalt blouse for power color work wardrobe personal styling

Lands’ End 3/4 Flutter Sleeve Crepe Blouse, $44.95 (Available in sizes up to 26W)


If you’re looking for an affordable, trendy suit right now, try Mango. The fast-fashion retailer has done a great job at making work-friendly options that don’t read too young. We also appreciate the steps Mango is taking towards sustainability.

Mango Double-Breasted Suit Blazer, $119.99


MM.LaFleur makes polished, powerful clothing that works whether you’re headed to the boardroom or working from home. Previously known for more formal work clothes, they have knocked it out of the park with their new, more casual offerings.

MM.LaFleur Antoinette Top, $225

The Shirt

The Shirt is a favorite of many women, especially those that struggle with finding button-downs that accommodate larger bust sizes. Available in dozens of colors in both cotton and a drapey poly-crepe, this is a staple for those who love the effortless style of a collared shirt.

The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens signature collared shirt in plum, a power color for Real Life Style

The Shirt Signature Shirt in Plum, $98

Vince Camuto

Another more affordable brand carried at most major department stores, Vince Camuto always has a mix of great basics and fun, trendy blouses and jackets. Their faux-satin blouses are some of our and our clients’ favorites for their great colors and flattering v-necks.

Vince Camuto Rumple Fabric Blouse, $79 (Available in sizes up to 3X)

What are your favorite power color brands and pieces? Let us know in the comments!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

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