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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. But lately she’s been sprinkling in some Barbie pink!

What is a power color? A color that makes you feel bold and confident. One that garners compliments every time you wear it. Your power color should make you glow, enhancing your skin, eye, and hair colors. And as you can see from our examples, you can have more than one power color!

When is it essential to wear your power color(s)? Any time you need an extra boost of confidence. Think of 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, Kyle and Lani have some of the same power colors. Why? They are both Earths!

This brings us to the most critical occasion to wear your power color: every time you are on screen. Yes, we are talking about Zoom! If you are on Zoom (or television, like some of our clients) day in and day out, all your appearances should feature you starring in one of your power colors. And in that case, you certainly need multiple 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, hair shine, and 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, order online, or raid a friend’s closet for more options. 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. Please keep reading for more tips and specific shopping suggestions.

Happy (Power Color) Shopping!

Argent

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

Argent was the first women’s Ready-to-Wear (RTW) line with inside pockets on jackets and credit card pockets on pants. (We are so excited to share that a friend of RLS will be opening the new Georgetown store any day now!!!)

Argent Peak Lapel Blazer in Seasonless Wool , $495
Agent Camisole in Double Georgette, $125
Argent Jones Trouser in Seasonless Wool, $295

Halogen

Halogen is Nordstrom’s in-house label, described as “affordable work-to-weekend.” And that they are! These versatile pieces are always available in a seasonal range of colors and patterns. We commonly find “the perfect top” and purchase it in 3-4 colors for a client. We also appreciate being able to shop the same styles no matter the client’s size.

Halogen Raw Edge Tank in Indigo Bunting, $49

Hobbs

Hobbs is one of those brands that a lot of clients have not heard of when we first show it to them. Of course, it then becomes a closet favorite. You never know what you will find from this sometimes whimsical chic, sometimes classic with flair British brand. We just know that it fits and makes our clients feel fabulous.

Hobbs Maura Dress in Malachite Green, $355 (also in petite)

MM.LaFleur

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. We are also loving their latest prints and textures.

MM.LaFleur Janette Blazer – Light Ponte in Shamrock, $395
MM. LaFleur Chantal Skirt – Light Washable Ponte in Shamrock, $195
MM. LaFleur Jillian Dress – Eco Heavy Soft Wave in Bright Coral, $365

NationLTD

Are you looking for an ethical fashion brand for your power color? NationLTD makes stylish basics like t-shirts and sateen blouses while focusing on manufacturing transparency and their fabric grading system.

Nation LTD Satin Marie Top in Fig Jam, $132
Nation LTD Loren Tee in Clementine, $103

Quince

Are you looking to get the best value for your dollar in work or weekend clothing? Quince is your brand. Online only, this high-quality, high-style, brand has ever thing you could possibly need to put together a cohesive wardrobe in gorgeous colors. Just grab your size before someone else does!

Quince Washable Stretch Silk Tank in Aubergine, $49.90

Tahari

Tahari ASL has been one of our go-to lines for affordable suiting for years. If you’re looking for a statement suit for your next conference or speaking engagement, check out their peak-lapel blazer. The Tahari ASL Women’s Single-Button Peak-Lapel Blazer currently comes in nine colors, with new colors appearing every season!

Tahari ASL Women’s Single-Button Peak-Lapel Blazer, $159 (also in plus sizes)
Tahari ASL Mid-Rise Wide-Leg Career Pants, $99

The Shirt

The Shirt is a favorite line of many fashionable women, especially those that struggle with finding button-down shirts to 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 Signature Shirt in Hot Pink, $98

Theory

Theory is not just for “basics” anymore! You can now find your perfect fit in a royal purple or bright fuchsia. Well-fitting, well-made clothes never get old. Nor do the same clothes in fabulous colors. We couldn’t be more thrilled with this new fashion direction. Theory also recently named a new creative director, which means the stream of fresh styles should keep coming!

Theory Staple Blazer in Admiral Crepe, $495
Theory High-Waist Slim Crop Pant in Admiral Crepe, $295

Tuckernuck

Tuckernuck is a go-to brand for a segment of our clientele. Find the styles that fit you well, then pounce when a color or pattern you like is released.  Tuckernuck is a dream for those who need a cute party dress in a fun color. Go all out and grab the matching earrings for your adorable, brightly colored dress!

Tuckernuck Red Chloe Dress, $298

Tuckernuck Poppy Red Silk and Leather Orchid Earrings, $68

Veronica Beard

We’ve been leaning on Veronica Beard more and more the last few seasons. This brand, run by not one, but two lovely ladies named Veronica Beard (seriously!), knows how to make a jacket. But don’t stop there. Veronica Beard also makes fabulous, easy-peasy dresses for all occasions, as well as slinky jeans and fantastic knits.

Veronica Beard Cut-Away Dickey Jacket in Flame, $698
Veronica Beard Miller Dickey Jacket in Hibiscus, $598

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 nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!

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