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Your Wardrobe Workhorses: Your Power Color

Do you have a color that makes you feel bold and confident? A color that you know garners you multiple compliments every time you wear it? This is a power color.

Your power color is what you should be wearing every time you need an extra boost of confidence like on a first date, going to an important meeting, or presenting in front of a group. In fact, you should always be wearing your power color when presenting to a group. People pay more attention to what you say when you wear 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 and make you look like you need the least amount of makeup. Still not sure? Wear a different color every day and count the compliments. Don’t have enough in your closet? Go to the store with a friend and try on a bunch of new colors. Still not sure? Short on time? Jewel tones such as emerald green, ruby red, amethyst purple, and sapphire blue are universally flattering colors.

Happy Shopping!


We’re always looking for high-quality, power color blazers for our clients, so when we discovered Argent about 3 years ago, we were beyond thrilled. Not only do they make really interesting styles and colors of suiting, but they also focus on functionality with inside pockets on jackets and credit card pockets on pants.

Argent Single Button Blazer, $368

Nora Gardner

High powered lawyers and media personalities alike all love Nora Gardner. She makes chic, non-fussy dresses and suiting in amazing colors and flattering shapes.

Nora Gardner Lydia Dress – Venetian Red, $288


Halogen is Nordstrom’s in-house label that is described as “affordable work-to-weekend,” which is exactly why we love it. Their pieces are versatile and always available in a range of colors and patterns, so it is not uncommon for us to find a great top for a client and purchase it in 3-4 colors.

Halogen Cap Sleeve Blouse, $49


Theory always makes a few fashion colors every season, which we love as either separates or a full suit. One of our clients was interviewing last year, and our favorite outfit to dress her in was her sea blue Theory suit (which we found at the outlet!).

Theory Etiennette Blazer In Good Wool, $475

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, $84


J.Crew is another great place to look for fun colored sweaters, blouses, and dresses. From casual to business formal, they have options for every workplace.

J.Crew Long-Sleeve Ruffle-Neck Top in 365 Crepe, $89

Lands’ End

Lands’ End dresses are some of our favorites for their affordability and comfort. You can often find amazing dresses for $20-$40, so we love to recommend these to clients who are in-between sizes.

Women’s Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Ponte Shift Dress, $46


Boden’s ponte collection, such as their blazers, pants, and dresses, always comes in bright, seasonal colors. They’ve started carrying the line at Nordstrom, so we’ve snagged a few pieces for our clients at the Tyson’s Corner store.

Smyth Ponte Blazer, $150

Calvin Klein

Some of our favorite places to shop for a selection of more affordable suiting are Macy’s and Lord and Taylor, where they carry Calvin Klein tops and suiting. However, we believe that when shoppers enter department stores without a clear idea on what brands they like and what they’re looking for, they will more than likely end up completely overwhelmed. Calvin Klein offers timeless and chic styles of suiting.

Calvin Klein Single-Button Blazer, $129

Tahari ASL

Tahari ASL is another top pick from the department stores. They always have a mix of trendy and traditional silhouettes, and you can order straight from their site.

Tahari ASL Cuffed-Sleeve Blazer, $149


DKNY has very modern, sporty styles at the department stores. Their jackets and tops are always in great, sophisticated colors and patterns.

DKNY Ruched-Sleeve Open-Front Blazer, $129

This is a post in our series of Work Wardrobe Must-Haves, a companion to our e-book “Your Work-Week Wardrobe with 10 Powerful Pieces.” Subscribe to our email newsletter for more information on how to style these pieces.

Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Learn how you can train with Lani and Kyle to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio

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