3 Power Outfit Ideas For When You Need a Confidence Boost

Second date coming up?

Updated 05/01/19

Everyone has an outfit they turn to when they want to feel powerful and confident: ensembles reserved for that big second date or that 45-minute work presentation. And science would support this shopping habit: Studies show that dressing well can influence your negotiating skills, creative thinking, and confidence. Naturally, in the same way we turn to Instagram for interior inspiration, our feeds are brimming with outfit ideas and statement pieces just waiting to be purchased. Case in point: the striking, confidence-inspiring outfits donned by a few of our favorite Australian fashion bloggers, Talisa Sutton, Carmen Hamilton, and Brooke Testoni. Shop their bold outfits ahead of your next big event below.

Talisa Sutton

We always turn to Talisa Sutton's blog, The Badlands, when we're in need of some work-outfit inspiration. She flawlessly pairs personality pieces with basics, creating looks that are at once trendy and timeless. Of the above look, she loved that it was actually a corset top and trousers, meaning you can create countless outfits from just two pieces. Whether you wear this to work or out with friends, prepare to be noticed (and complimented). 

Viktoria & Woods Montrose Bodice $279
Viktoria & Woods Medal Wide Leg Pant $259
Rachel Comey Alloy Earrings $430

Carmen Hamilton

No woman's work wardrobe is complete without a blazer, and Carmen Hamilton of The Chronicles of Her nails this menswear-inspired look flawlessly. A classic power staple, blazers of the double-breasted checked variety have been a staple among the fashion crowd since last fall. We love how she paired it with a simple white T-shirt, gold hoop earrings, and a red lip, but you can easily dress it up with a black skirt-and-top combo à la Reformation. 

Cotton T-shirt
Rag & Bone Cotton T-shirt $89
Hoop Earrings
Young Frankk Hoop Earrings $102
Checked Wool Blazer
Helmut Lang Checked Wool Blazer $895

Brooke Testoni

Who doesn't want to throw on a simple black dress and look effortlessly flawless? We love this shoulder-baring tuxedo-style dress from Dion Lee; a relatively simple piece that epitomizes power dressing. Brooke Testoni pared down the sharp look with a pair of abstract earrings from Dinosaur Designs and a contrastingly casual pair of low-heeled ankle boots.

Dinosaur Designs Resin Stone Button Earrings $135
Horizontal Tuxedo dress
Dion Lee Horizontal Tuxedo dress $1895
R.M. Williams Millecent Pointy Toe Cuban Heel $495

What are your go-to looks to inspire confidence and ease? Share your picks below!

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