3 Powerful Fashion Ideas for Dressing for Global Empowerment in the 21st Century
There’s no denying the power of your wardrobe and the confidence your favorite item of clothing instils in you when you know you look good. And looking ‘good’ comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and ethnicities all over the world. While fashion powerhouses will invariably change their definition of ‘in style’, the happiness and empowerment you feel as a result of your clothing choices will remain constant.
The saying, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” will forever ring true, as what you choose to cloak yourself with on the outside has the power to increase your sense of independence, control and confidence – enhancing your already fantastic inside attitude. Therefore, at a time when women all over the world are climbing in their careers and raising strong children of the future, we’re exploring the impact and importance of dressing for global empowerment in the 21st century with three powerful fashion ideas.
East Asian Influences in Your Everyday Wear
Japan – the birthplace of the kimono and home of the high-fashion brand, Comme des Garcons, has, in recent years, taken the fashion industry by storm. With the staple kimono design celebrating intricate embroidery and metallic, jacquard detail, it’s no surprise that this traditional favorite can empower women not only in Asia, but around the world.
Due to its classic structure and variety of designs, the kimono can be worn over the top of your daytime errand-running outfit as an alternative to the corporate suit jacket. Similar in cut but wildly more casual in purpose than typical business attire, the kimono adds a stylish finish to any ordinary outfit. Additionally, through its diverse range of colors and materials, this Japanese staple will allow you to decide how bold you want your entrance to be – regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.
Bold African Prints on the School Run
Most prominently seen in the warmer and brighter summer season – but not exclusive to this period by any means – bold African prints and their matching vibrant color schemes can encourage bravery and radiate confidence.
Whether you opt to incorporate a bright headscarf to the classic ‘jeans and a nice top’ western staple or choose to complement your traditional African-style dress with contrasting leather boots, picking daring colors and diverse patterns for your wardrobe will help get you noticed and stand tall against a world of concrete buildings.
Modest Fashion in the Office
With studies showing that 82% of women around the world are confident in their ability to achieve their career goals – compared to the 42% of new mothers feeling overlooked for career progression opportunities despite their ability to fulfil the role requirements – there’s never been a more important time for women at work to feel confident and make their voice heard.
Encouraging creativity and individuality in an office environment filled with business suits and corporate meetings can be a daunting task, but is often crucial to harnessing a woman’s confidence and internal strength at work. Cloak yourself in a modest fashion favorite like a beautiful abaya that will elegantly waltz you through the busy meeting room and back to your desk while looking classy, fashionable and confident all the while.
In a world full of dos and don’ts, fashion has no limits. So, whether you’re dressing for an evening of elegance or throwing on something for your last-minute food shop, if you feel good in what you wear, this will reflect in how you act and feel in every situation. Try these powerful fashion ideas and feel the empowerment!
About the Author:
Abi Proud is a content creator for AbayaButh – retailers of abayas, hijabs and a range of modest Islamic clothing for women.