We share our edit of the best pieces to empower you on stage and beyond.
Let’s set the scene. You’ve agreed to chair a panel at an industry conference, act as the keynote speaker at a business luncheon or present in a boardroom meeting. You’re armed with cue cards prompting an immaculately rehearsed address, have anticipated all possible audience questions, and are poised and ready to deliver an impactful speech or presentation. There only remains one last consideration: what to wear.
In truth, a talented orator needs little more than her own knowledge, energy and words; a well-chosen outfit will simply serve to empower the wearer and solidify her personal brand. Women including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Christine Lagarde and Amal Clooney are all prolific and lauded speakers, opting for uniforms that have become synonymous with their respective personal brands – for example, Ocasio-Cortez’s block-colour shifts, Lagarde’s sharp tweeds, and Clooney’s tailored suits.
Whatever your industry or style, we’ve rounded up five effortless dressing solutions to ensure minimal time in the wardrobe and maximum confidence at your next event.
The Statement Blouse
A wardrobe stalwart, our iconic bow-adorned silk blouse can be worn day and night, casually or more formally. Layer the emerald version beneath sharply tailored suits for a pop of colour at corporate events, or tuck into a sleek pencil skirt at your next boardroom presentation. Our founder Kim teams hers with the Lauren side-stripe trousers for a relaxed finish.
The Classic Skirt Suit
Take style cues from Amal Clooney, who is a firm advocate of the tweed skirt suit. Our skirt and co-ordinating tweed jacket are perennial favourites, whether styled with a pussybow blouse or simple round-neck top.
The Do-It-All Dress
When it comes to one-stop style, the Lana Miracle dress is exemplary. Available in three versatile shades – classic midnight navy, powerful Winser blue or striking mulberry – it will equip you for multiple occasions with minimum effort, so all you have to worry about is your boardroom presentation. Pick your hue and finish with a pair of heeled courts and a slick of berry lipstick.
The Modern Trouser Suit
A suit is an excellent investment, whether worn on stage or in the office. Designed to be worn together and separately, our Lauren blazer and tailored trousers offer an elegantly relaxed alternative to the traditional trouser suit. Possessing a boyfriend fit, Lauren teams effortlessly with button-up shirts and casual T-shirts alike, depending on whether the event is creative or corporate.
The Printed Dress
Creative industries allow for a little more movement when it comes to dress codes (and fabrics). Crafted from polka dot-printed satin, this wrap dress makes a striking impression while offering optimum comfort – two necessities when taking the stage at a conference or panel. Monochrome is always chic, or choose a pop-bright shade for added impact.