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Boardrooms, broad shoulders and bouffants. Brick cell phones, smoking suits and slick back hair, the 80s were just oozing with high-power glamour. The scent of cigarettes wafts through every inch of air and synth-heavy dance music is the backing track to an era filled with hedonism and yuppies.

Birgit Kos for Interview Magazine

By Tara Young

Closely associated with the rise of women in the workforce, the 1980s were peak corporate culture; power suits were a symbol of professionalism and your outfit was an important tool for expressing empowerment, challenging the status quo and breaking through those glass ceilings.

Fast forward to the present day and the idea of power dressing has moved with the times, it's relaxed and fluid with the essence of labels such as The Row and Jil Sander commanding attention in a minimal, luxurious way. YSL is forever sleek and polished meanwhile the likes of Calvin Klein and Armani highlight timelessness in elegant sharp tailoring.

Hairstyles reflect these sentiments; from slicked-back styles gathering cool off-duty texture throughout the day, a centre part pulled back into a tidy bun willing to take on any amount of stress without putting a hair out of place, or an emphasis on beautiful natural hair for when you just want to feel like yourself.

The best accessory to level up a busy day? Your hair. A great hair day can be the extra boost of confidence you didn't know you needed. These are our go-to finishing touches to complete a polished look.

Erin O'Connor for The Row

Cate Blanchet

Emily Ratajkowski for Office Magazine, 2018

Milla Jovovich

Nina Ricci Pre Fall 2020

Bella Hadid for Vogue Russia

Khaite Spring, 2021

Saint Laurent Fall 2023

W Magazine

Celine 2018

The Row 2023

Gillian Anderson

Donna Karen for Town and Country Magazine, 1984

Saint Laurent Pre Fall 2023

Proenza Schouler

Vivien Solari for Vogue Mexico, 2019

Jil Sander Fall 2020

Mango 2021

Christian Dior Spring 2022

Dior Cruise 2021

Michael Kors


Kate Bush

Loewe Fall 2023

Kate Moss for Calvin Klein


Jil Sander Spring 2013

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