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    power dressing

    Dear Teachers,
    Can you say that power dressing is a posh and elegant style of dressing?
    If not, how would you describe power dressing? Swanky? Any ideas?

    Ps. I know the definition of power dressing, I only wonder how to put it in other words.

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    Banderas


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    Re: power dressing

    Dressing to impress.
    Dressing to assert dominance.

    It isn't really either "posh" or necessarily elegant. The aim is to present a strong image, so high quality clothes and superior grooming are the essential elements. Do you have a context in which you are trying to use this?

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    Re: power dressing

    It's dressing in a way that enhances your status - women wearing trouser suits to compete with men at work; there was a craze for shoulder pads in the 1980s.

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    PS That "trouser suits" will probably get me into trouble with the Style Police. Still, I didn't say "costumes".

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    Re: power dressing

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Dressing to impress.
    Dressing to assert dominance.

    It isn't really either "posh" or necessarily elegant. The aim is to present a strong image, so high quality clothes and superior grooming are the essential elements. Do you have a context in which you are trying to use this?
    It is out of context. My wife asked me about compound nouns and power dressing is an example. I am trying to define it precisely. Could it be related to yuppies? They wear expenisve clothes to show off. Who wears power dressing? Which groups?
    Is it power dressing that makes me powerful or I have to be powerful to show it (my power) by wearing power dressing?
    Does it have to be very expensive?
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    Re: power dressing

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's dressing in a way that enhances your status - women wearing trouser suits to compete with men at work; there was a craze for shoulder pads in the 1980s.
    Hi, Bob,
    is it related to work only and to the 1980's? How about modern power dressing?
    What term do the British use for it today?


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    Re: power dressing

    This is a good explanation: Power dressing

    We would still call it power dressing, but in the current world, it is not nearly so blatant as it was 30 years ago. However, it still exists:

    Men's Guide To Power Dressing - Forbes.com

    Women's Life - The art of power dressing

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    Re: power dressing

    Thanks Anglika. I wasn't sure whether power dressing was a strictly female phenomenon.

    Hi, Bob,
    is it related to work only and to the 1980's? How about modern power dressing?
    What term do the British use for it today?
    I think Anglika has answered this.

    b

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