Dress for the Job You Want: Style Insights From Successful Women
Your work wardrobe says a lot about who you are—and even more about where you’re headed . So, whether you aspire to be a journalist, CEO, Savvy Entrepreneur, or a political/public Figure, why not get some style inspiration from the leading ladies in your field?
This article puts together a few of our favorite powerful women in Nigeria who do their jobs looking beyond fabulous. From Chika Oduah to Toke Makinwa to Linda Ikeji, take note of their style successes before heading to the office, then learn how to get their looks for less. (Because, well, you might not have their salaries—just yet…. Lol)
If you’re looking to be the next journalist of Vogue , take posh-and-prestige style cues from Chika Oduah. Make sure to master the runway looks of the season (before the season even starts), but also to
invest in timeless classics like bold prints, luxe-looking furs, and chic neutrals. And don’t forget the staple sunglasses or statement jewelry—accessories are a must!
The Tech Boss
Nkemdilim Begho proves that being the Founder and Managing director of Future Software Resources Limited doesn’t mean you have to look nerdy or wear boring black all the time. Pick professional pieces like tea-length dresses and cardigans in coordinating colors, and add character to your power suit with a patterned silk scarf or collar necklace.
The Political Figure
As both a public and political figure, Honourable Funmi Tejuosho has mastered the art of keeping her look poli
Nkemdilim Begho shed, accessible, and timeless. Nix the stifled suit and blouse combo and throw wrap dresses, fit and flare skirts, and long-sleeve shifts into the mix. And in a workplace filled with men, don’t be afraid to stand out in regal hues, classic prints, and feminine touches like belts, pearls, and ankle straps.
The Style Blogger
If you want to make it big in the fashion blogging world , you need to stick with a closet that’s punchy, trendy, and reflects your personal style. To a Folake Huntoon, founder and creative director of Style pantry.com , knows a thing or two about staying true to her preppy, glittery-glam taste. Whether you’re mixing prints and layering like nobody’s business, piling on the arm candy, or trying out the season’s it shades, make sure that the look is totally you.
The TV Personality
Whether sporting pastel dresses with pumps or bright blouses with hip-hugging skirts, Today ’s Toke Makinwa knows how to shine onscreen. Pops of color look gorgeous on camera, so make sure to adopt a range of hues into your newsroom wardrobe. If you want to add printed or flowy silhouettes to your onscreen attire, make sure they’re somewhat subdued and cinched to keep your viewers from getting a headache and you from appearing frumpy.
The Media Mogul
If you want to do it all like Mo Abudu—who is a talk show host, TV producer , Human resource management consultant , CEO of EbonyLife TV and graces magazine covers —you’re going to neeseed to take some serious girl-next-door tips from this media mogul. MO go-to skinnies, flowy tees, and blazers keep her look polished for day, while at night she opts for feminine skirts and dresses. To appeal to the masses, keep your look low-key, crisp, and effortless.
The Savvy Entrepreneur
From Linda Ikeji, Uche Pedro, Banke Kuku, Damilola Solesi are the queens of online entrepreneurship . If you’re looking to rock the Fashion startup scene with them, make sure to pick pieces that prove your creativity and your credibility. Monochromatic shifts mean business, but don’t shy away from playful prints, textures, and accessories like drop earrings and glitzy bangles.