"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." — Edith Head
Confidence can't be bought, but an outfit that exudes it can. In my first job, I spent a day in Burberry's awe-inspiringly sleek headquarters in central London. I was young, I was new to the industry, and the last thing I wanted to do was give any sign that I wasn't equipped for the job. Half my monthly salary was sunk into a silk dress; years later, that sense of certainty that my outfit was appropriate still seems like a worthy investment.
Edith Head, a costume designer who brought iconic glamour to stars that included Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, knew a thing or two about dressing for the part. Update Edith's brand of Old Hollywood glamour with the assertive style of Samantha in Sex and the City and you've got clothes that demand to be taken seriously. Repeat after me: leggings do not maketh the woman, but a serious power-b*tch outfit can take you anywhere.