Lady bosses come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t all have to wear a power pantsuit or expensive watches to legitimise their high-ranking positions. Style is subjective and this upcoming International Women’s Day, we’re proud to celebrate different shades of girl bosses!
Not a lady boss? Who says you can’t dress like one? Read on for some fashion inspiration and dress like the lady boss you best associate with this International Women’s Day (and every other day!)
International Women’s Day Edition: Which Girl Boss Are You Most Like?
1. For the girl boss who’s also a mum
This girl boss is the ultimate inspiration for International Women’s Day. Not only is she a mother of an active kid(s) but she also leads a team at work. She’s dressed for comfort without any frills (literally) because she just can’t afford her lace dress to get pulled on by her curiously active little one when she gets home after work.
Think you have to forgo your old style once you become a mum? Think again! Adapt to your new life (and body shape) with these chic yet comfortable fashion ideas. Mums love culottes! They’re forgiving, fashionable and will flatter your new curves well! Printed culottes (available on Montifs) can be paired with any tighter fitting top of your choice. Breastfeeding and suffering from sore boobs? Embrace your body’s changes in a cinched top. This wrap kimono blouse (available on Montifs) accentuates your slim waist while providing a roomier upper body area.
Once you’ve become a mother, you might find yourself needing to carry baby related items on a daily basis. Or you might not have time to switch between your diaper bag and office one. Either way, invest in a bag that allows enough room for both work files and those baby bottles so you can replace the items you need with just one bag. We like this Anello Classic Backpack (available on Anello) — it’s functional yet chic!
Pregnant? Don’t forget to check out these stylishly affordable maternity dresses that show off your bump!
2. For the fashionista girl boss
This girl boss is busy in the day and has just as many social engagements in the evening. For her, we’d recommend outfits that can be worn during both day and night time.
Jumpsuits are one of the most underrated types of women’s apparel. They’re a one-piece garment which makes them a more convenient option to don compared to regular pant-blouse. This chiffon jumpsuit (available on 💋💋fashionme) is comfortable, airy and has a conservative cut that’s office-appropriate. Are you a tall woman? Jumpsuits are known to be especially flattering for you! Make sure you have a pretty lipstick to swipe on before heading out for the night!
Not a fan of jumpsuits then pick a bodycon dress! Bodycon dresses don’t necessarily have the best reputation for being office appropriate but they can be so if you adhere to some rules. Make sure that the dress is knee-length, it’s figure-defining and not figure-hugging and stick with safe colours and prints. We love this sweet Flared Burgundy Bodycon Dress (available on Blair Wears). It allows you to flaunt and celebrate your curves! It also helps that burgundy is a power colour — perfect for International Women’s Day!
The fashionista boss is also the first one you can count on to spot new trends and styles. She may already be carrying the latest Issey Miyake Lucent Tote Bag (available on matches.fashion) — the perfect arm candy for work!
3. For the quirky girl boss
This girl boss is one that doesn’t mind experimenting with different colours and prints. She shows that work style does not have to be boring to be taken seriously.
We envisage the quirky girl boss to be daring, brave and all things fun. You can spot her in graphic tees with woke proclamations like the above Harajuku Style Girl Power T-shirt (available on Mint). Paired with wide-legged pants, she’ll be the one to push fashion boundaries at the workplace — encouraging all to express their individuality along with her!
Quirky girl bosses aren’t one to shy away from incorporating splashes of colour, textures and prints. Don’t be surprised to see her in a swishy mauve asymmetrical skirt (available on Blair Wears) or printed creations like this flowy Cherry Printed Wrap Dress (available on HappiShop). They’ll also be likely to adorn themselves with jewellery like tassel earrings among other types of handmade jewellery. Their style may seem effervescent but don’t let it fool you — these girl bosses are both dreamers and doers, a true inspiration for us this International Women’s Day!
4. For the sharp-shooter girl boss
These no-nonsense girl bosses don’t dilly-dally and prefer to cut to the chase. Their dressing reflects this mindset too. More often than not, they can be spotted in functional outfits with clean, sharp lines.
Though a crisp blouse and smart pants will usually suffice, there’s just something about a pantsuit combination that will up the power ante in those large boardroom meetings. This 2pc office lady suit set (available on leejo.sg) is perfect for that girl boss on the go. It’s peplum designed top gives it a feminine touch while the tapered pants gives the entire outfit a sleek look. Together with a pair of sunglasses, clutch and heels, this is one powerhouse look to pull off this International Women’s Day.
If you’re not keen on a pantsuits, then mix it up with a pencil midi skirt and plain-coloured shirt or blouse These High Waist Midi Pencil Skirts (available on felicelife) paired with a tucked in white shirt will give you a smart and sophisticated look!
5. For the minimalist girl boss
Less is more for these girl bosses. They would’ve probably cut down their wardrobe style to a few essential and high-quality pieces. Their mantra is to work with what you have and make it work well!
A minimalist fashion style is probably one of the hardest styles to pull off. The challenge lies in mixing and matching the apparels you own in as many combinations as possible. We love the silhouette of Salient Label’s clothes. Their Silver City blouse (available on salientlabel) paired with the Black Flare Pants (available on salientlabel) show that you don’t have to always match a tight-fitted top with loose pants.
Minimalist fashion also involves wearing seemingly simple dresses with a twist. This Minimalist Dress (available on Minor Details) does not have many embellishments but its wider silhouette with a front slit and v-neck collar design helps the wearer achieve an unconventional, chic look.
Layering is also another way to master that minimalist style. One of our favourite ways is to layer pleated skirts with various textured tops to achieve a minimalist, almost grunge look. Want to try one of these minimalist styles this International Women’s Day? Don’t forget to complete your outfit with an elegant watch — a subtle yet stylish accent piece!
6. For the startup girl boss
This boss is a self-starter. She is a hustler and wears different hats at work — from leading operational tasks to heading meetings. For that, she needs to be in comfortable (casual even) clothing while still being fashionable.
One of the mainstays in this girl bosses’ life is a good pair of jeans. We especially like these pair of Shaping Skinny Jeans (available on Levi’s). They’re comfortable, accentuate our curves and are durable. Pair it with a tank top like this Chiffon Camisole Tank Top (available on sweater women) and a Long Sleeve Office Blazer (available on eastwind.sg). With this easy breezy style, the startup girl boss will be able to manoeuvre between boardroom meetings and other heavy-duty tasks with effortless style.
Every startup girl boss can be found hustling from place to place. A comfortable and chic pair of footwear is important and will leave a good impression. We swear by sneakers — our favourite is the Superga Classic Sneakers in Black (available on Style By Shopee). Lace these on and hustle like a startup girl boss this International Women’s Day!
7. For the wellness loving boss
This girl boss is not only rocking it on the work front but also on the wellness level. She takes care of her health and mental well-being by exercising and eating right. And she’s not apologetic for it! Dress like her in sports luxe pieces this International Women’s Day!
If you’re keen to get started on a lunchtime workout routine, why not dress in an athleisure fashion or activewear to work — but make sure you’re not breaking any office attire rules! This Women’s Sports Fitness Tank Top (available on warmhome.sg) has a round collar and racerback criss-cross cut back — conservative enough office environment. Choose to throw on a casual sweater when you step into office in the mornings and simply shrug it off before heading to the gym during lunch. Ever heard about wearing yoga pants to work? These soft and comfortable White Leggings(available on Lyaya By FJ) are in fact a pair of workout pants — perfect for office-wear and for that quick gym session!
Celebrate individuality this International Women’s Day and dress like your favourite girl boss! Fashion aside, make sure your skin is also getting all that TLC! Check out our guide to the best Korean skin care products to add to your stash today and tackle those nasty under eye bags with the best eye creams in Singapore! Don’t forget to eat well too. Our quick breakfast recipes are not just for mothers but any working individual!