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Want to Feel Powerful? Wear This.

What to wear when you need a confidence boost.

By Madeleine Kim

We spend a lot of time talking about “power pieces”—clothes that make you look like a boss. But what about the clothes that make you feel confident? We’d argue that those are actually the most powerful pieces in your wardrobe. For some, traditional power pieces like tailored dresses and sleek suits do the trick. For others, that feeling of confidence comes from versatile items that can keep up with your lifestyle. The point being: It’s personal. Here are the pieces that make six M.M. team members feel ready to take on the world.

Brand Stylist


“The Para sweatshirt is my M.M. power piece! I like to classify my style as casual-chic—I don’t quite feel like myself in traditional formalwear. The Para is the perfect style for me, because it’s relaxed yet polished enough for work. Wearing it allows me to feel like my best self while staying true to my aesthetic—which is what I consider powerful.”

Product Manager


“When I’m in need of a power look, I frequently turn to one, two, or all three of the pieces in my mini mix-and-match plaid set: the Ross blazer, Mejia pant, and Eudora top. Each of these pieces has a silhouette that makes a quiet statement on its own, but thanks to the subtle colors of the fabric, getting super matchy is also an option. It’s a simple formula: The more pieces I wear from this set, the more formal I look. And to pull it all together, the Mejia pants look great with our menswear-inspired Wide Strap belt.”

Experience Operations Analyst


“The M.M. piece that makes me feel most powerful is the Tamar blazer in light twill. It’s statement-making, yet versatile. I wore it as part of a full suit to holiday parties last winter, then dressed it down with vintage denim, a white T-shirt, and sneakers in the spring. Its bold lapels mean business, but its slightly oversized fit is fun and fashion-forward. As I pare down my closet in an effort to create a capsule wardrobe, I’m all about the pieces that provide the most bang for my buck!”

Senior CRM Marketing Manager


“I always feel more put-together in a jacket, even if it’s just paired with jeans and sneakers for a casual look. My Oliver jacket in twilight has a unique shape and is a less conventional color, which adds an instant ‘cool’ factor to any outfit—and makes me feel more confident and interesting. At work, this jacket helps me to fit into the corporate environment without compromising what makes me unique.”

Merchandising and Product Development Manager


“I feel most powerful in my Zelda boots, because I can wear them anywhere—to meetings, out to dinner, on weekends—and they’re comfortable enough for walking around the city. I feel so sharp in them, and they make me feel I can take on anything—even the 45-minute trek from the office to my apartment!”

E-Commerce and Sales Strategy Manager


“This might sound strange, but owning the Peggy top feels like a superpower to me. It’s a simple style, but it’s also incredibly flattering, and wearing it always makes me feel polished. This is the top that I grab for everything—whether I’m wearing it under a blazer for presentations, packing for a trip, having a weeknight dinner date with my fiance, hopping on a Zoom call—I could go on. I may or may not own multiple Peggy tops in ivory, in case one is in the wash. It’s just too good to be without.”

Madeleine Kim

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Senior Brand Associate at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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