Tribal power from boardroom to bedroom

November 13, 2008

In Africa, woman are striding into power.

Thankfully this is not the 80´s where woman had to wear Meg Ryan power suits stuffed with shoulder-pads (remember Working Girl?)…cringe. Today´s woman are elegant and stylish all the way from the boardroom to the bedroom and designers the world over are fighting to dress the new African power woman.

Diane von Furstenburg, the designer of dresses which make you feel like a goddess and flatter almost any figure, has a range of tribal dresses,  which flatter at work as well as home. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have even graced the red carpet in these tribal designs.

But what is a great dress that screams Powerful Independent Woman without the underwear that does the same? Once that oh-so-easy to remove wrap dress comes off what is going to be hiding underneath? A leopard, a tigress, a cheetah, you choose. A great S.A. underwear website Thingamathing, have a feisty Wonderbra set which is waiting to bring out your wild side while a femme fatale plunge bra from Bare Necessities might be just the excuse you needed to show some cleavage.

1) Tribal dress by  Diane Von Furstenberg 2008
2) Wacoal Luxe: Femme Fatale Plunge Bra in Leopard Print  from Bare Necessities
3) Animal Print Bra by Wonder Bra from Thingamathing
4) Matching thong also from Thingamathing

Powerful, sexy and well dressed is how we all want to feel, be and are. We cannot always be this and whether it be in the boardroom or bedroom anytime we forget here is a poem by Maya Angelou to remind us.


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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  • Dimi

    Love this stuff Mzanzi! I am an animal print freak (funny, considering I dont have that much of it) – but I think Animal print lingerie is gorgeous – very vixen! I think Truworths also had a lovely set of leopard print trim on black lingerie.

  • Yes, me too actually and have one leopard print bra from Woolies that gives great lift and looks even better. Need a killer coat next, with some D&G heels. mmmm.

  • Dimi

    Oh my – that would be oh, so fabulous! I just want a coat, but living in Durban there is never really a day to wear one – (

  • True! You could do with a bikini or a mono-kini in animal prints ggrrrrrr .

  • How do I select a comfortable brassiere from the assorted proprietary bra makes like, triumph, sorella and wacoal, etc? Besides getting the correct breasts size measurements, what else should I look at when picking out a brassiere? Especially in regard to the diverse designs of the bra?