Let’s Dress for Success!
Füsun, alias Shortstoriesandskirts gives three guidelines which make you look powerfully professional in office.
As much as we hate to admit it, most of our wardrobe is dedicated to workwear and alas so is our time that we spend there, having to dress appropriately for the office.
“I used to be an office girl myself (…), I knew I’d be expected to show a little effort with what I rocked for my work attire.”
I used to be an office girl myself. Straight after university I started a fabulous new job at a publishing house specializing in women’s magazines. The Fashion and Beauty industry were a major focus of the company’s business concept, so I knew I’d be expected to show a little effort with what I rocked for my work attire.
One day we all received a memo from the Head of HR saying that the employees shouldn’t be wearing flip-flops during office hours. The staff felt rather offended (mainly the ones who had been wearing them, lol!!).But that new house rule triggered a big debate about personal freedom in the work-place. Although I didn’t always agree with HR’s standards, in the shoe-case I totally did. Lovely for leisure time and the beach but for business meetings, I’d definitely have voted no for that one too.
We started calling it “The Thong-Gate Affair” and my colleagues and I would laugh hilariously when the “ineffable” flip-flops suddenly appeared in the editorial part of the magazines that we worked for. But isn’t it interesting that it was mainly the shoe that was made a fuss about and not the clothes? Proving just how significant our choice of shoe is when we dress for success.
Anyway, I believe it’s the whole package that can make us look powerfully professional from head to (shoe-)toe.
When styling my business looks I usually use the following guideline:
1. Do I feel good in my work-attire?
Just like I do with my normal outfits I prefer light and comfy materials such as cashmere or silk, and the same goes with my business attire too. There’s nothing more disturbing than scratchy fabrics or a painful shoe whilst you’re having to convincingly give a presentation in a business meeting.
Even in business meetings I love to look and feel feminine. But that does not include showing a lot of bare skin - because that is totally not office appropriate. But I believe there is nothing wrong with living out your femininity at work too. With my styles, I want to express who I am, and I am a modern feminist. So, I prefer to stay true to myself and celebrate womanhood at work too. I love to enhance my silhouette, e.g. with high-waisted chic pants and comfortable heels.
2. What message do I spread with this outfit?
A suit is always a good idea for the office. And a grey one needn’t look dull. To avoid looking like a plain Jane I added some beautiful blues into the mix. When I’m running from one appointment to the next I always make sure I wear clothes that give me room to move in and shoes that are just heeled enough to elevate my look but not too high to dash around in. This Högl pumps measures 75mm – sounds high, but doesn’t feel like it at all.
“When I’m running from one appointment to the next I always make sure I wear clothes that give me room to move in and shoes that are just heeled enough to elevate my look but not too high to dash around in.”
3. What’s on my work agenda?
Depending on what’s on my schedule for that day I tend to tailor my outfit to who I’m going to be meeting with. If it’s a client from the Fashion or Beauty industry I might dare to go a little bolder with colours and prints - within reason though. For the most part, I try to keep my business attire elegant whilst demonstrating a little effort. Being well-dressed always shows respect to my clients and hopefully is appreciated too.
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