Today is International Women’s Day. A day of celebration got how far we have come and a time to reflect on how much there still is to do. The glass ceiling still exists though there are some serious cracks in it. There’s still work to be done.
Admittedly, I am one of the lucky ones who works in a very liberal, aware, and progressive industry where there is plenty of representation of women in our executive management and middle-management.
Like it or not- as women, we are still judged on appearance, and it’s a razors edge we have to walk. I work in a customer facing role, as a National Account Manager, I am judged on my appearance every day. In the work from home world being more casual in nature, I am conscious about being presentable- it’s a sign of respect for myself and my customers. As restrictions continue to lift, there will be more times when I am meeting customers face to face and need to goal is to look pulled together and polished.
Ever heard of dressing got the job you want, not the one you have? Perception is a powerful thing, and dressing for success is an effective way to evoke your internal power. Business attire has shifted to more business casual everyday but there is something to be said about more formality on occasion.
This is very basic office attire- worn with or without a blazer. Blouse, black pants, and pumps. You might be thinking- “Big deal Cass” but what makes it pop are the details. The puffed, ruched sleeve of the blouse, the paper bag waist, and the Mary Jane pumps with bow detail. Also, this mustard yellow top looks great on brunettes.
When I’m preparing for bigger meetings I love finding outfits that give me a sense of power. Outfits that make me feel great, that stoke my confidence. So feeling less than powerful today? Trust me grab a blouse, nice pants and throw on a pair of heels…you will feel better immediately.