Here is some advice to all of you women out there that are living in another decade. I may be one of you, but I am fighting it, and you should too. Here is some advice to help you stand out (or not so much) in the workplace.
- Follow the dress code. You should consider your workplace dress code and follow it. You may not feel like it or notice it, but you can bet that every one of your coworkers notices when you don’t wear hose in a law office or are showing an inch too much leg. If your workplace is conservative, you need to be too.
- Likewise, if you work in a fun environment by all means have fun. But, if you want to get ahead in that environment you should also look professional. Think about how your look will translate to your customers or clients. Tacky is not fun or cute. Don’t take it too far.
- Don’t be a dud. I see women wearing giant sneakers with their suits to walk to work. I see people in sweat suits working out. There are more fashionable items for every environment. If you walk a long distance to your office, wear some black Sketchers or ballet flats. Ditch the sweat suits for yoga pants and a t-shirt. Don’t weigh yourself down with twenty bags either. Downsize!
- Get a new look. Fake nails, permed hair, fake orange tan? What do these items have in common? They mean you are trying to hard to be something you are not! Don’t be high maintenance. Enhance what you have going for you. It should come naturally and not be forced. Besides, guys don’t notice how hard you are trying anyway. They think you look just as good without it.
- Don’t get stuck in the past. While you don’t want to spend the rest of your life dressing like your teenage daughter (because that is a major fashion don’t), try on the new shapes and styles that come out every year. You might find some new things that really flatter you, and that is always good. Just don’t try too hard.
So my fashion advice today is to stop trying so hard, and go with the flow. That means dress code plus a few things that make you who you are, as long as they are not what makes a slob or a diva who she is. Got it?