How to Dress for Every Business Environment

I’ve recently been speaking with a lot of women who have been seeking my advice on what they should wear to work.  I respond with my version of “20 questions” so I can understand what their professional goals and personal style preferences are before I offer advice.  Eventually, I always get to the question of, “what is your work environment like?”

One mistake we make is that we don’t dress according to the company dress code.  Think about that person in your office that is always looks more casual than the rest of your colleagues.  What words would you use to describe them?  Junior? Inexperienced?  Not ambitious?  The reality may be further from the truth but it doesn’t matter; you’ve already made up your mind.

Adhering to the dressing norms of your company is the first step to building your personal brand and your executive presence.  Which brings me to this graphic I found on Business Insider.  If you are looking for a quick guide on what is acceptable in your corporate environment, then take a look at this.  Just keep in mind that this is meant to be a starting point.  Style is personal and its important your personality always shines through.  It makes you stand out and ultimately you want to leave a lasting impression.  Here’s a link to the entire article:  How To Dress Like A Leader In Any Work Environment

 

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#MassWomen Styling Event – The Value of a LinkedIn Picture

Hello all!  What a Thursday!  Yesterday I attended the MA Conference for Women both as an attendee but also (and most importantly)to style women for their professional head shots. It’s all about that first impression, so I wanted to make sure that all the ladies looked picture perfect and ready to conquer their career aspirations.   I got up at 5:30am, arrived at the convention center at 7am and was on my feet (really 4 inch heels) all day.  I met so many amazing women – so impressed with the positive and uplifting energy. It was such a pleasure for me to converse with them and learn about their careers and passions.

If you have a LinkedIn profile (which you should!) make sure you have a photo uploaded as well.  If you don’t, you are doing yourself a disservice.  Your photo can make your resume stand out from all the others that may look similar.  It’s also a window into who you are.  And it’s for that reason that you want to make sure you look your very best in the picture.  That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to do this – I work in corporate America and, more importantly, my role in human resources gives me a unique insight into what hiring managers are saying about candidates.  So I know what looks good in the working world.  A great picture that captures you at your best can make a difference.

A special shout out to the photographer I worked with, Nicole Connolly, owner of Photo Fabulous You.  She is a true professional and has an eye for bringing out the best in her clients.

 

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Women Supporting Women at MA Conference for Women

Today is the big day!  The Massachusetts Conference for Women is finally here.  After weeks of planning, it’s showtime!

Mass Conference for Women

If you are one of the 10,000 women attending today’s event in Boston, please stop by booth 637 to join Photo Fabulous You and me for a fun experience. Let me help you own your personal brand with an image that reflects who you are.  Then let Photo Fabulous You capture your style with a complementary LinkedIn head shot.  Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Celebrate Halloween Without Tarnishing Your Personal Brand

In honor of Halloween, this week I’ll be dishing style advice for work appropriate Halloween costumes.  Just because it’s the one holiday of the year where anything goes, doesn’t mean you can be that literal at the office.  Let’s face it, work doesn’t stop, our clients will call us and while the atmosphere may be a little bit more laid back, you could get pulled into a meeting with a Vice President AT ANY MOMENT.  You do not want to be in that meeting thinking “I should not have worn this costume today.”  So it’s important your Halloween festivities are on-point.  Here are a few tips for celebrating while still being office ready.

  • Halloween is not the time to forget about work attire etiquette.  Thinking of dressing up like a sexy nurse or a sultry vampire?  Think again.  You still want to be taken seriously so make sure your costume doesn’t give too much away, or everything.  You wouldn’t dress provocatively on any other day, so don’t start today.

If it says "sexy" on the packaging, don't wear it to the office.

  •  Make sure you are client ready, literally.  Even though it’s a fun holiday, our clients need us, and when they do, they mean business.  Don’t get caught looking like an episode from “Walking Dead”.

 

 

 

  • Leave offensive costumes at home.  Better yet, leave them at the store.  It goes without staying, racist or offensive costumes are a no-no, no matter what the occasion.  It’s about having fun, not being a jerk.

Rude costumes need not show up.

 

  • The best costume ideas are the ones that incorporate your professional attire.  If you have a casual Friday policy, you can wear jeans with a flannel top, add a hat and boots and you are a cowgirl.  Hat off with a quick shoe change and you are ready for that last minute meeting.  Have to dress more “corporate”?  How about a black sheath, a string of pearls, hair pulled back and now you are channeling Audrey Hepburn.

 

Can't go wrong with a classic.

 

Hope these tips get you into the Halloween spirit while keeping your reputation intact.  Have fun and stay safe!  Happy Halloween!