Business Style

Stylish Employer

  • No exposed cleavage on the job
  • Dress appropriately for your industry.
  • If you don’t know, just ask someone who knows
  • Studies show a direct correlation between attire worn and work productivity.
  • If you’re a WAHM, should pj’s be your “default” choice??
  • Dressing too fashionably can hijack your professionalism to clients especially if your industry isn’t in the high fashion field
  • Skirt suit in dark grey, black or navy is a good business interview wardrobe staple in a quality wool material
  • Closed toe shoes are safer to wear than sandals at the office or store.
  • Plus the look is more polished
  • No flip flops, halter tops, shorts or other kinds of beach wear at work
  • Hosiery should be worn
  • Bare legs just isn’t a professional look
  • Skirt length should be no higher than the top of the knee.
  • Remember to keep your knees together when sitting down
  • Don’t go overboard with make-up. A natural look is preferable. Even if you don’t wear make-up, a little mascara and lip gloss should be worn.
  • Keep nails clean & trimmed.
  • The nail polish color should be a neutral shade. Nail art is for fun events on the weekend.
  • Know your dress codes… Business casual? Smart casual?? Business formal??
  • Up-date your hairstyle
  • If it’s the same style since high school, time for a change.

Shopping Tips

Shopping Tips

 

  • Remember Quality (the best you can afford) over Quantity is your shopping Mantra!!
  • Take time to shop – don’t be in a rush.
  • You’ll regret your purchasing decisions.
  • Get a good fitting bra
  • 80% of us are walking around with the wrong one. Have a bra-fitting specialist assist especially if it’s been awhile or you have experienced weight loss/gain
  • Underwear should be undetected.
  • Flesh colored is the best. Full coverage may be more attractive & preferable than the thong-style.
  • Wear a slip with dresses & skirts that are unlined to avoid any embarrassing clinging to the “cheeks”.
  • Keep tags on clothing items when you get home to make sure the color is correct. Dept store lighting can alter the appearance.
  • Try to shop alone as you could be talked into buying something your friend likes more than you do.
  • Have a plan No more impulse buying!!
  • Get on email lists of your fav stores to get a head’s up on up-coming sales or new arrivals.
  • Follow the “Three Item Rule”
    if this item doesn’t go with at least 3 other items in the closet, leave it on the rack even if the price is right.
  • Go easy on trends that are short-lived invest in good, quality classic items that you can afford.
  • Keep your shoes & boots in excellent repair reheel, if necessary and clean them.
  • Skirts & pants shouldn’t “cup” under the buttocks or protruding tummy.
  • Find a different style, instead.
  • Look at yourself sideways in the skirt.
  • Is the back higher than the front? A seamstress can fix this fitting problem.
  • Find a competent seamstress/tailor.
  • Rarely can you find a “ready-to-wear” item that doesn’t need a tweak or two.
  • Never go by size – always try everything on.
  • Avoid “logo lust” on your clothes these companies aren’t paying you to be a walking billboard sign.
  • Hem your pants to wear with heels so that the front touches the vamp of the shoe to maintain that long lean look.
  • Shoes, socks, hosiery & pants should be in the same tonal color to maintain that long vertical line.
  • Shoes must never be lighter than the hem of your pants or skirts.

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