Dress for Success
One thing I really love about my job is business dress. I mean, I love planning event and I love that I love my job. I am happy to be with the company I am. But I really do love business dress. There is something so grown up to getting up every morning and needing slacks or a blazer over a pair of jeans and a T shirt. Plus, business dress has really helped me to expand my wardrobe. To mix and match items to become a business professional. And it has changed my shopping habits. I used to always go straight for the shirts. But now shirts are the last thing I look at. First I look for a fun pencil skirt or a stylish blazer.
Every month we have a leadership meeting for Managers and Supervisors at our property.This month’s meeting was with an image consultant. She gave us ideas on how to dress for our job and how to speak/look professional. She went into a lot of details onto how much a first impression ways into the rest of the interaction. Her concepts were very eye opening. The one thing that stuck out to me most was her levels of dressing. She had four levels and the higher up you went in levels the more professional your outfit was. Being a level four meant layers (like a jacket or blazer), a collar (double collars rank you as a high four), dark contrasting colors, and for females a skirt is always higher than pants in professionalism.
She said if you are dressed as a four you are prepared to meet with any person – be it the president or a lunch meeting with your friend. And I agree. This is one of my level four outfits with my new [and FUN... who said my work outfits can't be trendy still!?] pencil skirt! What do you wear to work? What do you dress up for? What would you say is your most business professional outfit?
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