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Can you look feminine in the workplace, and still be taken seriously?
28 June 2011
As women we want to be taken seriously in the workplace because we know how hard we’ve worked to get there. However the premise often is that if we want to be considered as equal to men, we have to dress like them.
Hence today the black suit is more often than not ‘de rigueur’ in a corporate women’s wardrobe. Now we all know that how you dress affects how you are perceived in the world, but that doesn’t mean a woman can’t look feminine as well asprofessional.
I think it’s fantastic when you see a stylish and polished woman who dresses according to her own personal style. She is not confined to a black wardrobe and wears various neutralswith the added splash of colour for pizazz. In summer she will wear lighter colours like ivory, stone and soft colours as a welcome change from thedarker, more conservative colours.
Not afraid of her femininity, she will enhance her look with accessories to add the finishing touch. A silk scarfwith lots of color and interesting detailing adds a beautiful splash of hue that softens the look. A contemporary woman will also experiment new ways to tie her scarves so she never runs out of feminine looks.
Jewellery is another way to soften your look however remember less is more and have one statement piece rather than several smaller pieces.
Great fit and tailoringwill keep you looking chic and smart and when wearing a suit pair it with a soft, silky blouse rather than a business shirt.
The great think about dressing to your personal style and expressing yourself allows you to be more relaxed and innovative in your work, and most importantly get on with the job.
Now of course there is a fine line between being feminine and being sexy. It is not ok to over display your curves or show too much flesh. It’s all about being appropriate for your role, your industry and the situation.
So girls please portray your femininity in an appropriate way to be a powerful presence in the workplace.