I’m originally from Missouri, the show me state. As a result, I always want to know the reason why or why I’m not supposed to be doing something. I’ve found this holds with professional dress. Not only does it make the “fashion rule” easier to remember, but also knowing why it’s important helps you know when to break it! Before I started working as an image consultant, I was in corporate (after many years of being in the fashion world.) Once when one of my employers changed the dress code, it wasn’t very well defined, but the one rule that was [..] read more
What about summer shoes?
The second most hotly debated topic in regard to professional dress surrounds open-toed shoes in the spring and summer. (Check out the biggest debate.) For the most professional appearance, wear closed toed shoes. I can hear everyone groaning already, but there are a few reasons closed-toed shoes are more professional than open-toes or sandals. First, skin is distracting, and wearing sandals exposes a lot of skin. To further that, toes are distracting. I know that sounds a little odd, but it’s true. Your feet are a long way from your face. Forgoing open-toed shoes will help keep attention at your [..] read more
The Great Hosiery Debate Goes On
To wear or skip pantyhose is the most hotly debated topic I cover in professional dress. It’s human nature to want to be ultimately comfortable and to also follow what others are doing; however, this is an area where you should really stop to think about your environment, superiors/peers and your goals. Something you may not know is that study after study shows that women who wear hosiery are viewed as more capable than their bare legged peers. They also typically earn more money. Why, you may ask? A couple of reasons…Hosiery gives a more finished look to professional clothes; [..] read more
Tighten up your winter hosiery!
If you’re looking for a quick update for you winter professional or casual wardrobe, think tights! They’re far more modern than pantyhose. They’re also warmer and much, much more comfortable. (If you don’t find them comfortable, try going up a size and they’ll stay up better.) I also find psychological comfort in the fact that I can easily tug them on, and I don’t have to worry about them running. Although tights are nothing new to fall fashion, here are a few ideas to change your look with tights. Add black tights and dressy boots to your basic business suit. [..] read more