Do you know what your business attire for women tells your boss, a prospective client, or the recruiter who could be offering you the professional opportunity of a life-time?
Since people make judgments, right or wrong, about who you are within seconds of laying eyes on you (see some examples of just what womens business clothes can "say" in the "Clothes Speak" video in the True Style Studio Video Library) and since your appearance can effect your earning potential, getting useful feedback on what your womens business attire is saying might be the best thing you do for your career today.
We're inviting you to get some independent feedback on your professional appearance today. Complete the form below, upload a photo of you in your womens skirt suits, pant suits or separates, including your finishing touches, then "listen" to find out what you are communicating and get some tips on refining your look.
Some other "players" have jumped in the game to share and get feedback on their women's business attire. Now it's your turn! Have fun! You're also invited to return the favor by letting another member of the community know what you think her business attire for women is saying.
Before we hear from our community, here are some words of wisdom from some industry professionals...
"If we want to be taken seriously we need to manage our personal brand or others will do it for us. Your goal in choosing your work attire should be to manage perceptions and create a positive image."
"You can do anything you want in life if you dress for it."
How to Dress for Success
"There is no question that if a woman dresses casually and she is competing with a man or woman who dresses conservatively, she puts herself at a disadvantage.
To research this we used pictures of men and women we described as "twins." They were identical except for normal gender differences: the man was taller, heavier, and so on.
We put both in suits, the woman in a skirted suit and the man in a traditional men's suit. Then we showed the pictures to a cross section of business-people and asked which one was the vice president and which one was the assistant,which one was destined to go to the top, and similar questions.
The men had a slight advantage. However, when we had both remove their jackets, the men won hands down every time. Between 80 and 90 percent of those questioned identified the man as the person with power and authority.
When men dress casually and have to deal with relative strangers they lose some of their authority; when women do the same the lose most of theirs."
John T. Molloy,
New Women's Dress for Success
Getting independent feedback on something like business attire for women can help you make sure that your professional appearance maximizes your looks and career opportunities.
Click below to see feedback from other visitors to this page and find out if your womens business clothes are saying what you want to hear.
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