We’ve all heard the adage: dress for the job you want, not the job you have. I haven’t met a single person who took this saying more seriously than Lidya Osadchey. Lidya was one of the featured CEOs at Ellevate Houston’s Fall Fashion Preview this week at Tootsies. While searching for job openings online at home, she was fully dressed in a suit. She is now the CEO of Escape Family Resource Center. This example may seem a bit severe, but looking all the CEOs, COOs, CFO, and other high power acronyms sitting in the front row of this event, it’s clear that female executives understand the importance of a good wardrobe. Looking polished and professional gives you confidence, demands attention and gives respect to your work.
Ellevate Houston, the local chapter of an international women’s networking group, held this event as the first in a series on personal branding. Jessica Zachary, Stylist and Ellevate board member with a “master’s in shopping”, gave the presentation and offered some great tips for giving you that extra edge in the office. Don’t worry. You’re not going to have to break out the ruler to measure the length of your skirt. Jessica’s advice will allow you to break those rules, as well as a few glass ceilings along the way.
Corporate offices may feel restrictive at times. However, if you start with a well-tailored suit, you can add a touch of flair with your underpinnings. Tops with subtle design features like ruffles or sheer layers will give your professional look a feminine edge.
Jessica’s Tip: show your personality with your accessories. These can be changed out easily with the seasons. However, invest in a good suit.
Business casual dress codes are a balance that can be difficult to get right. While you can get by most days without a full suit, you still need to look polished. Feel free to play a little with texture and patterns, but make sure the fit is still appropriate for the office.
Our favorite: the wrap dress. It’s flattering on all body types and a great transitional piece for fall.
Creative work environments may be casual, but a lack of effort in your wardrobe will sabotage your work. Especially since what you wear as a creative is indicative of your talent and taste level. Let your wardrobe describe who you are, just make sure somewhere in that description is the word “sophisticated”.