With every new step comes a wave of anxiety, including in that establishing a career comes a wardrobe crisis. Getting thrown into a world of conservative, prim and fancy is no small issue, especially when the way you're ultimately received is shaped so much by first impressions. Of course, there's that good-old saying "don't judge a book by its cover", but really don't you judge harshest when you first meet new people?
As Edith Head famously noted, "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." Which makes me wonder, is the secret to success a killer wardrobe? Well, of course qualities as intelligence, dignity, honesty and wit are obviously useful. But does this mean they are not as important as a killer pair of Christian Louboutin heels? Don't be freaked out... I am only joking!!! But if you do believe in the above statement, then this post is about to get super dull for you....
... At the end of the day, the work that you put into your future is likely what will determine what you will receive in return. No hard work = no return and in that case Mr. Louboutin cannot rescue even someone who owns a dozen pairs. For me as a woman, being able to stand on my own two feet proudly will be my biggest career success. Therefore when presented with such an opportunity as my new internship I really do want to do my best.
As some of you darling women know, being young and commanding respect is not an easy task. Being girl-y is often frowned upon in a "serious professional" atmospheres, and I should know from being under-estimated for liking pink, getting my hair done, obsessing over my nails, and prefer skirts over pants. I have been told that "with such a pretty face, you don't have to work hard" (dirt bag #1). Just smile!" or "why not just marry well?!" (dirt bag #2). Sure some women are lucky enough to be "born" into wealth and can explore their interests without the pressure of financial independence. But for the rest of us, working hard is necessary in order to succeed. And for those few that think that pretty looks can secure you a lovely life, expect a big slap of reality at some point. Same goes for those that believe in depending on men, at one point they may get bored and soon comes the next one. With the opportunities and privileges that we have in North America (can't speak for the rest of the world) it is an absolute shame that women underestimate their abilities. Although there inevitably hard times and someone telling you that you will fail, remember that there will also be times when someone is going to open a new door for you. I am very excited to open mine...I am wearing: ♥ Club Monaco Christina Silk Shirt ♥ Henry Duarte No. Q65 Lamb Leather Blazer ♥ BCBG Max Azria A-Line Skirt ♥ Calvin Klein Mesh Stockings ♥ Pedro Garcia Suede Mary Jane Pumps ♥ H&M Bow Hairband
This is such an important step to be accepted for who I am, and also to stay true to my personal style. By planning out my work wardrobe and purchasing over a long period of time, I was able to spend more on every item and did not have to max my Visa or compromise on quality. You can find my new purchases here (updated regularly). Overtime, I have created a work wardrobe that had some of my favorite staples. And the latest addition was this beautiful BCBG Max Azria skirt. It fits my wardrobe perfectly, and I adore the feminine shape. At the end of the day, I settled on black and white but with personal touches. I think the hardest part was to never compromise on yourself and the person that you're :)
Wishing What are your work wardrobe secrets???
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