I’ve learned in business that it’s not what you do but how you do things that can make an impact in your career. The same holds true with fashion & style; it’s not always what you wear but how you wear an item that can make all the difference. Let me give you a Career Girl scenario where this holds true:
Take Jasmine: she’s been recently hired at a growing tech startup company as the Director of Marketing. Her company culture promotes innovation, and creativity is always encouraged. One of the perks of her job is that she can wear jeans to work every day. Her daily attire consists of jeans and a t-shirt, and her mostly male colleagues wear the same thing. She never thought the way she dressed negatively affected how she was perceived, until one day she overheard a colleague say “ Jasmine’s so cute, she dresses like a little girl.” Some may take this as a compliment, but Jasmine took offense to this comment. As one of the senior leaders of the company, she definitely didn’t want her colleagues to think she was a little girl. She loved her t-shirt and jeans look since it was comfortable and easy to throw together. She wasn’t overly concerned about her attire since she felt she had more important tasks to conquer — like meeting the quarterly growth goals of the expanding company. Her busy schedule consisted of team strategy meetings, investor meetings, and entertaining clients. She felt her jeans uniform helped her easily transition from all her daily meetings.
Then she met Olivia. Olivia was the VP of Operations, and was well respected in the company. Olivia also wore the t-shirt and jeans uniform, but to Jasmine, Olivia always looked more fabulous. Olivia didn’t have a higher paying job, an easier schedule, or access to an unlimited wardrobe: Olivia’s secret was that she used transitional pieces in her wardrobe that could take her from one meeting to the next. Her go-to transitional piece was her blazer, and she always had one at her desk. She incorporated blazers into her t-shirt and jeans attire, and wore bold statement pieces like a fun skirt or shoes on the days of her meetings. She always made sure what she wore fit her well and made her feel great.
Olivia and Jasmine realized that they actually wore the same jeans after a water cooler conversation about the recent Gilt.com jean sale. The difference between Olivia and Jasmine was that Olivia mixed up her look and added some personality to her wardrobe. She didn’t just wear her jeans and t-shirt to the team strategy meetings: she would also throw on a blazer to add some polish to her outfit. When she had an investor meeting, she managed to still look creative and professional. Olivia preferred the t-shirt and jeans look just like Olivia, but she also knew that how she wore the t-shirt and jeans made a difference.
I challenge you to take a look at your own wardrobe. Don’t just look at what you wear but how you wear the items in your wardrobe. Can you add to your usual uniform with a blazer?
Check out some ideas to on how to wear a Tweed Blazer below: