Guest Author - LaTeisha Clément
Work is not only something you do at the office. It can be done anywhere-coffee shops, diners, parks, you name it. If you are running a business deal in the boardroom, meeting with clients over dinner, or attending social events with other stylish women, the key is to look the part. People will respect you more when they see that you put in the effort to be presentable. So, come with your A game.
The first step is confidence. Know that you look good. We all have our days when things do not go right. The doctor gives us unexpected news, our hair gel will not stay put, or the baby keeps on crying. Why? This is life and unfortunately, we cannot change a thing. We only have the power to control our reactions. Confidence falls under how you approach these situations and it can make or break any outfit.
The next step is your appearance. Yes, I am talking clothes, fashion and everything in between Get out an outfit that says, 'I respect your business and I look good while doing it!'. There is nothing wrong with wearing a tailored print pantsuit that is lined with faux leather. Simply ensure that it is appropriate. You can even wear Jimmy Choo shoes. Showing your personality is great in any professional setting. It will shock those who are watching you as they silently nod in approval.
What makes you different from all of the others is your savvy. This type of fierceness can exist everywhere and in business, it can also be through shoes. Pumps always do the trick and high heels bring about a certain flair that is undeniable. But, if flats appease you, get a pair that are sharp and crisp. I speak of loafers all of the time because of their clean-cut and precise shape. Invest in them. Oxford shoes work also. These go very well with pants that are tapered at the ankles. You can even go as far as wearing them with a dress. It has been done successfully.
Fashion has its place on the runway, the red carpet, and even in your business. What you wear at a show may not be the style of choice for a corporate dinner. However, you can still tap into fashion. In showing your style, you expresses a sense of self. No one wants to lose touch with who they are. When conducting business, just keep it professional.
This is the flair that you bring to the table. It will be your stamp of approval. You know who you are, you are dressing the part and closing the deal at the same time. Business is about confidence, dress and attraction (not in the romantic sense). Do not sell yourself short.