Thank you for your comments on yesterday’s post !!! It was so interesting reading them all, you guys rock !!! I loved how you shared your experience about your workplaces. Here are a few that made me laugh or rang a bell to me…
“I am a journalist and I’ve always loved clothes, even if I didn’t always have the budget to afford them. But I understood very fast that it was important for a career. So I carefully invested in my wardrobe: ‘Dress for the job you want.’ It always plays an important role for my promotions and the different editors-in-chief that I’ve have don’t hide it. My professionalism is there but my style is distinctive and for my employers it means: she will manage more, she can be the image of media on TV or conferences.
Even though I come from a modest background, elegance is a refinement that allows me to get into more elite circles.
To be chic is a politeness I have toward others and a way to protect myself. High heels, jacket, scarf, jewerly, it makes an impression and that’s good. Even when I am tired, those rituals keep me motivated. The more I am tired, the more I count on that: it works each time.
Two years ago, I had cancer and I lost my hair and was exhausted. But the wig and the clothes were there to protect me: fashion was super important to making me feel better, I took advantage of it to ask for Hermès scarves! And, to celebrate the end of the chemo, I bought myself super high Prada heels! I’ll never change!
A thousand kisses!!! “
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain.
“I almost never had this problem, except when I worked in Australia, there doctors don’t wear a white coat, the men go to work in a suit and the woman have to be dressed either in a deux pieces or chic pants with a nice shirt.
Well I didn’t have any of those at that time. But the fact, that I was dressed like the nurses (something like “jeans, t shirt, converse”) did actually help me, because the patients more than once said to me, that they would rather talk to me than to “the doctor” (my superior in a suit). Of course this might have been different on a other ward, I used to work on a psychiatric ward then.
But this story shows how much clothes make an impact. The fact that I was wearing clothes that were not screaming “doctor” made the patients have more faith in me, even though they knew that I actually am a doctor, but they would rather talk to someone wearing similar clothes to them, one patient even told me once: ” I don’t want to talk to the suit guy!”
So at the beginning my superior once told me to dress differently but after time he realized that my jeans, t shirt and converse did actually help getting in touch with the patients.”
“At the same time I remember that tweet from Lauren Santo Domingo: “There are two types of girls: those that can make cheap clothes look expensive and those that make designer clothes look cheap… ” And it reassures me. Or not.”