The dynamic sisters Shweta and Ruchi Bhatia have one thing in common for sure; their love for fashion. Shweta, a self professed shopaholic also happens to be the Fashion & Beauty Editor at Femina Middle East while Ruchi works in finance.
Over a cup of coffee, my friend, a renowned image consultant, and I struck up a conversation about women and power dressing. With women reaching great heights in their career, a lot of it has to do with the way they dress.
One of the key components of any executive power dressing is, ‘Appearance’. An appearance, apparently, takes about 30 seconds to leave an impression. It has been said that the way you dress at a workplace, plays an important role in the success of your career.
With that wisdom imparted upon me, I came up with my list of all the fashion faux pas that must be on the “Out of Office” mode.
No matter how rushed you are in the morning, make sure that you have the time to dry out your drenched locks. Arriving to work with wet hair shows that you are disorganized and have no time management skills. And it shows that you ain’t ready for work yet. So turn back those alarms fifteen minutes earlier and use that dryer.
Not wearing any makeup means you don’t take yourself seriously. But wearing too much off it means that you don’t take your work seriously. Try not overdoing it as if a wedding was in the vicinity and you just dropped in to work. Save the smoky eyes and the dark hues on the lips for the weekend night out.
Ill fitting clothes
Not too loose, not too tight, just keep it right. This is the mantra you should recite when choosing your outfit in the morning. Believe it or not, but if your clothes are too big or too small, it’s just not going to look good.
No one wants their olfaction destroyed. It’s important to keep yourself clean and Body Odor (BO) is one of the first things that needs to be attended to. In a city where our locals leave a tantalizing trail of scent behind them, you don’t want to stand out with a distinct odor.
If heels are not your thing, then you can wear flat ballet pumps or maybe look at wearing flat sandals with a backstrap that can make your look a little more formal, but slip ons or slippers just kill the professional look instantly. It says that it takes a whole of eight seconds for a person to notice everything about you when they first meet you and one of the first things they notice is your footwear.
Ignoring your beauty needs
Time for your eyebrows, waxing or a manicure? Are you thinking people haven’t noticed yet? Are you thinking your chipped nail paint has not come into the eye of the person you’re talking to? Guess what? Pop! Just burst that bubble. Please don’t ignore your beauty appointments. Having regular manicures, clean limbs and no unibrow is a good idea when you are amongst professionals constantly gesturing to get your point across.
DON’T shine bright like a diamond
Clothes that you wear to work must mean business. If your job allows you to dress up in bright hues, keep the colors solid and stay away from fluorescents. Save the sequences and sparkles for the parties and dinners. You don’t want to be a disco ball in the middle of greys, blacks and blues.
Cover up that body art
So you like to express yourself and decided to ink your entire sleeve or your lower back. If you are working in
a serious office environment, it would be advisable to keep the artwork under wraps during office hours. The common perception people usually have (sad, but true) is that you probably are a wild child and aren’t very serious about life. Also, when meeting clients, tattoos form a very different opinion of the company that you represent.