She knows that I own a store and we sometime talk about clothing and fashion. On a recent drive, I complimented her on her beautiful suit. She thanked me and said "I love it when I feel like I look great in something and it looks good on me! It reminds me of the power suits I would wear when I worked! You know, there were some days that you just had to look really good!"
I loved her comment and was heartened that my female predecessors in the workplace also considered their favorite outfits "Power Suits." And it made me think about how I define a Power Suit!
- It has to be comfortable. There is nothing worse than wearing something too loose/too tight/too fussy.
- It has to be appropriate. Leave the too short/too cleavage revealing/too informal at home. (Well, unless you are in an line of work where that is appropriate. Let's leave it at that.)
- It should be stylish but not distract from YOU. People should be talking about you and your substance! Not what you are wearing.
- When in doubt, try it out! A few years ago, I had a major talk to give in front of over 400 people. I not only selected my outfit several days in advance, but I practiced at home walking in it and giving my speech!
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