Business Strategies // Skirts Versus Pants

You wouldn’t normally think that how you dress contributes to your personal business strategy, but it was brought to my attention that it does.

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Maybe we should take a note from Selena Gomez at We Day in California (2014).

Recently, while discussing upcoming trade shows and events that Simply Hired, Inc. could set up a booth at, we ended up touching on what to wear. An executive level colleague shared, “the more femininely dressed the better, unfortunately. It’s true.”

At first I wasn’t very surprised. Yet, when I reflected on what I wore to the #SimplySocial2014 event the week before, I had worn a black suit. Nothing is more professional to me, than a woman wearing a suit. That perspective was now in question.

It’s not to say that I think suits are not a good choice, but instead, it’s about how you are treated by others at the event or in the workplace. During the event, amongst recruiting professionals, I didn’t seem to make any waves. That being said, it could have been because I was on Guest List patrol and overseeing the arrival of guests.

I don’t disagree with her statement, and I’m no hard hitting feminist either. When it comes to branding yourself in a professional way, and the clothes you choose to do this, I’m not sure which argument wins.

Pencil skirts have always been a professional staple in any woman’s wardrobe. I have a few hanging in my closet as we speak. However, I do think it is important to highlight your gender at professional events because (sadly) it does seem to make a difference in how you’re perceived.

Moving forward, I’m definitely not going to discard what my colleague said. I will also continue to believe that a classic suit just does the trick sometimes. Especially, with an added pop of colour underneath.

Maybe, just maybe, it all comes down to the shoes?

 

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4 Responses to Business Strategies // Skirts Versus Pants

  1. interesting especially since a fashionable trend for women lately is the suit….i think YSL and a bunch of fashion houses are really pulling the androgynous look lately. case in point, emma watson who still looks super feminine, classy AND bold even while dressing classically “manly”.

    • Dee says:

      Thanks for commenting Isabella! I completely agree and love love love what Emma Watson is wearing! I mean, skinny suits are all the rage so maybe it is the difference between having a loose fit versus slim cut!

  2. Taylor says:

    It’s a sad, enduring fact that the constraints of femininity continue to linger in our society. Despite the fact that many people claim we live in a post-feminist world, it’s evident that women still struggle against the expectations placed upon them.

    When I read this article, I was reminded just how much of a crucial role image plays in the professional world. Without even touching on race, how we dress informs others of our personality. Even though women are obtaining power positions, it still seems like they have to conform to being feminine. Are pantsuits too aggressive? Perhaps. They are practical and can be downright chic. I’m talking Madonna in “Express Yourself” chic. After all, should women be forced to brave the cold Toronto winters in pencil skirts? I think not!

    The other side of the coin here is that women actually have tremendous freedom with their fashion choices and are given a greater opportunity to showcase their distinct personalities. Men are limited to their business attire, whereas women have such a huge range available to them. We need look no further than Meryl Streep’s wardrobe in “The Devil Wears Prada” to see how fabulously women can dress in the corporate world (you just need the plastic to afford it).

    Bottom line, fashion is an extension of who you are. If you’re a pantsuit kind of gal, then stock up. If not, skirts are okay too. Just make sure you’re comfortable in what you wear and that it’s appropriate for the job. After all, you don’t want to look as ridiculous as Amy Adams looked in “Man Of Steel,” running around in a tight skirt when she’s actually supposed to be a hard-hitting journalist who is quite active. I mean really, how can she dodge falling debris when her legs are practically glued together? 😉

    • Dee says:

      Haha, I love all of the references to female celebrities, roles and fashionable attire. You’re completely correct in showcasing both sides of the argument. Hence why I chose to wear a dress to a networking event this evening rather than pants or a suit. I’ve taken a note from my Simply Hired Colleague and I’m going to dress the part tonight. 😉

      Thank you for reading and contributing to my blog with this insightful comment! You can guest post on my blog anytime.

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