How often have you seen a person at the office dressed in the same bland two-piece suit and tired-looking black shoes? Then one day you bump into her over the weekend and you think ‘wow, she’s actually a diva!’ A lot of the time, especially in the corporate environment, we tend to fall into the pattern of wearing a ‘uniform’ and neglect to wear clothes that express our personalities.
Don’t get me wrong, the office is no place for a fashion parade but this does not mean you must be boring. Most of the executives I have come across in the corporate environment have welcome ‘personality dressers’. These so called ‘personality dressers’ are people who dress in a way that expresses their personality yet is also appropriate for the environment in which they work. What sense does it make to dress up in mini shorts and a boob tube top for a meeting with clients? Okay, maybe you may do a better job at getting the account but it would most likely be because of your gorging cleavage and slender legs rather than your qualifications, experience and capabilities to execute the job.
So do dress up but keep in within the regulations stipulated at your work place. The reason I’m writing this is primarily based on the fact that I have become those bland people who doesn’t even seem to care what they put on in the morning. Appearances, more especially in the workplace, do matter. And people love to see a colleague, employee, or client with some personality. And before they even talk to you, they see you and what you are wearing.
I came across a Corporate Diva by the name of Hlengiwe ‘Mami’ Ngoma. Currently job hunting, Mami’s personality comes across in the way she put together her corporate outfit. She can be competitive (the feline prowess communicated by her leopard print heels); she can be sensitive (feminine and soft lace detail on her leggings) and she can be fun (the leather leggings). Her hair, although straight and neat, has colour streaks – so not bland! And her make-up is minimal and suitable for the workplace. As much as this style may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, it says what it needs to about its wearer.
Mami’s fashion tip: “Don’t apply light coloured make-up doing the day; it looks horrible. And too much eyeliner during the day, because the weather is warmer now you will sweat and it will smudge.”
So go on and be a Corporate Diva!
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