A few years ago, I got a call from a young woman in my office.
She wanted to buy a shirt that said “My body belongs to me” on the front.
She’d just gotten married, and she didn’t want to give up her home and belongings.
The next morning, I told her to send me a photo of her new outfit and we could start the conversation.
After she was done shopping, I handed her my new outfit.
She said, “Thank you for your time and consideration.
I’ve already gotten a lot of compliments on it.”
I told my wife, “Well, I’m going to get a lot more of those, so don’t hold me back.”
And so I got rid of my office shirt, but she still got a shirt with her own message: “I’m not your mom anymore.”
When women want to get their voices heard in the workplace, they often get the message that the way they dress is their business.
The way we dress is how we will be seen by our coworkers, bosses, and peers.
But we’re not always comfortable wearing a shirt made of cotton and sewn by women.
And many employers don’t want their employees to feel that way.
One of the best ways to change the perception of what’s acceptable in women’s work is to create an atmosphere that encourages people to dress appropriately, and to take ownership of their bodies.
Here are seven tips to make dressing up more like work: Dress with confidence.
Dress like you belong.
For a long time, men’s clothing companies encouraged women to wear what they wore in the office.
It was assumed that women who wore business attire would be seen as a threat.
“When you wear a business suit, your coworkers will think that you’re the boss,” says Elizabeth L. Stahl, who was a manager at Macy’s and has been a professional dressmaker for 40 years.
“If you’re wearing business attire, you’re going to be in charge.
The men will think you’re in charge.”
Today, many workplaces are changing that.
In 2014, Macy’s started offering women’s business suits to employees.
Companies are starting to recognize that it’s not just about being a woman, but being a good, committed, and self-assured person who looks good.
This makes the work environment feel more comfortable and inviting.
Dress in a way that will make you feel good.
There are many reasons to wear business suits, including to get ahead in the workforce and as a way to show that you have the “right attitude” about business.
But one of the most important is to dress in a fashion that will get you noticed.
Stoll says that people will notice you if you are wearing a business outfit, and that it will show you are confident and committed to your career.
“It’s very important that you make a conscious effort to dress professionally and to be a professional,” Stoll adds.
“This is not a matter of if, but when you are going to dress like a business person.
Stoll recommends wearing business suits that fit a range of body types and that you choose the right size to fit your body type. “
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard of women who are at the top of their fields, but they still look like they’re not in charge, and the other women are so confident that they wear business clothing that they have to wear them around the office, or they can’t even wear the same outfit for dinner.”
Stoll recommends wearing business suits that fit a range of body types and that you choose the right size to fit your body type.
“The best way to do that is to start by choosing the size that fits your body and the style of the suit,” she says.
“Then you can pick a size that works best for your body shape, and then you can experiment with different fits.
This way, you will find a suit that will work for you, but one that will fit the way you look and feel.”
Make the conversation happen.
When you wear business attire at work, you are making a statement.
If you’re trying to get the attention of a coworker or colleague, talk about it.
“People are so afraid of dressing inappropriately that they will not say anything,” Stahl says.
If a coworking relationship is in the works, make sure that the conversation is happening, too.
“A lot of women feel uncomfortable being in a dress,” says Stoll.
“They don’t like to be alone with their clothes, so it is a source of tension.
When a coworkes eyes are on you, you feel more confident.”
Stahl has a simple message for employees: “Be confident in yourself, and make it a point to talk about your clothes.
If someone says, ‘That’s the worst outfit I’ve ever seen you wear,’ tell them that they are right.
And then, if they don’t respond, be firm.
If they don’s, tell them