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Polish Your Professionalism: Create a Workplace Wardrobe that Works

dressforsuccessMy friend Carol just went back to work after 10 years of running her own company from the comfort of her sofa, in her yoga clothes.

Although her new firm takes a casual approach to attire, with nary a power suit to be seen, my friend immediately went out and bought a whole new work wardrobe. Smart, fitted blazers. Well-tailored slacks. Beautiful blouses. And classic, comfortable yet stylish shoes and boots.

Why did Carol go to all that expense if she could have just gone to work in jeans? Five important reasons:

1. Her work clothes from before she owned her own firm were old and outdated.
2. Her new job pays in the six figures, and she wanted to look the part.
3. She wants to be considered for a promotion to a job with much higher responsibility.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business professionalism, influencing others, Leadership, leading, personal branding, professional development, wardrobe, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

It’s Holiday Party Time! What to Wear to Office Year-End Celebrations

Holiday-Office-Party-Looks-FirstPicBRODY’s year-end holiday dinner is next week. When is yours? If it hasn’t happened yet, you can benefit from this blog …

Actually, the title of this post might be a bit misleading, because without knowing you, your figure, your age, your industry, or the level of formality of your office holiday party, I can’t actually tell you what to wear.

Even without any of that information, however, I can tell you how to dress with one word: respect.

I think dressing up for the holidays is part and parcel (pun intended) of the joy of this season. So, definitely do dress up for that office shindig, but pay close attention to exactly what is said on the invite. Is it black tie? Is it semi-formal?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, holiday party, office party, wardrobe, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Are Self-Confidence Issues Holding You Back Professionally? If So, You’re Not Alone

A few blogs ago, I wrote about the importance of self-confidence — and how women often have a harder time owning their achievements.

Over the past few months, high-powered female execs like Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo) have been all over the news. I’ve written about Ms. Sandberg’s assertion that women need to take a larger place in the top levels of corporations nationwide, and some of the reasons why they might not.

I agree with her belief that it’s not so much about the “glass ceiling,” but women’s own insecurities that are holding us back. Now, a new study conducted in the U.K. and reported on MSN living bears that out. The article, “Working Women Held Back by Lack of Confidence,” cites a Head and Shoulders commissioned study (yes, that Head and Shoulders) of 2,000 British career women.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in business professionalism, development, Executive coaching, glass ceiling, personal branding, professional development, self-marketing, taking on leadership roles, wardrobe, women breaking glass ceiling, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Summer Workplace Business Casual Doesn’t Mean T-Shirts, Sandals & Tanks … Oh My! (part 1 of 2)

workplace-shoesIs it just me, or does summertime feel more relaxed and more casual than the rest of the year?

It makes perfect sense. After all, conducting business lunches on some restaurant’s outdoor deck is definitely more relaxing than having to reschedule them because of the two feet of snow that just buried your Prius.

Many businesses allow business casual attire throughout the heat of the summer months. (And many don’t, so make sure you find out before slipping into that polo.) But guys, does this mean you can show up to work in Birkenstocks, cargo shorts and your favorite Pink Floyd T-shirt? And ladies, does this mean you can put on your spaghetti-strap sundress and spike-heeled gladiator sandals?

Most definitely NOT on both fronts!

But, what is “business casual,” anyway, and how can you stay cool but maintain your professional appearance at work?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, business dress code, business etiquette, business faux pas, business professionalism, Etiquette, Generation Y, professional development, wardrobe, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.