As the weather turns warmer, it’s time to put aside the heavy wool coats and winter tweed. This dress, from Banana Republic (a similar dress is here), is made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Be on the lookout for fabrics like this. It’s magical combination, and here’s why– Continue reading →
I heard this quote earlier in the week. I laughed, and thought it was too good not to share. Whether you’re going in for an interview, making a business pitch to a VC firm, or rowing out to find the elusive white whale, take your “tarter sauce” and go with confidence!
There is a lot of literature out there about how to get a job. Pretty sure if there was a do-it-yourself manual on how to get a job (and it actually worked) it would sell millions of copies. For me, it took a few years and thousands of rejection letters (See prior posts here and here) to land a good job. I’ve learned a lot from these experiences. If you and I were chatting over coffee, and you asked for my advice on how to get a job, here are the three simple secrets I would share:
What would you wear if you had the chance to attend a gala event?
Pronounced both “ɡālə” or “ɡalə “, a gala is a social event, usually with dinner and entertainment. It can be a whoop-de-doo affair and an opportunity to get dolled up for a night out. So, what about when you’re invited to go to a gala event for your job??? This is what happened to me: Continue reading →
It can happen after a speech, it can happen during a book-signing, it can happen during a conference or class reunion: the networking reception. Ah, the networking reception. What to wear to a networking reception?
This particular reception was one of those late afternoon affairs, too early for the sort of cocktail dress you might wear at a wine & cheese reception. Not a formal dinner, so the evening gown was out. Not located in a bar or lounge, so jeans and other comfy/casual was out. This is the type of networking reception where I was expected to shake hands, smile a lot, inform people that, yes, I was an associate with such-and-such firm, swap business cards as appropriate, but otherwise to sort of blend in and just be a presence in the room.
The Female Professional is dedicated to helping young women rise to the top of their respective careers. Transitioning from the classroom to the office usually means a shift in wardrobe. I experienced this shift myself, and wanted to help other women have a head-start on the learning curve. This site is an on-going project to present the what and why of fashion in the workplace. While this blog may be a work in progress, I am excited to get started and get the discussion going. Your wardrobe will be different than mine, and should reflect your personality and profession. The goal is to set out basic guidelines to make professional fashion easy to understand. Read My Standard to see what I’m looking for in my work wardrobe. Whether you are getting ready for an interview, have a company dinner coming up, or just want some ideas for what to wear around the office, this blog is designed to be a resource. Please feel free to share comments and swap ideas.