Working Wednesday (Part 3) : Guest Blogger Claire Hastings

Be Yourself: Balancing Originality and Conformity

 

Although conformity is an asset in women’s business fashion, a personal touch won’t go amiss if chosen with due care and awareness of the workplace dress code.
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A rule-of-thumb for a ladylike expression of fashion tastes and individual quirks is to wear at least a touch of makeup for an extra dose of confidence, and to throw in a piece of statement jewelry such as an elegant pearl necklace with a formal business getup.
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For business casual clothing combinations, ladies can add a second and third accent detail, such as a prominent ring or bracelet, or a slightly more daring handbag, blouse, or shirt. Also, be sure to choose tastefully designed clothes in proper size, and round off the look with a couple of accessories that make you feel confident, stylish, and, above all, comfortable in your own skin.

Guest blogger Claire

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Though there’s more to superior corporate results than meets the eye, a businesswoman should still look her best at the workplace day in, day out. Apart from the fact that your next promotion or paycheck may depend on your dress and deportment, a lady’s business attire is her strongest weapon in the battle for respect and approval in the eyes of her coworkers and superiors – and it can also be her secret self-confidence trump card on less than stellar office days.

It has been a pleasure having Claire as a guest blogger. She has been a true professional gem and I wish her nothing but the best. Be sure to follow her work at the links below.

Claire is a regular contributor for Ripped online magazine. You can also follow Claire on Twitter.