Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dress For Success in the Workplace

Articke as seen on

Company dress codes are a never-ending battle in the working world.

Battle No. 1: Employees misinterpret the dress code or they don't abide by it.

Battle No. 2: Companies have a code in place but don't enforce it.

Battle No. 3: Companies don't have a dress code but they still reprimand employees for wearing certain attire.

Or, Battle No. 4: There's constant objection from certain industries along the lines of, "Why do I have to look nice at work if I don't see anybody?"

For example, if you're a sales employee who meets with clients every day, it makes sense to dress professionally. But for the writer who sits in his cube all day and rarely sees the sun, let alone another person, does it really matter what he's wearing?

If he wants to be promoted, it does. In a new survey, 41 percent of employers said that people who dress better or more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization.

Where do wardrobes really matter?

According to the survey, dressing professionally is more important in some industries than it is in others.

Financial services is one industry that places the most emphasis on professional work attire. Fifty-five percent of workers in this sector say well-dressed employees are more likely to be promoted than others.

An additional 51 percent of sales representatives say the same thing about the likelihood of promotions in their industry.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, only 33 percent of manufacturing employers and 37 percent of IT employers say that professional attire influences whether or not an employee gets promoted.

Employer restrictions

Especially in the warmer months of the year, employees take advantage of more relaxed dress codes. But, professionalism shouldn't decrease as temperatures rise.

How you dress plays a critical role in how others perceive you at work. Dressing professionally in the office, despite the urge to wear a tank top and shorts, will help you project a motivated image to your boss and co-workers.

To many employers' dismay, traditional dress codes aren't always enough to keep employees from dressing inappropriately. In order to force employees to dress more professionally, some employers are banning certain items of clothing in order to limit the options workers have when it comes to their work wardrobes.

Sixty-four percent of employers surveyed have banned flip flops, while an additional 49 percent have forbidden mini-skirts. Thirty-eight percent banned sleeveless shirts and 28 percent have prohibited jeans.

More than one-third (35 percent) of companies have gone as far as to send employees home for unsuitable work garb.

*Keep this in mind when getting dressed for work or if you want to pursue a promotion, you may think that no one cares that you are wearing flip flops but unfortunately other's perceptions matter. You may be deemed a party girl or slacker simply by what you choose to wear to work.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Boho Glam: Hippie Headbands

My new look! Hippie chic headbands worn on the forehead look best with textured hair, not stick straight lest you really do want to look like a 70's flower child. I don't care for the look of the scarves worn around the forehead, it reminds me of a pirate. (Or Bruce Lee.) I also enjoy the rope texture or a print to update the look.

Free People stranded ribbon headband $9.95 (on sale!)

Plaited stretch headband $8.65 at Asos

Shopbop Nightcap Clothing fairy headband $154

JMW Hippie Peacock Headband $290 at Madison LA

Urban Outfitters feather suede headband $24

Kimono strand headband $28 at Free People

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Marc Jacobs loves boys!

Imagine my surprise when I opened my new Lucky Magazine and saw a Marc Jacobs ad with a male model wearing Marc's dresses. However, knowing Marc Jacobs love of the offbeat, I couldn't help but chuckle and make a note mental note to blog about it.

The ads, shot by photographer Juergen Teller features model Cole Mohr modeling for both the mens and the womens line. Well, it certainly saves on models.....

Monday, July 07, 2008

Do the Hustle!

Move over, Willona Woods, 70's style jumpsuits are back with an updated flair! They have been spied on several celebs throughout the summer but I got my own up close and personal look at one my fave shopping places, Marshalls. Skeptical, I surveyed the jersey one piece and took it into the dressing room. "Hmm, comfy" I thought as it slid effortlessly on and I tied the neck. It looked great with my silver thong flats but I also envisioned its foxiness with my new fuchia peep toe heels. Still not entirely convinced, I telephoned two other stone cold foxes and fed off of their compliments of "Dyn-o-mite!" and "I can dig it" giving me the go ahead. So for a mere $24 I am now the owner of groovy but versatile threads reminiscent of yesteryear.

Note the I Dream of Jeannie inspired ties at the ankle

Gwenyth Paltrow

Helena Christensen

Selma Blair

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Man Style: Cardigans and Shorts

Street style seen via The Sartorialist, is this a look that you like for your man?

I personally prefer a longer short than seen above, more of a Bermuda short but I like the look.

American Apparel cotton wide stripe cardigan $44 (the chest hair is killing me!)

Asos long shorts $118.97

Banana Republic cardigan $179

Old Navy Bermuda short $9.75 (on sale!)

and don't forget the deck shoes!

Old Navy canvas slip ons $20

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Removing the Shadow of Doubt

Are you clueless when it comes to eyeshadow application? I saw this on Tyra and was intrigued, you can buy pre-made eyeshadow applicators with the colors and designs already on them! ColorOn Professional Instant Eyeshadows require no brushes, are waterproof, crease-proof and hypo-allergenic. Ideal for a night out or everyday use, I think these are a grand idea for pros and amateurs alike! You can buy pre-selected kits or customize your own. Prices start at $18 for 10 applications.

One oval does both eyes

This color looked great on the young lady Tyra applied it on

A little exotic for my taste but this is what they are selling



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