Women's authors can be exclusive about their clothes. A writer in my home town wears hats that stand out from the crowd. I do not wear hats, and after 30+ years of writing I have established my own dress code. If you were to summarize the code in two words would be conservative and comfortable.
Conservative doesn't have to be boring, and I put up clothes with colorful scarves and jewelry. Where I speak also affects my clothing choices. Several years ago, I spoke to the Minneapolis Women Expo. I had the red – the power color – and it helped me to separate me from the other speakers.
"Women & # 39; s Clothing and Looking Professional", an article on the Women's Clothing site, says your clothing choices affect how people perceive you. "Showing a professional is about creating a stylish and conservative image that works everywhere," the article explains. Meetings are still professional, but women in the workplace dress more casual today.
You can prepare for a book game. What are you wearing? The answer depends on the size of the group, the location of your call and how you want to remember. These points can also help you.
1. Wear clothes that are right. Avoid skin-tight slacks and skirts and tops that are too revealing. Many women wear skirts that are thumbs over the knee and I have seen too many thighs on the TV. I rarely wear skirts and when I do, they are knee lengths. Remember that a short skirt rides up when you sit down.
2. Think of color psychology. Recently, I spoke to a group of church librarians. When I first dressed in a purple shirt. Then I remembered that purple is a symbol of grief. Although I was talking about grief resources, I wanted people to leave in an optimal mood, so I switched to a turquoise sweater.
3. Take care of repairs. A ripped sleeve, loose button and pantyhose riddled with runs sends the message that you don't care about your appearance. Decide what to wear. Look at the garments carefully and make any repairs.
4. Dress the audience. When I talk to volunteer groups I dress temporarily. Casual clothing is a better match for this audience and seems to lead to more issues. When I dress, I wear a black pencil skirt or slacks, and accessorize them with jackets and sweaters.
5. Accessories carefully. Kashmira Lad discusses jewelry in her internet article, "Women's Classic Professional Clothing." According to Lad, women in the workplace should have simple, elegant jewelry and "save bling jewelry for Fridays." Let think that an elegant watch can be an interesting accessory. Choose a scarf with colors that compliment your face.
Above all, I think that women's writers should dress for comfort. This includes comfortable shoes and handbag. "The right bag helps increase your image," explains Lad, and she recommends the classic colors in black and brown. Whether you wear slacks or a skirt, dress professionally, you care about your work and your audience. You have a good start!
Copyright 2010 by Harriet Hodgson