How Should Women Dress Up for the Workplace?

As a woman, you should be highly concerned to choose the right set of workplace dresses. Dressing style gone wrong can affect your professional image and performance in the office.

The style of dressing decides the professional environment of a workplace. An office with significant number of women employees is expected to be more ethical in terms of dress codes. If there are no strict dress codes at a workplace, the women should themselves shoulder the responsibility of dressing up well. Here are some useful tips for working women to display their flair to dress up well.

Latest Breed of Business Casuals

The formal business suits are getting transformed into fashion suits that belong to the breed of business casuals for women. The idea of wearing them is to inject personal style at a workplace. It enhances the working interest of women and makes them feel comfortable as well. Some other styles in this category are skirt suits, pants with casual jackets and blouses as well.

Reflect Professional Colors

Your workplace dress might have a casual appeal but it should not be over-the-top in terms of color. It is important that the shirt or top you wear beneath business jackets matches your overall attire. Don’t bring bright colors to the workplace. Black, brown, tan and off-white are the professional colors for business wear.

Don’ Take or Give Chance

A business skirt suit should have proper length so that you don’t reveal unintentionally while sitting across a meeting table. Choosing the wrong length of such a wear might distract you and others from the meeting matter. It might put a big mark f question in front of your dressing sensibility and professional image.

Some Good Accessories

Don’t overlook the importance of accessories like belts and handbags that enhance your professional dressing style. The handbag you choose must be spacious and stylish to complement your dress perfectly. Take time to choose a good pair of sandals which is capable of bearing the stress of a workplace environment. A pair or earrings is among the jewelry pieces that are allowed at workplaces.

Tips on How to Purchase Italian Womens’ Dress Shoes

Here are some insider tips on how to purchase Italian womens’ dress shoes. There is a multitude of different makers of Italian dress shoes available in every department store, specialty boutique, outlet, online retailer, etc. However sometimes many of these shoes lack quality and are over priced. What should you look for before pulling out your wallet??

The three most important attributes when buying Italian dress shoes are :
-quality
-fit/comfort
-price

1. Quality- this is probably the most important factor when purchasing dress shoes. If the dress shoe is high quality, there is a good chance you will be able to wear it for years to come. Quality means that accessories or anything applied to the shoe does not come off. It also means that the shoe is not made of synthetic material but of high quality leather or high quality fabric. Look for the symbol showing that the entire shoe is made of leather and not just the tip, bottom, etc. If have your doubts, use your nose. Leather smells like leather and plastic smells like plastic. Ask the salesperson for further information. The shoe should be strong and not have any weak points. The heel should not be wobbly. The trim, lining, sole and seams should be exact without any visible creases. You should never see glue,spots or stains. Every detail should be precise. You should always look for the symbol “made in Italy.” Many shoes nowadays have an Italian name, Italian packaging but are NOT made in Italy.

2. Fit/comfort- If the shoe is not comfortable, you will end up not wearing it. Although you will accessorize your closet, you will not be utilizing the shoe. Most of the time if the shoe is a quality shoe as stated above, it will be comfortable and wearable. Don’t ever buy a shoe that is too big or too small. Don’t ever believe a salesperson that says “oh the shoes will stretch” or “you will grow into them.” Also don’t buy a shoe knowing you will have to put another sole into it to get it to fit. These tactics seldom work.

3. Price- You should never pay more than what the shoe is worth. How do you know what it is worth? If it is a high quality shoe, you can use the prices of designer shoes as a gauge. If the shoe is high quality, comfortable, Italian and not designer, then its price should not be as high as the designer shoe. A shoe that is not made in Italy should never be priced as an Italian shoe. A shoe that is not all leather should never be priced as an all leather shoe.

How to Attract Women – Dressing For Your Size

Women like a guy who dresses well, we can take this as a fact. First of all, remove any preconceived notions you may have that you need to be head to toe in designer wear to be considered a “good dresser” because that just isn’t true. Its also true to say that what looks good on one guy may not look as good… or good at all, on the next guy. So why is this? Simply put, we come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Not only that, but its kinda cringe worthy when you see old guys still wearing Abercombie and Fitch just about as much as it is when you see a chubby guy who’s been working out a few weeks and squeezes on a tight shirt to show off his “pythons” and manboobs, sorry “pecs” in.

Lets say you are a big guy, by big i mean fat. Your first priority is to get in shape. Being lean says quite a bit about your character; It gives women the impression you are a man of self – esteem and value your appearance which means you are a man of self worth. It also shows you are goal driven and determined as you persistently workout and that you are, dare i say it? Sexy!. Yes, just like us guys look at girls bodies and think about what they look like naked women do the same. So work on your stamina, big guy.

Ok, enough of the drill sergeant act. Being big around the waist doesn’t mean you can’t pick up women, it just makes it a little harder unless you have tight social-proofing (if you don’t know what social-proofing means refer to my confidence article – part 1). Wearing a black shirt will instantly make you look slimmer, add a sports jacket to that an you’ll look like someone of authority. It’s worth mentioning here that it’s not just the clothes you wear but HOW you wear them. I will go in depth into this more in a future article on body language, but its worth noting that you should have your shoulder blades back and chest up. This isn’t to say you over exaggerate and walk around like Mr. Incredible but it keeps you from slouching and walking with level shoulders and your chin up says dominance, a man with prowess – and that to women is attractive. For fat guys shirts or sweaters with horizontal lines are a no no, they will make you look like a walking globe so avoid this at all costs.

So what if you are big but muscular? All to often big muscular guys will try to show off their physique by wearing clothes from Baby Gap. My friends, the only people you are attracting wearing clothes a size or two too small for you is gay guys and other guys who work out. The best way to dress if you are muscular is by wearing tapered, slim fitting clothes that show the shape of your physique but leave mystery to it, for instance; a slim fitting cashmere sweater with dress pants and nice shoes accessorized with a decent watch will have womens attention for sure. Guys with decent physiques benefit from the exuberating confidence of knowing they have a decent body which actually attract women more than the physique itself. So leave the tank tops and lycra shorts in the 80’s fellas.

On the opposite end of the spectrum we have skinny guys. Skinny guys who wear baggy clothes look like walking hangers, stop that. Skinny guys can potentially look good in anything other than clothes that make them look frail. So stick to slim fitting designs, and perhaps layer your outfits and experiment with what you like. Don’t be afraid to look a bit funky and add your own unique style and flare.

To co-ordinate the colors of your clothing here is a simple rule of thumb; Earth colors go together, don’t mix them up with loud colors such as red. Match 2 pairs of clothing together for instance; Tanned shoes match a tanned sweater with a black jacket that matches black jeans. Just look for things that co-ordinate and don’t wear more than 2 or 3 colors in one outfit if wearing earth colors, just keep it simple.

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through with the kind of clothes you wear. Self expression through how you dress is a great thing. Personally I’m a fan of artistic designed t-shirts and sweaters with a good fit in the day and smart dress and shoes in the evening. It’s all good as long as we look and feel good in what we wear.

Cowgirl Outfits – How Women Dressed In The Old West

The experience of women in the Old West was markedly different from that of men. Although they worked as long and hard as men, they were still expected to dress and behave like “proper” gentlewomen. For example, a real lady rode a horse only on a side saddle. The sight of a woman riding astride a horse would cause quite a stir.

Although women were expected to spend their energy tending homes for their families, some did get a taste of cowboy life in the early trail days. Sometimes ranchers’ wives managed the family cattle business when their husbands were away, or after the men had died. Unmarried daughters sometimes became “cow women” and ranchers in their own right.

A few young women became cowhands or traveled as cowgirls with the Wild West shows. Others went on to become champion athletes in rodeos. As a result, they modified their attire. Cowgirl outfits began to take on a slightly different look. Skirts became shorter and more detailed. After all, these women were now in show biz.

There have been women bronc riders, bull riders, steer wrestlers and trick ropers and riders since the early 1900s. Women’s events, however, were and continue to be separated from the men’s competitions because women usually needed lighter animals than men.

One of the most popular events women participate in is barrel-riding. It takes a well-trained horse and a skilled rider to travel in a cloverleaf pattern around the barrels at top speed.

Other cowgirl events include riding a course slalom-style in the pole-bending race. There’s also a trail course, where riders complete a series of tasks, like opening a gate while on horseback. Or, there’s the goat-tying competition, where the contestant has to ride up to a goat, dismount and tie together three of its legs.

Unlike the early days, cowgirl clothing is very similar to cowboy clothing. Cowgirls wear pants, shirts, vests, boots and hats just as their counterparts do. And it’s not uncommon to see cute cowgirl skirts and dresses as well.