Thursday, February 03, 2011

Dress for success

Wall Street Journal:

Sarah Whittaker, a Savannah, Ga., image consultant, looks at workplace clothing as battle dress, which should be strategically planned. "There are penalties in everyday work environments," she says. "If someone wears the wrong tie, you may not think they're worthy of working with you on a project."
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Purple, she notes, is a power color. And in most professions, the ultimate question is how powerful you look. "Set a standard for yourself," says Ms. Whittaker, "and decide what sort of authority you want to have."

Done.

11 comments:

Jack Crow said...

You cost me a mouthful of cheap coffee.

BDR said...

Too.

Salty said...

New desktop wallpaper. Forever.

Brian M said...

God, I am glad I work in an office where this kind of thinking is (not yet) popular. We are pretty casual overall.

The whole ethos of constant battle, constant striving over petty, petty stuff is just enervating.

what the Tee Vee taught said...

The joke wins, no question.

But, I lost. I followed the link, started reading... grinding halt. I reached my "fuck this" point here:

"I adore free spirits. I hire them all the time," says Patty Edwards, a frequent CNBC contributor and chief investment officer of Trutina Financial in Bellevue, Wash. But "if I walk into a brokerage and they look like Goth girl with multi-striped leggings, I'm not going to feel good leaving my money there."

Charming.

bonobo said...

I was expecting someone looking stupid in purple but you really hit it out of the park. So funny.

almostinfamous said...

is it wrong if i judge someone for judging me for my choice of clothing?

Randal Graves said...

Now that's comedy. And the photo's funny, too.

Jim H. said...

Whittaker is just wrong. Take it from me; I've worked on Wall Street.

Purple is only a power color in Democratic firms. In Republican firms, it's yellow. Red & Blue are neutral politically, Russert notwithstanding—but also powerful.

Small ditzels (polka dots & the like) invite trust. Small rep stripes convey sophistication. Bold stripes announce presence & can be intimidating.

Oh, wait. It's a joke? Isn't my face purple...

JRB said...

Bonobo:

My second choice was Andy Stern.

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