August 4, 2011
I remember right before I left my last retail gig… they decided that everyone needed to wear a collared shirt. It would look more professional and that would help sales.
At the time they told me this, I was wearing a v-neck cashmere sweater and pearls. I knew what I was talking about and didn’t have a problem making sales.
Somehow I didn’t think the collar was going to change things. And I left before they could make me deal with their unofficial dress code.
Today Bernie gave me an interesting piece of dress code like advice I had never heard before. “Dress Your Wage.”
I’m actually intrigued by this idea. I’ve been working on my personal style for a while now and I think the concept of dressing not just for where you want to go but what level you want to achieve is helpful in a way.
Goal dressing is a good thing but it has to be in context. You can’t dress at a level that you aren’t comfortable in because you will just look out-of-place in your own clothes and that’s not fun for anyone.
Thank goodness I watched all those episodes of What Not To Wear.