Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Like I Needed Another Reason to Shop

Last week I did my first adult thing… I went to a professional conference ALONE.  If any of you follow my tweets, you’ll know that I was incredibly nervous about venturing out alone and schmoozing.

Well, I survived.  And as dumb as it sounds – I feel more grown up.

I took a workshop titled, “The Power to Persuade and Influence without Authority”.  While it sounds a wee bit corny – I actually learned a lot.

One of the things that stood out to me was the idea of conveying a perceived authority.  The quickest way to do this is by your clothing since a first impression is important.  This includes:

  • Name brands – people look at logos!  And apparently the fancier and well-known a label/logo, the more important you appear. 
  • Jewelry
  • Neat appearance – ironed, lint-free, well-coordinated clothing
  • Shoes – polished and professional

This idea isn’t exactly ground-breaking.  We judge people all the time!  You don’t?  Okay, I do! 

I work in an environment that is “business casual”.  And some people take the casual part very seriously.  I have let my work clothes go and have summed up my look as “soccer mom”.  I wear a lot of khakis and flats. 

However, this course just reiterated that old adage that you should dress for the job you want and not necessarily the one you have.  I think if I want to be taken more seriously or at least have a chance to climb up the corporate ladder — I need to step up my game.

I need a serious overhaul of shoes.  I’m a total klutz and a lot of my shoes are really scuffed.  However, I don’t wear leather.  Can I tell you how hard it is to find cute, professional shoes that aren’t made of leather?  The one I’m struggling the most with is a pair of nude leather pumps! 

I want these… in a NON-leather material:

Kate Spade Karolina Shoe

I feel like I’m chasing after a damn unicorn or something.  I found some camel/nude color kitten heels at Target.  They looked nice online but cheap and flimsy in person.  Ugh.

I also decided to use one of my more structured bags to carry my work crap in (planner, folders, etc.).  It is an old Coach tote (before I decided to nix leather) and since brands carry a lot of weight – I figured it couldn’t hurt.  Despite the Coach bag being a little stained and scuffed, I am always peppered with compliments anytime I break it out.  This probably just reiterates the fact that people notice brands.

I made a shift today into a more professional outfit and was instantly asked if I was interviewing for a new position today.   Good sign?

We’ll see.  And now I have another reason to shop!  I’m looking for new shoes and a nice trenchcoat.  Any suggestions of where I can find a not crazy expensive but still nice trench?

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