It’s been years since I worked in corporate and honestly I can’t say I liked it much. Apart from the fun social life and the amazing friends I made, the whole corporate thing stressed me out way too much … let me just say it … I am the worst at anything that has rules, clock in times and specified parking spaces. All those things I could never keep up with. I stopped making excuses for this long ago.

The one thing I did like about corporate was getting dressed. The very first time I zipped up a pencil skirt this small town girl felt like she could take on the world. I loved getting up because it meant getting dressed beautifully and a chance to be creative with my outfits. Remember, I come from a school where we wore uniforms. After I paid my rent, most of the money I earned went straight into investing in my wardrobe. Who needs food? Like Carrie Bradshaw famously said “I like my money where I can see it, in my closet” Yes Carrie me too!

This might sound superficial, but clothes have power. Underwear has power. I never belonged in a office, but I always felt like I did because I dressed the part. Our self-confidence comes partly from the inside, but our appearance has a lot to do with our self-confidence. Clothes have a major influence on how we see ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. How you dress becomes your brand.

Whether you like it or not your appearance is your first chance to make an impression. How you dress defines the way others see you. Appearing successful is the first step to being successful. When you feel your worst, it’s the best time to dress your best.

I went through a time of depression and my bestie would keep my spirits not only with Prosecco but also by telling me very firmly ” get up, get dressed put on lipstick and lift your head”

Looking good and knowing what suits you makes a big difference. Where to start? Think of who you want to be or become, what do you want to feel like or represent. Start dressing the part. Find a balance as to what makes you comfortable. Comfort is not always the most important thing. We grow most when we are out of our comfort zone. Experiment with accessories. Don’t be afraid to change. Of course losing weight is good and healthy but you don’t necessarily need to lose weight to rebrand yourself so to say.

Gaining confidence and feeling more empowered should come from within yes, but you can start with the obvious which is the outside all the while working on the inside. Whoever said fake it till you make it was spot on.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

– Edith Head

About the outfits

Outfit #231 & 232 from my capsule Ebook

I chose the midi skirt for this business look. The first look I paired with the check blazer which is trending for winter. I opted for over-knees suede boots that kept my legs nice and warm. I added some nerd glasses for character. And accessorised with a Stella&Dot pearl necklace.

Second look I added the black Tux blazer and changed it up with these cute ankle booties from Jonak. I fell in love with them the minute I saw them. Pearls are so trendy at the moment. They are everywhere.

The Pearl necklace from Stella&Dot is oh so Chanel. It’s very similar yet somewhat different to a Chanel necklace that is trending now. It’s classic, classy and what I love most about it is that it looks good on smart and casual outfits.

I kept warm with this gorge Ralph Lauren wool coat. Spend a little bit more on a winter coat and you will have it forever and love it forever. If you live in a cold climate having one classic coat that costs a little more is a must & something you won’t regret. Go for classic brands like Ralph Lauren , Hugo Boss , Burberry, Cavalli, Armani, DKNY , Tommy Hilfiger or Jcrew

 

               

Photos by Celine Lütolf

– my accessories-

Chanel like – Pearl Necklace // Bronze hoop Earrings

 

-get the look-

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