Hello SOTGC community,
What does your morning routine look like? Is it a frenzy of getting the kids ready for school and yourself ready for work? What you throw on doesn’t matter. You just need to get out the door. Or, maybe you work from home so you don’t even bother changing out of your PJ’s. Maybe you put on some sweats (possibly not even your most stylish sweats) because you’re not worried about yourself. You’re worried about everything you have to get done today.
But what if I told you that you could do all of that AND throw on something that makes you feel fabulous instead of frumpy? When you have a wardrobe full of clothes that fit you well, support your personal and professional goals, and that you LOVE because they’re stylish, feminine, and YOU (or whatever adjectives would describe YOU), it’s entirely possible to throw on a great outfit in less than five minutes.
Imagine this scene instead: You open your closet. You know you’ll be running around outside so you pick a great pair of flats. You add you favorite blouse, the slacks that slim you, and a couple of pieces of jewelry. DONE.
Yes, it can be that easy.
This is what I call streamlined style: knowing what you have, what you like, and what you need. A key benefit to a streamlined style? Saving time.
A streamlined style also means a streamlined wardrobe. What would a streamlined wardrobe look like? A closet full of clothes that you love so you wear them. Thus, each item has a high ROW (Return on Wear). Not only have you saved time because you aren’t wasting it trying to find something to add to your already full closet that you think could be the answer to all your wardrobe frustrations, but you’re saving money because you’re only adding the pieces that go with what you have, that you love, and that fit you well.
But what’s most important is how that style actually impacts your performance and ultimately your success.
What you wear directly impacts how you perform. It affects how you show up.
In 2012, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management professor Adam D. Galinsky published a study where he shared the phenomenon of “enclothed cognition.”
Based on the premise of embodied cognition, the fact that you learn through your physical experience as much as your intellectual experience, Professor Galinsky wanted to test how what you wear actually impacts how you perform (aka “Dress for Success”).
He had three groups wear a white jacket, and each group was told something different about the jacket. One group was told it was a white jacket, another group was told it was a painter’s smock, and the last group was told it was a doctor’s lab coat. Then, he had them take a memory test. Those who thought they were wearing a lab coat outperformed the other two groups. It’s not just that others perceive us differently when we “dress for success.” It’s that we perceive ourselves differently. We speak up. We show up. We stand tall and proud. We take risks. We are more inclined to take on opportunities we might have passed on. We aren’t afraid to be seen. Basically, we are prepared to take on the world when we dress up!
The caveat is that you have to dress as YOU. Finding your style can be easier said than done, but once you’ve found it, that’s when it all becomes easy, effortless, and FUN!
Of course, U*styled can help!
Here are some easy ways to get started …
Really committed to upleveling your style, career and LIFE? U*styled can help! As a company, we are committed to YOU and your success.
Then, reach out to set up a time to connect with Catherine. Between Step into Style Power, Boutique Box, and Corporate Trainings and Motivational Speaking, we have options that can help women at all levels of their career move forward in Style Power.
You can also sign up for a complimentary Style Clarity Call to see how U*styled might help you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
U*styled is committed to serving women leaders. Our work is about empowering women to step into their power as a leader using their style as a catalyst. Our intention is to help each client define her style, integrate it into WHO she is and how she shows up, and then help her build a success wardrobe that supports her personal and professional goals.