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If I had a dollar for every time I would be asked this question:
How do I manage to look amazing and have attitude as a woman to hold power in the boardroom?
I am convinced that first impressions are instinctively built on appearance. Understanding the difference between business and personal is more important than you think. When I was the leader of Girl Scouts I would often visit our camps and leader meetings. You can imagine these events were much less formal than a board meeting. I was telling mom about my visits and that I wasn’t sure how to dress. Mom was a seamstress who would prepare students for Fashion Runway. I will never forget her response, “Honey, you are the leader. Women look up to you. You must always wrap the package well and carry yourself with authority.” WOW, I never expected that response.
As women executives the challenges of self-promotion can sometimes seem a daunting job itself. Since walking into my first board meeting 20 some years ago I’ve seen styles change. There is one theme that has not changed. What happens when you put a man in a suit next to a woman with a plunging neckline or short shirt? The woman just gave her power away to the man in the suit.
Dressing appropriately could mean having three or four different outfits hanging in your office at any given time. When I was working in DC I never knew when I would be invited to a Black Tie event at the last minute. I kept the DC Street vendors in business buying scarfs to add a pop of color to my little black dress. When I moved I counted over 200 scarves. Better planning could have saved me money.
Here are my insights to holding onto your power and look amazing in the boardroom:
- Use your image for the right reasons. There isn’t a need to be seen as fluffy by showing your feminine side. But you can be feminine by adding a softer fabric and small details of jewelry and makeup.
- Avoid the low-cut tops and short skirts in the boardroom. You only come across as alluring and the more skin you show the more power you give away. Save the look for the beach.
- Show up ready for business not for a night on the town. I turned a young woman away when she showed up for an interview in a sheer blouse, short shirt, and stilettos that left nothing to the imagination.
I am convinced that today many corporate executives are moving from the boardroom to the beach and starting online business. I have, but I will never show up at a client looking anything less than how I want to be seen, as the leader of my business. I am a woman in Stilettos making my way through a room of flats, but I never give my power away. A professional look is important, and it’s about being approachable and friendly. Present yourself how you want to be perceived.