By Sarah B. Weir
Certified Image Consultant and Chair of the Association of Image Consultants International, Kelly Machbitz worries about what messages some women today are sending with their office attire. "I've noticed that Casual Fridays have morphed into 'Happy Hour' Fridays -- you can tell who's got a date that night by what they wear to the office that day."
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She points out that you only have 30-40 seconds to make a first impression on your boss or co-worker so what you wear is going to instantly signal how smart and competent you are, for better or worse. Kelly feels the more skin you show, the less power you project: "If you are sitting next to a male colleague in a three-piece suit and you are wearing a strappy dress, who do you think is going to command the respect?"
Kelly recommends that women have three separate wardrobes: one for the office, one for the weekend, and another for special occasions. While this might seem a little old school, she explainsRead More »from Bosses reveal worst wardrobe don’ts