Getting dressed is the most powerful thing you do in the morning’ – Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief, ELLE Magazine
Yes, clothes are powerful. They give you presence and confidence. And ‘confidence’ was the theme of a recent workshop I participated in, run by Emma Cleary and Laurie Smith, directors of Ten2Two here in Sussex.
Hilary Ellis of Talent for Change spoke about ‘what is confidence’ and gave us visioning exercises to work on together. Jo Ellis of Pure Confidence gave a fascinating talk on coping with nerves and how to make body language work in your favour. There were also speakers on what you should think about in terms of finances, how to define and articulate your skills and attributes and the various childcare options available to women returning to work.
And me? I talked about how clothes can boost your confidence and how to approach dressing for interviews and meetings. It’s important to remember that people will measure your professionalism by your appearance – how you dress signifies your status, self-confidence and self-worth. You may be the most qualified person for the job, but if you look scruffy or unkempt that will undermine your skills. Your goals when dressing for an interview should be to look smart and professional and to feel comfortable – which, in turn, will boost your confidence.
Do you have an important meeting or interview coming up ? I can help you harness the power of your clothes…
Thanks to Claire Brewer Photography for the images.