It was the late 90’s early on in my styling career, and I arrived at a corporate networking event in London wearing what I thought looked appropriate. I wore a navy pleated skirt co-ordinated jacket, red shoes and a red manicure.
Within minutes I regretted the red shoes and manicure, this was a room of lawyers all dressed in black. They looked at me like I was an alien. I could tell I was being scrutinised and assessed from head to toe.
After some polite conversation, one woman touched my hand and fingernails and said
“Are they real”?
Yes,” I replied (this was the time before nail bars, and shellac were common).
I felt humiliated and realised they were corporate, and I was not! I left the event and knew that with this CROWD, at this TIME, my RED shoes had blown my credibility.
Now, twenty years later and somewhat wiser, I probably would not choose red shoes for this type of event, I would also not be so intimidated by lawyers.
Now I would select attire that has me feel confident about my presentation no matter whom I am meeting.
When I dress this way, I can stand in my power and have my attention on the people I am meeting and the occasion.