Posts tagged fashion tips
5 Pieces to transition your wardrobe from recent grad to professional

The month after I handed in my final university project, I walked through the doors of my first job at a downtown Toronto design agency. I can’t remember what exactly I was wearing, but I vividly rememberfeeling like I ran out of outfits to wear to work that first week fast.

I knew I wasn’t going to wear a power suit and pumps, but I also knew my collection of oversized, skin-tight, or semi-sheer tops didn’t feel right.

At first black leggings felt like my secret professional weapon, but soon they made me feel like a total professional-fraud.

That wardrobe I had—the carefree whimsical eccentric unique wardrobe—stopped feeling like me. And instead started to feel like a weight holding me back from where I was going.

And when I changed my wardrobe, something more changed.

I started having creative ideas at meetings.
I started speaking up when my opinion differed.
I started owning my skills and expertise.

And I didn’t have to wear pumps and blazer to do it.

Today, I’m sharing with you, my dear friend, 5 little pieces that can make a big impact in looking (and feeling) like the professional and expert you now are, from stepping out your front door to leaving a post-work happy hour.

...Or as I like to say:
Feeling like your best self from coffee to cocktails.

Let's go!

5 PIECES TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FROM RECENT GRAD TO PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERT

 

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Why I wouldn’t have worn this outfit (how to dress with confidence)

Let’s talk about why I never would've worn this outfit 3 years ago.

I never liked my legs and feet. I would have told you I had good reason—they were ugly and I knew they were ugly because people (individuals and society at large) told me that.

Spider veins and purple undertones show through my pale legs, and my feet are often bright red or purple.

So I visited tanning beds and I ruined so many clothes with self-tanner rub-off. I spent hundreds of dollars on Sally Hansen Airbrush legs for every day.

And I definitely did not dress in a way that would draw attention to me when I was baring my legs and purple feet.

Because I truly believed it was my obligation not to draw attention to the ugly parts of my body.

My heart aches for that girl who believed that...

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How-to use Pinterest for personal style clarity

Walking into a clothing store and feeling lost and overwhelmed only to end up wasting money on clothes you don’t end up wearing.

Or spending too much time and energy getting dressed because you have “nothing to wear” only to feel uncomfortable in what you’re wearing the moment you step out in public.

There’s a simple cure for it: getting some personal style clarity.

And as it turns out there’s a great tool for that sitting right in your bookmarks bar: Pinterest.

This guide will show you how to harness the power (and super convenience) of Pinterest so you are using it effectively to create outfit formulas, spot gaps in your closet, and craft the right shopping lists. And I can’t wait to share it with you! >>>

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