When I started my career in the financial services industry, the thought was that you needed to dress like a man in order to fit in and be successful. You needed to wear a pant suit, have muted make up, simple hair, and not wear anything too bright. It seems like that has started to change.
Over the last 10 years, I have become more comfortable with my office style. I have transitioned away from black, basic, and boring and added in a little more color. I haven’t worn a dark pant suit in years, and I have added in color strategically.
I’ve taken my cue from female news anchors I see on CNBC and Bloomberg (business and finance news organizations). I’ve noticed that they have become much more comfortable with bright colors, patterns, and showing shoulders, which makes me feel better about adding those elements in, as well.
To those of you have never worked in a conservative office environment, you might think my comments are absurd. It’s not like I’m wearing bright pink, right? But seriously, color is something that has been absent in Corporate America. The tide is starting to turn, and I finally feel comfortable adding in color in a simple and thoughtful way.
Photos by Julia D’Agostino