What Women Wear | Rethinking Work Appropriate Attire

These days everywhere one looks, you see brilliant campaigns supporting and empowering the women of today. The celebration of women is at its peak. Reflecting on what we see and keeping in mind a recent conversation I just had with a friend, it made me wonder about a couple of things.

Somewhere, around this issue of women being empowered, there appears this supposedly feminist act which might be taken too far, at least to a certain extent. I have noticed a couple of instances where it was stated that women should dress down to be taken seriously. Women are too bold. Women are encouraging that unwanted things are happening to them.

I do understand that these sources, might have the intention to protect women so that they dress in a way to be accepted by their surroundings. However, I’ve even noticed some of my truly successful and smart girlfriends, being all about no makeup, decent dress codes in the business environment and the hair tied back at all times.

In the end, I cannot help having a feeling that exactly those voices are promoting the complete opposite to what the current women’s movement is meant to promote. For a male person to take females seriously, we need to dress like them? I beg to differ.

We Shall Wear What We Like

I feel deeply that our voices should be heard. We shall be taken seriously no matter what we decide to wear. To be a woman for me means being whoever I want to be. In my case, that is a woman that loves everything termed feminine. I like putting makeup on my face, I love having my hair styled, I value wearing items that make me feel good and highlight my womanly features. There is nothing wrong with dressing down when we feel like it. It is perfectly fine to choose between wearing glasses or contacts. We can tie our hair back if it bothers us. In addition, I am the first one to opt for clean-cut fashion items. However, it is equally appropriate to go all out and wear those heels, bold lipsticks, trend pieces as well as classics and whatever floats our boat, whenever we fancy.

When I am wearing a blazer, jeans and a white long sleeve, am I trying to dress like a man or look more business appropriate? No, I simply dress the way I feel comfortable but also powerful and feminine. Surely, this look makes me feel like a businesswoman. However, I could be wearing a dress or lace top and feel the same way. Plus, I can pair those items with whatever makes me feel good without needing to be judged for it.

Clearly, as a student and creative, I am in a privileged position of having a lot of freedom and no dress code imposed on me by some firm hierarchy. However, the main point here is that a woman should be able to wear exactly what she feels the most comfortable in, whilst feeling like the most capable professional at the same time.

Whatever we choose to wear shouldn’t discredit us. Let’s face it.

The Look

Talking about the look featured below, I paired my grey Zara blazer with a white long sleeve by COS and a pair of navy blue Abercrombie jeans. To enhance the look, I added a pair of heeled ankle boots, sunglasses and my Gucci Double G belt. However, the key piece of this look, I believe, is my newest find, a vinyl bag by Mango. Vinyl bags have truly come to the fashion front since Chanel displayed vinyl items during their S/S18 runway show. And whilst I am not up for indulging in a vinyl Chanel bag just yet, I love how Mango is making the trend accessible. With this find, you cannot go wrong. Be it a short or longterm trend. The Mango vinyl bag basically screams try me and see how you like me. Well, I adore you vinyl bag, making me an honest woman, displaying all my belongings. Not that I wasn’t an honest woman before.

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