By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM with Sarah Ward, Conselle Affiliate
Today we came across a website for a beautiful female businesswoman offering her services as an expert consultant. Her photograph included a plunging neckline that drew attention from her lovely face straight to her bust.
When positioning yourself as an expert in your field, bear this in mind:
The more skin you show the less authoritative you become.
By showing off your body in the workplace, you give away your “visual authority.” The cleavage becomes distracting from any point you want to make. To be respected in the business world, dress professionally and save the high hemlines and low necklines for after-hours.
By the way, natural cleavage doesn’t really look like this. This look screams “phony!” Is that really what you want to say about yourself?
Michelle King, vice president of a realty company, was interviewed by Pink Magazine on the cleavage crisis and was quoted as saying:
“I will not promote anyone who doesn’t dress appropriately. I consider it a factor in her decision-making skills.”
So when you get dressed in the morning ask yourself: Do I want to be taken seriously? Do I want to be a respected businesswoman in my field? Then do your career a favor and save the cleavage for after hours.
Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009
Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to help you dress appropriately for the workplace! Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.