“Hey Emma, my coworkers don’t take me seriously. Can you help?”
Hey girl, if your coworkers aren’t taking you seriously then you need to take a stand. If I learned anything from watching Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, it’s that the way you dress affects the way other people perceive your value – whether you’re at home, school or work. That’s not to say you can’t wear your favourite colour, or your favourite shoes – but small adjustments to your wardrobe can make a big difference when it comes to being given the respect you deserve.
The handbag is your secret weapon.
A girl and her purse are rarely seen apart, so pack it well and prepare for any eventuality. Being prepared and organised is my number one tip for a girl who wants to make it to the top. Oh, your boss needs to touch up her makeup but left her compact at home? “Girl, I got you!” – *Delves into handbag*.
Heels are your best friend and worse enemy.
Like all good frenemies, they have their uses, as well as their time and place.
Height challenged coworkers will watch with envy when you slip on your heels and lithely step up to the plate. But please, practice, ladies. There’s nothing worse than seeing a girl struggle for a mile in her Louboutins – am I right Iggy? Carry a pair of flats to be covered for any eventuality.
Emphasise your assets.
Find a silhouette that works for your body shape and recycle it in different colours and fabrics until you become more confident with trying out new things. The disappointing truth is, what looks great on the girl in the magazine, may not always work on you. But rest assured, there’s something out there for everyone.
Hold back, just a little.
It’s true you need to put yourself out there to get noticed but sharing that revealing selfie might not be appropriate if your coworkers follow your Instagram. Save it for Snapchat 😉
Never complain, never explain.
In the words of the iconic Kate Moss, never complain. Never explain. A) the mystery is probably much more interesting than the truth and B) no one who complained about their circumstances ever grew out of them, or better put: if you have time to complain about something, then you have time to do something about it.
Get at it girl. The world is your oyster and the moment you start believing that is the moment you start commanding some respect.
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