Day 69 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project project provided the opportunity for me to do two things I’ve been looking forward to. The first was an image consultation with a smart, fun, uber professional woman. The second was tag teaming said image consultation with one of the most amazing women I know.
As a Magistrate, Betsy wears a robe two days a week and spends the other days writing decisions and meeting with the public to answer their questions. A practicing attorney prior to moving up to her current role a year ago, she’d just had a baby and was pregnant when she stepped into her new position. With all of the exciting changes in her professional and personal life, Betsy wanted a wash and wear wardrobe, infused with color rather than all black, that would work as hard in both settings as she does.
BEFORE – SMART and FUN
Betsy called the following her clothing rules; I called them her clothing criteria:
- Professional to Personal life agile (I made that last part up!)
- Wash and wear (No dry clean)
- Not clingy, itchy, scratchy, see-through, or white
From start to finish, Jen, my partner in Pink Collar Crime, and I were great at tag teaming it. Other than the power suit being dry clean only, we hit it out of the park. And I still count us as batting a thousand because we did find a power suit that was machine washable and Betsy didn’t think it looked power suit enough. Just saying’…While I pulled together the power suit, several blazers, a skirt, a versatile black dress, and several shrugs, Jen rocked it out on the blouses, shells, a statement piece blazer with grommets, and a pink party dress that will be killer for date night, plays and other after five events.
Clothing criteria: Check, check, check, check, and check!
AFTER – SMART, FUN and CONFIDENT
Jen, Mrs. Plus Ohio 2015, and I both do image consultations and wanted to try doing one together, but neither of us knew how it would go. To our delight and Betsy’s benefit, it couldn’t have gone better! Us thinking it went well is great but Betsy saying more than once that we make a great team – that’s confirmation. Now Jen and I know our plan, not to take over the world, but to simply mess with it, is a good one.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I believe the Before and After pictures say it all. The former has Betsy posed where the words “fun” and “smart” are visible. Betsy was both of these in spades before our time together. The latter reveals a word that was hidden. The fact that Betsy stated, “I can’t wait to get dressed for work tomorrow” now shows that she’s smart, fun and confident.