It’s Day 245 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I chose to wear a chic color – purple – that packs a professional punch like black – to a collaboration meeting. As a Life Coach who facilitates The Swan Experience: Minimizing barriers; Maximizing women’s beauty and best personal and professional lives – through total transformation, I specialize in the Ds. Dressing or professional packaging is one of them. Considering the truth of Pauline Frederick’s quote, “When a man gets up to speak, people listen then look. When a woman gets up, people look, then, if they like what they see, they listen.”, I knew I needed to minimize my petite 5’1″ stature and maximize my professional packaging. But contrary to the erroneous belief that a professional woman has to dress like a man to be taken seriously, I wore a chic color that packs as much punch as black, while still being chic.
Shortly after I began my Master’s in Leadership and Coaching graduate work, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, my holistic coaching agency was launched. It enables me to serve as a change agent for individuals as they transition from mess to sustained success, just as I did. Upon graduating, I soon became the director of a holistic life coaching program that provided a continuum of care services to individuals facing barriers to sustainable success, including addiction. Today’s meeting explored the possibility of using my education, experience and entrepreneurial enterprise to benefit those in recovery. Possibly serving as a life coach, consultant, and motivational speaker at a residential treatment facility aligns with my purpose and agency’s mission. Add to that the fact that my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, could be utilized as a resource elevated the meeting from collaboration status to a “God thing”. Even with all of the above, connecting with a savvy businessman who’s utilizing his own pain for purpose and who recognized that in me was such a blessing! And I believe that would have happened regardless of what I wore.
Nevertheless, as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Image Coach who tries to practice what I preach, I’m still an advocate for women packaging themselves in a way that enhances their professionalism rather than detracting from it. That doesn’t mean being masculine. Rather, it’s using a light feminine touch with our professional wardrobe. If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and adhere to the following 3Cs, like me, you’ll not only find yourself in chic colors that pack a punch like black, your package will match your professionalism so people will pay attention to what you have to say.
3 Cs for Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Professional Packaging
Contoured Cuts (blazers, blouses, dresses, shirts, skirts, slacks, and suits) – These pieces, when they fit properly, set you apart from male counterparts. You won’t look like them, but you will look like you can get the job done!
Current Colors (i.e. maroon, rust, loden green, navy, and of course purple) – Shades that reflect the season make you look fresh and updated and are stylish alternatives to black and gray. Furthermore, a current look is associated with current knowledge and skills.
Coordinated Accessories (handbags, shoes, belts, scarves, jewelry) – Carefully chosen accessories add the finishing touch and enhance your polished appearance. They also demonstrate your attention to detail – A quality you’ll bring to the work!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach