Changes. The word itself gives me the chills. I, for once, was terrified to get out of my comfort zone. Switching from a laid back position to my first serious job was quite a stepping stone in my life. A change as big as this one made me think that I would have to change my whole life, my appearance and my personal style. I was terrified that I would lose myself along the way. Fortunately, I found a way on how to preserve my fashion sense and become a successful business woman at the same time. And here is how I managed exactly that.
One of my biggest concerns was how am I going to manage to keep that little part of me if I am supposed to dress like a serious and professional woman. This seemed like a challenge, until I realized that my guidelines should be something like ladies fashion from Forcast – in other words, clothing garments that are quite feminine but on the other side look very professional as well. I chose to go with pencil skirts and white blouses. I accompanied the complete look with a waist jacket.
Choosing the appropriate footwear was also a bit of a problem for me, especially as I was used to wearing only flat shoes and sneakers. So how was I about to shift to high heels? Fortunately I found out that not every pair of heels is 20cm long and that I can easily find a pair that suits me. So I opted for a pair of classic black low heels. Other than this I equipped myself with a pair of boots for those harsher weather conditions and a pair of flats. The most important thing about choosing shoes is making sure they are comfortable!
Details and accessories were my favorite part of this process, I have to admit. They enabled me to save that one piece of me that I so selfishly tried to preserve. I always had a thing for jewelry, so naturally I tried to incorporate this into my new style. This away you could always see me in the office rocking a different statement necklace or a new pair of earrings. Do not forget to always leave your mark wherever you go. This can be accomplished by a handbag, a head scarf or even your favorite bracelet.
Hair and Makeup
When it comes to make up the only thing I had to compromise with is opting for more neutral tones and shades. I am naturally used to wearing vibrant and vivid colors, so I found a solution by picking out more natural colors and adding red lipstick. With hair I did not have any serious issues, as I learned some useful tricks. I learned how to create simple hairdos that create a great look for both office and theoutdoors. An easy bun or a ponytail can always get a job done. Letting my hair down is also one of the options, especially on those casual Fridays.
The fear that I have felt during that transition period was something that I though was never going to pass. But I am pleased that I have learned to overcome my troubles and managed to keep myself during this whole time. Changes do not have to be so bad; you just need to find a middle ground where you will feel comfortable. Now I can proudly say that I am a professional business woman and that I am still the same old me. As I jokingly like to say – a freelancer with a tie.