How I Went From a Freelancer to a Business Woman

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.

Clothes

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.

Pencil skirt and a white shirt

Pencil skirt and a white shirt

Shoes

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!

Black shoes with low heels

Black shoes with low heels

Accessories

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.

A statement necklace

A statement necklace

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.

A cute simple bun

A cute simple bun


 

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.

 

 

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