When it comes to business, social etiquette involves us looking our best. Unfortunately, as a species, we are not yet evolved enough to judge people based on their character alone. Our success or failure is often based on visual indicators. These visual indicators are powerful things. Often people will come to conclusions about us before we even open our mouths.
On the whole, to be taken seriously we must look the part. Which is a shame because I would live in my pajamas given half a chance.
For most human beings this isn’t a problem. They actively strive to be noticed by others, it’s their natural instinct – much like a peacock flaunting his feathers. For others, the thought of standing out in a crowd strikes terror into their very souls.
Yet let’s face it, we are either part of the flock or we stand out by making our mark. Last week I attempted to do just that. Stand out that is, not become a sheep – even though I’m Welsh.
How To Stand Out In A Crowd
Regular readers will know that I haven’t always been happy being the peacock in the room, I used to hide away in shades of beige. Age, confidence in myself and the knowledge that most people are too busy worrying about how they look themselves has opened up a whole new fashion path for me.
So when an invite dropped into my inbox to a rather interesting business launch, I knew I’d have to pull out every weapon in my fashion arsenal. The networking opportunities demanded that I stand out from the crowd, blending in simply wasn’t an option.
This led me to two questions:
- What to wear in order to stand out from the hundreds of other lovely ladies attending?
- Being as the launch party was immediately after a busy business day, how was I going to transition from business to party without changing outfits?
The first question found me wandering around Debenhams in search of inspiration, which is when this lace beauty caught my eye. The model on the label was wearing it with an eye-watering short skirt and crop top, but I wasn’t going to let that put me off.
The second question was more of a head-scratcher, so I took inspiration from one of my own posts. I’ve written before about transitioning from office to romance and I found myself wondering if I could team the same Hobbs little black dress with the red lace overtop.
I can’t tell you how tightly I had my fingers crossed when I tried on the whole ensemble – which made doing up the zip a bit tricky I can tell you 😂
I must admit, I would have preferred to change outfits but I had less than five minutes between the end of my meeting and the arrival of a taxi to whisk me off for my evening of networking. So, not bad for a quick toilet change eh?
I really do think that living this rather crazy life of mine has forced me to think outside the box as far as fashion is concerned. Sometimes my journey through the world of fashion ends in disaster, sometimes I pull a rabbit out of the hat.
On this occasion I was pretty happy with the overall look: it was comfortable, eye-catching and I felt confident in it. Bit of a result then!
As for standing out in a crowd – I had a number of complimentary comments about my outfit and follow up emails have informed me that people were asking who the lady in red was. Just goes to show, throw some red lace and attitude at an event and you can’t go wrong!
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