It's amazing how the right dress can put you in the mood to feel beautiful and successful.
It's been awhile since I've had a real business meeting, and today was one of those days. Seriously, why do you think I needed to get pretty on Sunday? It's been awhile. I work from home - currently in army green shorts and my orange UT shirt (my BFF, Dawn*, and I had a, well, memorable trip to Austin...Bugtussle!).
It was fucking hot and muggy here! The kind of day when you walk out of the house and wonder why you even bothered showering. The right clothing is crucial in this weather. So, today I braved wearing my favorite white linen, brocade, sleeveless roped empire waist, white dress with black slings with white flower on the toe to a new business meeting with two new male clients. I say braved because I'm one of those people who wears something white and even though I'm nowhere near an Italizn restaurant, somehow I still end up getting something bright red dribbled down the front. This is the same with white shirts, skirts, pants and shorts. I can be standing, not touching anything and will still get a mark or stain the size of Texas on my white clothes.
I guess you could say I needed a little, for lack of a better reference, Sex & The City mojo today. After all, I'm in my mid-30's, I'm not dead, fairly attractive and nothing says confident, successful business woman like a great outfit. It worked! It totally lifted me out of my fog.
It's times like this when I love walking around the busseling streets of downtown Chicago. In fact, I was right down by the set of Transformers. Interesting to see how they do what they do to make a city looked demolished.
So, it's interesting, however, that I've discovered over the years that there's real psychology behind the way you dress. For instance, with woman, depending on the business, I either dress nice casual or pump up the accessories with an all black or blue outfit. With men, I typically wear pants and heels, always. It sort of says "don't think of me as a fragile woman, but one of the guys". Yes, I did wear a dress (I said it was hot and gross here), but the right dress can say exactly what you need it to in any occasion. It's all in how accessorize.
Yes, I've officially won the business (the second in a month), and, more importantly, I'm not worrying about whether more business will come or not. I'm just open to receiving everything that is meant to be given me. Ten points for Epiphany! It's pretty freeing. The dress too...from the stifling humidity.