Very few things make me quite as angry as people who claim to know better than me how I should dress myself. For further evidence of my dislike of being told what to wear see here, here, here, here, here and here. If you are an intelligent and socially aware adult human being you should left alone to wear something that you feel is appropriate to work, unless you are required to wear a branded uniform.
Yet time and again professional woman are being told what to wear most usually by other professional woman.
Accordingly this article in the Sun-Herald Sydney has pressed all my ranty buttons this morning when I should be hanging with my children and celebrating Mother’s Day.
A style consultant called Alex Frampton has been hired by a number of big city professional firms to ‘present style advice that they were too afraid to give to employees’.
This advice includes:
– you are not going to be promoted or taken to a client meeting if you are wearing a mini skirt or if your boobs are on show
– wear a suit every day including a skirt, stockings, a belt and lipstick.
Why is it that every woman on the planet seems to have such a strong opinion about what other women should wear?
Will there ever be a stage where we can look at another woman wearing something that we don’t personally like and say – hey, she’s happy – and smile for her?
While writing this the Minx has drawn in lipstick all over the laundry walls. I could give a toss. If I wear lipstick and kiss my children I stick to their hair. I’d rather kiss them so I don’t.