Working it: why the women who wear the clothes give fashion its power

I read this article and was very interested in what it has to say. Working it: why the women who wear the clothes give fashion its power

http://gu.com/p/42kt4

Its a topic I have struggled with. I work part time as an associate lecturer at a university, so when I am teaching I grapple with the concept of dressing for empowerment. I need to empower myself to be the best teacher I can be for my students. This article has got me thinking about why I spend so much time figuring out what to wear on the mornings that I have to go to work.
I like, am drawn to and probably feel most like ‘me’ in feminine silhouettes but I avoid these when teaching….why is that? Could I be better if I wore instead of the black trouser and black turtle neck ‘uniform’ attire I have somehow…..delegated….as ‘appropriate’ for being in front of university students? I think I ought to spend a bit more timeΒ  uncomplicating my relationship with dressing for work. What about you, how is your relationship with dressing for work? Do you have a favourite (work) outfit that makes you feel like “ain’t nobody gonna take me down! I am king of the world!” …and yes I do mean KING!

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One thought on “Working it: why the women who wear the clothes give fashion its power

  1. When I was practicing law, I lived in power suits. It was appropriate for the environment, even if it wasn’t something I would wear in other settings. Maybe the classroom is like that for you? I teach, too, and I know that preserving an appearing of authority is important in that setting. You don’t want to be formal or stiff, but you do want to assume a leadership role. (And really, we don’t want to look like one of the students!)

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