Back in the 80’s and early 90’s when I worked in the City, I remember my work wardrobe consisted mainly of “safe” blacks, navies, and browns. I wouldn’t have dared to opt for anything more colourful.
Now, as a photographer, I’m often confronted by an unrelieved sea of the very same colours when I go into a big organisation to take photos of their staff.
So why do so many women feel they can’t wear colour at work? For me, I think it was a case of thinking that darker, more sober colours somehow looked more professional. And in my experience I also find that it’s the younger women within an organisation who tend to stick with these. Certainly now I’m older, my wardrobe has definitely got a whole lot more colourful!
Recently, I was asked by coach and trainer, Sharon Jackson of UCan Training, to take some photographs during one of her Power of You sessions with a group of female corporate clients. Sharon helps individuals build their confidence, conquer their fears and achieve their goals. Presenting alongside her was stylist, Katie Powell, who owns The Wardrobe Insider.
Katie gave a brilliant talk about dressing to make an impact, and pointed out that whether you’re going for an interview or in a meeting, professionalism and creating the right impression are very much connected with what you wear. She talked about dressing for your body shape, how to inject colour into your wardrobe without going overboard, and the effect that wearing the right clothes can have on your whole demeanour and how you present yourself: it really was a fascinating afternoon.
And then it was time for each of the women to be dressed and styled by Katie! She’d brought along an impressive array of outfits, shoes and jewellery that really added the finishing touch.
Here are some of the shots I took, including a “before” picture and a couple of “after” shots showing the transformation. And as I never get to appear in any photos because I’m always behind the camera, I handed it over to one of the clients to take a picture of the three of us!
If you are interested in working with either Sharon or Katie, I can highly recommend both of them. Like me, they both love working with and helping women to feel more confident!