APPROPRIATE ATTIRE AND RIGHT SCARF AT WORK

Believe it or not, a recent survey (KB image consultant) came out with surprising (or maybe not so surprising) results regarding women at work. The major conclusion of this survey is that, whatever college degrees and professional skills a woman has, her appearance counts for about 60% in the credibility customers or other staff members place in her. In other words women’s look at work is essential.

Remember the movie “Devil wears Prada”: Anne Hathaway is a young smart graduate from college. She gets her first job in a famous fashion magazine. Yet, she dresses so poorly that all her colleagues look at her with contempt. It’s only when she starts being more stylish that she succeeds in impressing her (icy) fashion Chief Editor (wonderful Meryl Streep!) and in gaining her trust…

It is sad in a sense to think that form and style can win over skills and substance. On the other hand, it’s better to face reality: women remain women no matter what and they have assets men don’t have. Yesss! (sorry guys and fierce women's lib supporters but that’s the way it is…)

The first good news is that women can easily work on their look and improve it – without overdoing of course – to optimize their chance to be successful in their job. The other good news this survey comes up with is that accessories, and more especially scarves, are women’s best allies to dress up in an appropriate and subtle way. It all depends on how you choose / tie / wear your scarf.

The first thing to do is to determine which “work family” is yours. There are roughly three main work categories and, depending on the one you belong to, here are different scarf styles we suggest:

 

  • Formal interactive jobs (insurance, bank, finance, real estate, justice, etc..)

Opt for a preppy, simple and timeless business suit. Wear a neck scarf tied to the front over your jacket in a pretty classic way. Stay away from low cut tops, short skirts, over the edge shoes and wild outfits. You want to convey the image of someone trustworthy and reliable. Remember that your image will reflect the image of your company.

French silk scarf, neon green by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck with a pearl necklace

 French silk scarf, white and brown, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck\

French silk scarf, Paris theme, pink color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck in a fluffy kerchief

French silk scarf, winter theme, pink color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck and secured with a scarf ring

French silk scarf, winter theme, blue color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck

 

 

  • “Exposed” communication jobs (media, fashion, advertising, PRs, artists)

You need to stand out of the crowd, to prove you have imagination and you keep up with the trend. Accent your personality with a touch of (under control though) originality. Pick trendy and bright colors and wear your scarf in an innovative and eye-catching way such as a fashionable headband, a silk belt or a dazzling top. Tie it in a spectacular way. Difference should be your motto!

 French silk scarf, floral pattern, blue color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied as a large headband

French silk scarf, white and brown, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck as a fluffy halter top

French silk scarf, Silk Road theme, orange color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck

French silk scarf, astrology and zodiac theme, blue color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied a la Grace Kelly

French silk scarf, floral theme, green color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied as a narrow boho headband

Extra large silk scarf, multicolor, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied as a large belt

 

 

  • Jobs with limited direct interactivity (administration, working from home or over the phone)

Wear your scarf in a relatively casual way. If a pair of jeans is your favorite outfit, just zest it up with a scarf. Lucky you: Friday wear applies to every day of your week…Though you care about your image, you are not stuck into strict dress codes.

French silk scarf, Silk Road theme, vivid pink color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied as a belt

French silk scarf, Silk Road theme, neon blue color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied as a neck bandana or kerchief

French silk scarf, Paris theme, green color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck and embellished with a ring

French silk scarf, astrology zodiac theme, white color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied in a casual way around the neck

French silk scarf, Paris theme, blue color, by ANNE TOURAINE Paris™ tied around the neck in a casual way

 

Whatever your job is, there is a scarf style for you!  Check out our collections and find the right scarf to wear at work like many others already did!

 

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