As women we’ve come a long way from having to wear power suits with big shoulder pads and almost having to pretend to be a man at the workplace. I love the fact that we’ve now got powerful women running global organisations and not being afraid to dress like a woman. Marissa Myer (Yahoo CEO) has always stood out for me because she is not afraid to show off her femininity and introduce some style and colour into the boardroom.
I get a lot of questions about dressing at work – so I’ve decided to feature women on the blog who I think really stand out for stylish powerful dressing.
Here’s a lady who has always got my attention, someone who is not afraid to wear colour at work and who always looks impeccable and stylish.
Meet the gorgeous Veronica Munro, executive coach and fellow entrepreneur.
Veronica describes her style as smart with a little bit of edge. She loves clean lines and single block colours. Moving to Dubai from London, she says she had to change her wardrobe a little bit to accommodate the climate change! She swapped her pant suits for easy to wear dresses, fitted and slightly above knees. She always carries a pashmina or a small fitted jacket, you might just need to smarten up or also get warm in the office!
I asked Veronica if during her career she ever felt pressured to dress in a certain way and she says no. However, she did share an embarrassing recent incident, where she was consulting with an oil company and was not allowed in the building because she was wearing a dress! She was asked to cover her arms and legs before she could walk in. A lesson learnt she says! Always to double check dress code especially if you are travelling through the Middle East or a new country for that matter – don’t just assume you can walk up in a dress or skirt.
With years of experience working with senior executives I asked V what advice she would give young ladies starting out in corporate. Here are some of her tips:
-Always dress up, smarter than you think you need to. You never know who you meet that day!
-Even if the company has a dress down / causal Fridays policy – Dress Smart.
- Always wear a smart pair of shoes. They don’t need to be expensive – just smart, clean and fresh looking.
-Stand tall. Posture and pace are key, not just the clothes you wear!!
Isn’t she just fabulous?! V is a great testament that you don’t have to be a 20 something to stand out and look your best. I’ve always said we women just get better with age….
Thank you V for those beautiful pictures and here’s to you looking incredible always xxx