by Marie-Claude Boisvert, Chief Editor
Standing in front of my closet, my eyes full of question marks, I can’t stop myself from analyzing the content of my wardrobe, but also the disposition of it. I realize that my closet is clearly separated in 2 sections; my work clothes and my weekend outfits. It’s as if I had separated my life in two distinct categories, me, the proud defender of not labeling ourselves, not restraining ourselves from having completely different interests… This is the moment when my little compulsive obsessive sideshows, as I start going through all of my clothes one by one, trying not to categorize my cute dresses and make everything more versatile.
I don’t know for you, but, for me, this is exactly the moment where I try to mix and match all of my clothes to recreate new outfits. The best way to maximize your closet: accessories, accessories and again, accessories. Hats, necklaces, fancy belts, colorful shoes, they completely change your wardrobe.
The capacity to adapt to new scenarios and environments is a strong quality that is highly valuable in our millennial generation. I look around me and people with the same degrees as me, Undergrad in Mathematics and Master in Financial Engineering, end up doing really different jobs, from trading, corporate finance, analytic algorithmic marketing, artificial intelligence to others, mostly working in different kinds of workplaces.
While our generation tends to change jobs and areas of expertise at a faster pace than our parents have, our work clothes also need to adapt. I totally agree that you should be hired for your competence and not your looks; but let’s be honest, first impressions and unconscious bias are real. Even if we should be conscious of it and try to be rational, the person that interviews you may not. If you change industry from a corporate environment to a start-up, a three-piece suit may be a bit too much for your interview… You may only wear a blazer with jeans and sneakers to create a whole new look, for example. Accessories and shoes change everything, it’s like magic
The outfit below is a great example. From a Math girl’s look to my day-to-day corporate outfit, and all of it differentiated by only 2 major accessories (a hat and a pair of shoes)… also an easy way to get from the office to a chic event or the opposite – a casual night with friends.