How To 'Dress Like A Woman' At Work

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Last week, Axios reported President Donald Tump likes the women who work for him "to evening dresses like women," according to an anonymous source who worked on the President's campaign.

"Even if you're in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly," the source said.

"We hear that women who worked in Trump's campaign field offices--folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events--felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump," Axios wrote.

So what does it mean to "dress like women" at work?

Here are a few options:

Go feminine

One might turn to First Lady Melania Trump, 46, for inspiration in dressing like a woman at work.

The former model from Novo Mesto, Slovenia, favors feminine looks while executing her full-time job as the First Lady.

For appearances, Melania prefers form-fitting dresses and feminine blouses paired with slacks or pencil skirts. Her go-to favorite designers include Gucci, Roland Mouret, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Dior.

The $100,000 Dior wedding gown for her 2005 marriage to Trump was designed by John Galliano. Her inaugural gown was a collaboration between the First Lady and former Carolina Herrera creative director Herve Pierre.

If you want to keep it feminine on the job, you can look to the $1,100 fuchsia Gucci pussy-bow silk crepe de chine top Melania wore to one presidential debate last fall for inspiration. A silky shirt in a bright color paired with slacks or a skirt keeps you looking professional, polished, and ladylike.

Suit it up

For those interested in steering in the opposite direction, women can turn to Evan Rachel Wood, 29, for ideas on getting suited up on the job.

The star of HBO's "Westworld" wore a blue velvet Altuzarra suit on the red carpet of the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last month.

Apparently, Wood is planning on wearing a suit to every award show she attends this year.

"I think I myself felt pressure a lot of times that I had to look or dress a certain way, and especially growing up with the industry," the actress told E! News. "So I thought, you know, I'm just gonna go the other way and reach out to a little girl who is like me, possibly."

If blue velvet seems like overkill at work, a close-cut jacket-and-pants suit in black or grey can empower a woman to look all business.

Keep it real

Personally, I don't try to "dress like a woman," per Trump's advice, when I work.

As a freelance journalist, I have the luxury of working at home.

Generally, when I work in my home office, I prefer to dress less "like a woman" and more "like myself."

Today (see: photo), as I write this post, I'm wearing a T-shirt I bought at Target. It's made of polyester, cotton, and rayon. It retails at Target for $12, but I got it on sale for less than that. I've paired it with blue cotton shorts from Gap. I'm also wearing Adidas slides.

In fact, as I see it, women should not "evening gowns uk like women" at work. You should dress like you.

After all, you're not here to make an impression. You're here to get the job done.

2017-2-6 -05:00
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