Fashion Diplomacy: The Power of a Pantsuit

What are the components of your professional identity?

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Diplomacy is considered to be an official conduct of states through representatives abroad. But in reality, we need diplomacy within our every day lives. For me, being diplomatic means dealing with challenges and communicating in delicate classy manner.

Speaking of being classy, there is fashion and diplomacy, which, when combined make a fabulous duo. In a professional setting, what you wear is not the most important thing but it does have influence on how you are perceived. Growing up being best friends both with my mother and grandmother, I got a fair share of decent advice from their professional paths, including that of work wardrobe. Having met and spoken to various ambassadors, charge d’affaires and public figures throughout my childhood have also contributed to my understanding of what fashion diplomacy is and how to nail it.

Being effortless, neat and neutral in your appearance takes away emphasize on a femininity every woman has. It is my utmost belief that the less femininity is seen/practiced at work, the more we, as women, can take charge of the stories that are spoken about us.

Among the five fashion rules for ladies that may go well for every cultural setting in one of my articles that I wrote last year is having a pantsuit of a dark color and a blouse of a light one will fit most events whether by yourself or with a companion. I noticed the power of pantsuit on women on television, at home and at work. Monochromatic clothes make you look more strict and therefore psychologically help you to look color powerful. When it comes to colors, what is your message to the world?

Mine, again are neutral, because I never need a color to stand out.

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