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Work Wardrobe: Make It Simple

You want to become a diplomat? Then first you must look like one!

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Every career industry has its own outfit protocol. Since I knew about mine ten years ago from now, I had prepared enough. 

Working in international relations and jet setting around the globe require to be very mindful of the outfits you choose to go public or go to work in different countries. 

Local culture and customs, particular occasion, the purpose of the gathering, all play a crucial factor in deciding on what and what not to wear. There are five main fashion rules for ladies that may go well for almost everywhere in the world.

  1. 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. 
  2. Opting for monochromatic dresses, they always look more strict and powerful than something flowery or with a print. The length should be adapted towards the culture and event. But you will never go wrong with medium length dress/skirt.
  3. When it comes to skirts, I personally always choose A-line and circular skirts since they are comfortable. Sometimes skirts should be floral.
  4. Being extra careful with everything V-necked. 
  5. Putting the hair into a bun if you have long one is a good choice for any important meeting. From Monday to Friday work, as every lady prefers. 

As to make up, as less and as natural as possible. I use light beige or pink Givenchy lipstick, sometimes replacing them with lip gloss of the same colors, while putting on Essence eye brow gel. As to shoes, 4 cm is the perfect heel height. But mostly, I go for flat shoes since it is easier to move with them. 

Whatever I wear for work or meetings, I follow the principle to look classy and my aim is to be taken seriously. Moreover, my gender, race and age do not assist me in how I want to be perceived, therefore I cannot afford to go wrong with improper outfit. 

My style out of work is the same like at work but it has an addition of shorts, jeans, hats and a sense of youth. At work, I do my best to look like Hillary or Angela, outside I am more of Kate or Meghan style.

When it comes to colors, I avoid bright pink, red, yellow or anything provocative and eye-catching. Blue, grey, black, white and beige never go out of style. Some say my approach is boring but I never wanted to be the fashion queen at work since that is not my industry. Opting for simple but sophisticated clothes that do not catch anyone’s attention while at the same time make a clear statement about who I am comforts me. 

Dear fantastic fabulous ladies, whatever you wear, let it be comfortable and compatible with your needs and goals. Own your signature style and do not compare your cloth size, brand or price to those of others’. Rarely listen to the voice of the crowd because what your heart and brain say matter most. Know that each of us evolve and creating the image we want is an ongoing journey. Hoping these quotes will help to make styling choices and remind of how amazing you are just the way you are!

“Fashion fades, but style remains.” Coco Chanel

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” — Yves Saint Laurent

“Buy less, choose well.” — Vivienne Westwood

“Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” — Diane von Furstenberg

“I never need a color to stand out.” — Diana Madibekova

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