When I was child my sisters and I loved to host tea parties. We would dress up our stuffed animals and arrange them around the table.
My middle sister would make Kool-Aid for the party, while I arranged cookies on the plate. Our youngest sister would set up the tea set.
Once we had the tea party set up, we would get dressed for the party. We would go into my mother’s closet and pull out her hats, shoes and clothes. As we tried on different outfits, we would laugh and make fun of each other.
We would put on my mother’s jacket, hat and shoes. After we were dressed, we would drape ourselves in plastic necklaces, rings, and bracelets. We would put so many necklaces around our neck, our necks would hurt. My youngest sister would cover her arm in bracelets up to her elbow.
As we walked out of my mother’s room, we looked like models on the cat walk. Except, we would stumble down the hall because my mother’s shoes were too big. Once we sat down for tea, I would pour tea for everyone, while my middle sister passed the cookies.
We would laugh and share our pretend stories. My middle sister would pretend she was a queen and we were her loyal subjects. She always wanted to be in charge. Our tea parties would last all afternoon.
While I don’t have afternoon tea parties now that I am an adult, I still enjoy dressing up. As a leader, it is important for you to wear the appropriate attire. Your accessories should complement your attire, not out shine your attire.
How will you accessorize to complement your attire? As you dress for success, use the following four tips to guide you to successfully accessorize:
- Jewelry: keep your jewelry simple and minimal
- Hats: unless you work outdoors, don’t wear hats or hoodies
- Belts: if your pants have belt loops, wear a belt
- Shoes: wear comfortable shoes
I know you have heard the expression, “perception is reality.” Well, it is true when it comes to our attire.
As a leader, you are judged by what you wear. Over the course of my career, I have learned it is always better to be over dressed then under dressed.
When selecting your attire remember, your accessories should enhance your attire, not outshine your attire.
Do your accessories complement your attire?
Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!
Dr. Kim Moore
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