Friday, December 05, 2008

PR Lawyer Pet Peeve #3 -- Wo_Men in Black

Posted by Gina Rubel

Now that the holidays are upon us, so too are the end-of-year awards dinners and social gatherings. I’ve already attended four events and when I looked around, it was a sea of black. So many people dressed similarly. For men, it’s the black suit, white shirt and red tie. Women - it’s the black dress or suit, black bag and black shoes.

If you really want to stand out in a crowd be different.

Men: you don’t always have to wear a black or navy suit. Instead of the standard red holiday tie, try a color that compliments your skin tone, hair color or eyes. I know this suggestion may make some of you nervous, but accentuating your best features is not a practice that should be limited to women. People will remember a bold-colored (make sure it’s tasteful) tie or a sharp suit and as a result, will remember you. Just think of it as a smart business development strategy.

Women: I’m as much of a fan of the little black dress as you -- every woman should have one in her wardrobe, but why not accentuate it with a unique broach or colorful scarf? A piece of “flair” will make you memorable while still allowing you to wear something in which you feel comfortable. Add a fashionable, bold-colored purse or wear shoes that make a statement.

Just remember, if you’re there to network you want to be memorable, not blend in with the “black sea” of people.

If you’re still not sure what to wear after reading this blog, contact Megan Kristel of Kristel Closets ( – she’ll get you and your wardrobe into shape – I promise.

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