We're already seeing the prelude to the robot revolution in our growing remote workculture. It's changing the way we do business, and our professional fashion sense.
Gone are the days when getting ready for work meant putting on a full pantsuit or skirt-and-blouse ensemble. Now we can work from the comfort of our Victoria's Secret PINK sweatpants, occasionally throwing on a collared blouse and cardigan if we need to jump on a call. Personally, I need full office attire to get into work mode, but plenty of people are comfortable working in their pajamas. To each her own.
But if you want to continue climbing the career ladder without giving up the remote-working perks, you still need to rock a sleek, professional look from the waist up, especially when you're in a virtual meeting.
Live it up in yoga pants or college sweats all you want. Just make sure these five essentials are on point because your boss and clients can still tell the difference between "savvy businesswoman" and "just rolled out of bed," even over a fuzzy Skype connection.
And here's a bonus must-have: perfume. Never mind that the person opposite of you on the computer won't smell it. Scents affect self-confidence, and perfume is an important component of how you present yourself professionally. Dabbing on a touch of your chosen perfume will make you feel more polished and self-assured when you sit down for the call.
Like it or not, clothes really do make the woman, at least in your colleagues' eyes. Showing up for a meeting looking wrinkled and disheveled will make you feel like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman": dismissed by the shopgirls because you don't have the right look. Besides, putting yourself together in the morning sets the tone for the whole day, and we know that so much of our success is based on how we see ourselves.
Take a minute each morning to think about how you're presenting yourself to the world, with or without the computer screen.
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