I recently came across a statement from a clothing line stating that a woman’s clothing should be the least interesting thing about her. The company is a clothing line that creates professional workplace looks for women, which I think is an ingenious idea, by the way. That statement, however, caused me to pause. I am sure it was well intended, but it is loaded with underlying assumptions that are somewhat offensive and reinforce stereotypes about fashion. It implies that in all of the important decisions we make throughout the day, our wardrobe is certainly not something we can be concerned with, a subtle nod to antiquated views on what successful working women should look like and care about.
It is absolutely fine for women to care less about fashion, and not only women who are climbing the corporate ladder, but all women. However, it is also fine to enjoy fashion and to have your personal style appropriately reflected in professional settings. In my opinion, there is room for vibrant and creative personal style in the workplace. What are your thoughts?