Style and Fashion Blogger Ejieme Eromosele of My So-Called Corporate Life shares her advice on fashion in the workplace, why mentors are so important for black women in Corporate America, and shares a few of her favorite travel spots in this edition of Black Women in the Global Village.
When I am preparing for interview, I do what everyone else does. I make sure my suit is clean and wrinkle-free, my hair is neat and tidy, I’ve researched the employer, etc. Why? I do all of these things so that I make a great first impression. I know the employers are going to judge me based on what I’m saying and equally, if not more importantly, my appearance. We would all agree that in that situation, it’s okay for the employer to judge the new prospect.
Imagine instead if I came into that interview wearing the same suit jacket with a matching skirt, except my skirt was too small and too short and instead of wearing a blouse, I’m wearing a tank top that exposes most of my breasts. with flip-flops on. We already know I would not have gotten the job looking like such a hot mess. I doubt my mother would have said:
“Oh baby that’s terrible! How could they judge you by what you were wearing? Shouldn’t they focus on how intelligent you are and not what you are wearing?”