Hello my lovely proFASHIONals! Usually on Thursdays I’ve been posting an “investment of the week”, but I was so excited about this topic that I HAD to write about it for today. Tom Cruise is famous for his character in the movie, Risky Business, but you don’t need to play his supporting role when it comes to your own goals. One of my high school history teachers always told my class to avoid making “sweeping generalizations”, but what I am about to reveal must go against his advice. Neither one company, nor one person, nor one idea has ever succeeded by playing it safe. Some of the greatest discoveries in science and technology have come out of mistakes. That being said, I’m double dog daring all of my proFASHIONals to take a risk today. And I’m not just talking about a fashion risk; I’m talking business risks too. However, taking risks still comes with strategies. Read on to see my suggestions on how to proFASHIONally take a risk with your wardrobe and your workplace.
Fashion Risk: Granny Chic
Have I already completely lost you? Maybe. In that case, I’ll give you the low-down on this fashionably unfashionable trend: close your eyes and visualize your grandmother. Hopefully, you’re not picturing your grandmother naked because that would not only negate my entire explanation, but it’d also be absolutely disgusting. Anyway, granny chic offers you similar styling to what you’d find in your granny’s closet, but with an edge. For example, your grandmother probably owns as many chunky, fringed sweaters as you own purses. I don’t condone stealing from your grandmother, but maybe she’d let you borrow one for a little while. “Granny” meets “chic” when you pair a chunky sweater with a simple dress and a high-waisted belt, like in this pictures from lulus.com. This RVCA granny sweater is bulky which would normally hide away any signs of a body underneath it, but the belt adds shape to the grandma look, making it “chic”. Neutral-colored floral prints can also be categorized under Granny Chic and can be seen on shoes and other accessories. Why does Granny Chic take a risk AND work for the office? In a world where shorts become shorter every day, granny chic style is as modest as it gets. I mean, would your grandmother wear cut-off jean shorts? No. I DARE you to take a risk and go granny today.
Business Risk: Take E-nitiative
How many people know who you are? Your mom, your friends, your favorite college professor. Now, how many of those people can offer you your dream job? Opportunities are often compared to doors, and sometimes doors may appear to be locked, but with a good kick, some may budge. Similarly, your dream job may not appear to be open when you want it, but you may be able to force one of those doors open by taking initiative. For instance, if there is a company you’ve always dreamed about working at, send them your resume regardless if their website says they’re hiring. Doing something without being told to do it shows self-motivation, self-determination, and genuine interest. Email connects you to anyone you want to communicate to, whether it be that dream company or celebrity. Just make sure to act proFASHIONally, check your spelling and grammar, and always be polite when taking e-nitiative. As long as your email is professional, it won’t hurt you. The worst scenario is that it’d be ignored. However, taking the time to show ambition is a learning experience and will always reveal a reward in given time.
Battle scars show where a person has been hurt, but they also show victory. Without a few bumps or bruises, the body is left untainted. Likewise, life without challenges may feel comfortable, but a life filled with mistakes and risks shows where you’ve been and where you’ve succeeded. Be risky with your fashion choices and be creative with your business endeavors. Act smart, act proFASHIONally, and always operate with optimism. This entire blog has been a risk for me, but I’m already loving it! My own risks will be exemplified soon as I start to prepare for a major blog post coming your way next week! I am interviewing a Project Runway WINNER! Tune in to see which gal it is :) But for now…
Biz, Love & Fashion,