Pass on the Pantsuit

Photo from Corporate Catwalk

Photo from Corporate Catwalk

By: Samantha Bosin, President and GWSB Senior

Two words, almost synonymous with Hillary Clinton: The Pantsuit. It’s the inevitable dress code, the expensive purchase, and supposedly it’s the one-way ticket to a job offer in corporate America. Or is it?

My name is Samantha Bosin and I am not only the President of GWWIB, but I’m also running as your official candidate in the election banning The Pantsuit for women. Our boss lady, Hillz, may look incredible in her Elie Tahari ensemble from debate to debate, although I’d beg to differ that this is the standard for women, especially Millennial women.

Approaching the job search this Fall, I struggled to bring myself to purchase the J.Crew Super 120s suit after being mesmerized by the beautiful dresses at Kate Spade; although, I knew that if I wanted to make an impact on recruiters, managing directors, and principals, it would be imperative to make the right first impression through my professional wardrobe. This dilemma propelled me into a deep thought process on where the line could be drawn between professional and girly-chic attire. It also made me ponder on whether different industries warranted different dress codes. Interviewing for a company such as Rent the Runway seems like a canvas for a DVF Wrap Dress and a pair of black heels, whereas an interview at Merrill Lynch could be a platform for a Hillary-approved pantsuit.

How can we change the stigma, especially as women on Hillary’s campaign trail and Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work initiative are forging a progressive environment for females in the workforce?

Here’s my campaign: find yourself. Find what makes you, you. Are you a pink person? Are you a red person? Or do you flourish in black because let’s be real, black is always the new black? The professional wardrobe will never go out of style, but it’s our right and responsibility to enhance it. We can make a difference in the workforce and wipe away the 80s pantyhose stigma by polishing our looks with accessories, different designers, and pops of color. Make an impression on your interviewers by adding a broche to your J.Crew blazer or pairing a silk scarf with your Banana Republic suiting dress. Just last week took a leap and wore a subtly patterned Shoshanna dress with a blazer to an interview with one of the largest fashion retailers, and both of my interviewers applauded my choice. Conclusively, you should strive to wear items that allow you to tell a story about yourself while still abiding by the company’s dress standard.

Let’s make a disruption in the workforce and follow Hillary and Ivanka on their quest to push women forward in today’s corporate environment. Feeling motivated? Great, me too. Follow the links listed below for some more inspiration on how you can enhance your professional wardrobe and make a lasting impression in your interviews.

1)    The Corporate Catwalk - http://thecorporatecatwalk.com/

2)    Women Who Work - http://www.ivankatrump.com/womenwhowork/

3)    Ellevate - https://www.ellevatenetwork.com/

Posted on November 8, 2016 .