The Six Occasions for Wearing a Jacket
The jacket is the female equivalent of the male suit. A jacket is a symbol
that gives the wearer with a feeling of self-confidence and sends out messages
of credibility and effectiveness.
Keep Your Jacket on!
There are six occasions in which a professional woman benefits from wearing
When meeting a client for the first time. In business, first impressions count. The jacket will send a clear
message of professionalism. A jacket is an international symbol that means
business. If during the first meeting, your client is not wearing a jacket or
removes it during the meeting, you may also take off your jacket to make them
feel more at ease.
When giving a presentation. In this situation a jacket says
credibility and your audience--no matter if they are men or women-- tends
to pay more attention to a speaker wearing a jacket. You will not see a man
giving an important business presentation without his jacket.
When attending meetings, especially ones in which you know men
will participate. It is a matter of space. When attending a meeting, shoulders
from suits take up space, so you don't want to diminish your personal power by
not wearing a jacket if everyone anyone else is. Even when attending
meetings in organizations where business casual dress is accepted, if anyone
in the meeting is wearing a jacket, male or female, keeping your jacket on
will keep you at the same level.
When being interviewed. Whether it is a job interview, a press
interview or an internal office interview, your jacket will give you a sense
of confidence and credibility.
When you work in an office in which clients or guests drop in unannounced. If you work in this type of office, your jacket will send a
consistent message of professionalism at all times. If your office is not as
visible, having a jacket available allows you to be appropriately dressed
whenever you learn visitors are stopping by.
When you appear in court. Chances are that the key players-- the
judge, attorneys and jurors--will be wearing jackets. They will take you more
seriously if your outfit is at the same level of professionalism and your
jacket helps you achieve just that. A jacket could be worn over a skirt, over
a dress or even over pants or city shorts. A jacket elevates the degree of
dressiness and formality of an outfit.