Last week my friend Joy got her Real Estate license, and went to have professional pictures taken for her business cards. She later posted the picture on Facebook and changed it to be her profile picture (don’t we all) but later called me sounding sad… apparently someone had mentioned to her that she “didn’t look very professional” and that she could “borrow a blazer” if she wanted to redo the shoot.
The thing is… Joy doesn’t wear a blazer. Ever.
I assured her that she looked great in her pictures, and not to worry about it at all. She really did look great in the photos.
Fast forward about two hours when I receive a phone call from a potential new client who had found my Party Plan Divas site and was wanting to hire me to speak at her company’s national convention. We chatted for a while and I asked her how she found me and what drew her to my site. Her response “I liked that you do not look all stuffy in a three piece suit like all the other coaches… you just look NORMAL. Like someone I would WANT to do business with.”
As soon as we hung up the phone – and after she hired me for her event – I immediately called Joy to tell her about the “three piece suit” remark and it got us to thinking…. are Blazers a thing of the past?
If you look at fashion magazines today, it is hard to miss the old 80s throwbacks peeking in… but jackets have gone for a sexier, more modern look, and less like the old school Blazers of the 80s and 90s. But the question remains… does one have to wear a traditional old school blazer in order to look professional in 2013?
Personally, I would love to see the blazer become a permanent part of the past… right along with shoulder pads. I have done several photo shoots for business and though I did wear a blazer in the first few…. it just wasn’t ME. I felt like a penguin. I do not even wear them for speaking engagements…. for the same reason.
Now, Joy and I are both in our
mid early thirties… so that may have something to do with it, but it was funny to have two such vastly conflicting ideas for what someone wanted in business.
So what say you? Are blazers a thing of the past or still a requirement for professional business women of 2013?