Most people that know me know that I don’t usually wear a ton of colour. If you were to ask me what my favourite colour is, I’ll probably respond with a shade of grey. But all that changed when I found my lucky purple dress…
Last post, I mentioned that I would be highlighting ways to work around the basics in your wardrobe. I’m a big fan of dresses not only because they highlight femininity, but also because they’re so simple and easy to wear. Just slap it on, throw a sweater or blazer on top, and you’re ready to face the world. It goes with my “20 minutes and out the door” mantra.
I call this dress lucky not because it’s brought me particularly good fortune, but because I feel incredible in it – almost like Superwoman – and that makes a big difference in the way my day goes. I’m not sure if the phrase “freakum dress” (cc: Beyoncé) is work appropriate, but I believe that every woman should have a professional, sharp outfit she feels good in, so she’s prepared to rock that presentation or quarterly report.
I also call it lucky because I consider myself lucky to have grown up in the environment I did. Having been born and raised in Canada, I’ve been able to take on more opportunities than most people have around the world. I go to a great university, I’ve had the opportunity to work for international companies, and I’m particularly well fed.
One of my favourite TED Talks by Sheryl Sandberg, titled “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” highlights how us as individual women can work towards higher and more sustainable success in the workforce. Because as lucky as we are to have grown up with civil rights and career choices, the facts still stand that “in the corporate sector, women at the top, C-level jobs, board seats – tops out at 15, 16 percent”.
So as lucky as I am in my purple dress, I want not only to have the choice to succeed, but also to be liked and respected for my accomplishments.