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New Women's Dress for Success

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New Women's Dress for Success shows which clothes can have power in today's work place, a business world where casual clothes are becoming the new uniform, and women in management positions have no clear ideas of what to wear.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Warner Books
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Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Betty by: Female career seekers
This book caught me off guard. While I expected it to teach me how to dress, I did not expect the research that formulated Molloy's theories. The research is fascinating and extremely thorough. The conclusion is that women fair better in conservative companies with no casual dress. They must dress in conservative men's colors in natural fibers, primarily wool, and MUST have a very upper middle class look. The must carry expensive bags, wear expensive chic jewelry, wear hair short and professiona ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was published in 1996 and it very dated although there are one or two useful tips that a career woman could use. Things have change in the working world since 1996 especially concerning the number women in the workforce and the type of clothes and colors that are considered appropriate for a career woman today. That being said there are some tips on how male and female supervisors and co-workers may view a woman depending on how they are dressed and also how a woman should present hers ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish professional women would read this book. I am sometimes shocked at the way women in this country dress--for business or not. Some dress vulgarly, when they should dress professionally, and then complain that men don't take them seriously... As Melanie Griffith correctly stated in "Working Girl": "If you want to be taken seriously, you gotta have serious hair"; you want to be taken seriously in the business world, dress impeccably, professionally and seriously! And, no, I don't mean dress ...more
Margot Note
"The women who move into the top ranks of American corporations almost invariably come from upper-middle-class backgrounds or have upper-middle-class taste and wear upper-middle-class colors, while those who look, act, or sound as though they come from less sophisticated backgrounds--no matter how talented--never make it into the executive suites. The glass ceiling is in many cases a class ceiling. There is no question that in business class carries clout" (150).

This book is brilliant. Read it,
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Conservative, traditional (definitely avoiding the latest fashion), upper class, good quality natural (not man-made) fibers, traditional male colors (preferably), business-like expensive accessories, shoulder-length hair, "understated" makeup, and this is only the beginning. Dressing up for a successful carrier is an art in itself.
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Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting the solid research that went into this. In 2013, this book seems just slightly outdated wrt pantsuits, but everything else certainly seems true, so I may make it a point to wear skirts to formal events.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read. How people react to different colors, how men react to certain things differently than women, success stories, etc. Although a bit outdated (a pale yellow suit? really??), much of the advice seems sound. A worthwhile book if you're preparing for job interviews!
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