Food for Thought: More Than Meets the Eye

I am more than what you see

I saw this image Pinterest and it got me thinking.

Everyone is more than their exterior. They always say you can’t judge a book by its cover but the thing is, everyone does. The world makes assumptions based upon what they see, they can’t help it.

In the corporate world, we often have what we call an elevator speech – that 30-second description of what you or your company does. Something concise, easy to understand, and able to deliver in the time it takes an elevator to get you to your floor. Your personal style is your sartorial elevator speech.

You will ALWAYS be more than your exterior, but it’s worth it to work on your elevator speech. Be you at a networking event, nightclub, job interview, family reunion people will use your appearance to make initial decisions on your personality and lifestyle. Your appearance can determine whether they wish to know you better.

When you shop, shop thinking about you, not trends or fashion. How does it make you feel? Do you like the color? Do you feel comfortable both physically as well as emotionally? Does it work with or against the rest of your wardrobe? Do you NEED it? And does it properly reflect who you really are?

Yes, you are more than your exterior, and should be. You are complex and interesting and I bet people would be really lucky to get to know you better. But think about what people see… does it show that there actually is more than what they see? You deserve an exterior that states that.

Some other posts to help you find your personal style:

Sorry I tried by could not find the  origins of this image, but it has been repinned and shared so often it was hard.  If you know the creator please let me know so I can give proper credit!

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6 Comments

  1. crtfly
    July 13, 2012 / 12:56 am

     Thanks Allie!

    Footnote: White actually looks good on me. It makes my skin look brighter and healthier. I haven’t tried white for years. I am pleasantly surprised.

    Thanks again for all of your spot on suggestions.

  2. EmilyJMWi
    July 12, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    “Your personal style is your sartorial elevator speech” You hit the nail on the head, there. I wish more coworkers would focus on their appearance as much as their elevator speech. I take pride in how I look and know that when I look good, I feel better. (Red lips are my favorite trick for days I’m worn down/tired- and any other day, too) So often women (and men) feel you have to spend money or lots of time to get the look you want. I appreciate that you provide suggestions that are wearable, appropriate for the office and on-trend. Keep it up, Allie!

  3. crtfly
    July 12, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Dear Allie,

    I hope I didn’t misread you in a previous discussion we had. I tried to find that exchange in your archives but I couldn’t. Anyway, I was telling you that I have several long cotton gauze  skirts that I like to wear in the Summer and that I don’t care if the skirts are not in fashion. You said that they could work if I updated the look, say pair a skirt with a somewhat fitted white denim jacket. I thought it sounded like a good idea so I have been looking for a white denim jacket for several weeks. Many websites offered them but they were all out of stock! The stores that did have them in stock are charging  $100 or so. I had a difficult time finding one that was available and that I could afford.

    I finally found one at Kohl’s website. With the reduced price and and additional 15% discount, $0.99 shipping and tax my cost was $28.33! The brand is Croft and Barrow, which I know nothing about. The denim is nice and heavy and the jacket seems to be well constructed. I am very happy with it and can hardly wait to try it with one of my gauze skirts.

    Did I get your suggestions wrong? Well, whether I misunderstood or not, I like the outcome.

    Chris

  4. Sonia
    July 12, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Great post.  I am all for individuality and try to promote my fashion style as such–classic but unique. My career choice is also unique and, as a result, I always have my elevator pitch ready whenever I meet someone new or speak to someone I haven’t seen in a while.     

  5. July 12, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Allie, as a paralegal for a small law firm trying to market in a down economy, I found this post particularly relevant. The ability to introduce yourself and make a few key points about who you are and what you do is crucial. People remember that solid handshake, interesting introduction – and an exterior style that accurately reflects your professional role.

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