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Owning your style in a male-dominated workplace

Owning your style in a male-dominated workplace

Your Personal Style brings out that #bosslady inside you! 

I remember the time when I was working as a Polymer Technologist in a Chemical company in Poland. I had to go to the big production plant every morning and monitor the manufacturing process. A room full of injection molding machines and men doing their work and also starring at me... because I was the only woman there. I had to check up with them how the production was going, what went well or wrong and so on. Then I would work in the office doing admin and market research. I was that young graduate, 25 years old girl who knew nothing about the real life heheh! And this was my first job that related to my MSc degree.

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Credit: Pinterest

Initially I was a bit uncomfortable with the attention I was drawing when entering a testosterone packed workplace. Soon I noticed I needed to own my space with more confidence and less shyness and turn the fact I am the only woman there into my strength, not a weakness.
I knew my stuff and I didn’t want to be viewed as that delicate sweet girl because no one would take me seriously. On the other hand I wanted to look presentable and feminine and be proud of the job I am doing in this “rough” environment.

I didn't put myself in stiff corporate suits to create a shield, an “armour” that would protect me from the male power hehe! Oh no! It was not about protecting my femininity; it was about looking like a woman with a class. My personal style played such a crucial role for me in how I created that right perception at workplace.

I didn’t want to sacrifice my style, my lovely dresses, skirts, heels and so on. I had to find a sartorial balance between looking put together and stylish in the office and then on the production plant. I would wear midi skirts, opaque tights, ankle boots and some fitted (not clingy!) tops, scarves, necklaces, co-ord suits ( oh not boring corporate masculine armours, rather, fitted pencil skirts, short waisted jackets etc) and dresses. And I loved the fact I looked classy yet feminine. The fitted clothes that flattered my shape rather than hiding it gave me a great confidence to own my job role as a technologist.

The masculine environment did something unique to my mindset and attitude.
It gave me strength to feel empowered and confident rather than shy and reserved.

I felt respected and the clothes I was wearing helped me massively in forming the right perception of me. A smart, educated lady who is here to do her job the best she can, who listens and learns, who doesn’t think she is better than anyone else, who is frank and kind and who doesn’t underestimate herself, rather believe in herself and her own abilities. Plus she is an attractive woman and why would she ever want to hide it? ARE YOU WITH ME LADIES?

If you know how to look and feel stylish and confident in your clothes and dress to create the positive smart impact then you become that #bosslady you are at heart.

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Credit: Pinterest

You start as a shy person but your clothes and grooming bring those fabulous qualities of yours and empower you to be even better. The rest- you see yourself through a different lens, you talk differently, you walk differently and you speak with confidence.

Now, if I could imagine covering myself up in some shapeless cardis and ordinary tshirts to “hide” how would that affect what I think of myself on the inside and what other people think of me? Answer: I would never be able to forge as I did, got that promotion at the workplace to travel to international trade fairs and speak to investors, meet great people and leave that positive impact. The confidence I found through clothes enabled me to believe in myself more, speak loudly about my ideas and see myself a a #bosslady. This is the power of your Personal Style! Never ever think of clothes as just clothes, make up as just make up and hairstyle as just hairstyle. This is your Empowering Kit!

 

Gosia x

P.S If you are a go-getter woman, unsure of how to dress your femininity with class and confidence in a true to you way, I got ya!  I want to help you with creating those uber #bosslady looks that help you rock your feminine power at workplace and in business!

Click gosia@gsstyling.com and let's meet up for that delicious flat white in your favorite cafe in town.

 

NEED SOME STYLE TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE STYLISH YET RELEVANT OUTFITS AT WORKPLACE? Read my recent articles about Personal Style.

Do you "own" your own Style?

Do you "own" your own Style?

Do You "Own" Your Own Style?

I have always wanted to be happy about what I see in the mirror and with time I have learned I want more than just looking nice, just looking stylish...I wanted to FEEL I "own" my Style.

You see nice clothes, fashion, self-grooming help in feeling confident about yourself but without any inner work it remains a short-term boost of confidence. I had a time in my life when I was more into fashion than into Style. I went through the process of trial and error, obsessive browsing of magazines and websites looking for fashion inspiration and latest trends, buying clothes, getting bored with them, wasting money. Although this helped me understand my own body shape and taste better I have discovered that "owning" my own style happens on a mindset level and there is no shortcut to achieve this state of mind.

In order to go from looking Stylish to "Owning" your STYLE you need the substance =YOU.

Style Identity starts in your Identity.


You may say "Hang on, isn't it via trial and error that we find our style?" 20% Yes and 80% No.

If you try many things but do not build your self-awareness based on how clothes make you feel and WHY, what feelings certain fabrics and cuts and colours evoke in you and what kind of stuff you are truly drawn into, why you always buy cheap stuff and fall for seasonal trends without thinking, what flatters your body most and whether you are the person who prefers to be "boxed" and operate within body shape or colour rules or maybe love "outside the box" liberating approach etc then how the heck do you expect to learn anything about yourself in the process of discovering your own style "beat"?

It is like with business. If you own a business and only focus on "doing" not "being", not paying enough attention to what lights you up in this business and keep doing all the crap that other people or coaches around you tell you to do without looking within to find what really drives you, not respecting your own rhythm and your deeper vision then you will never find your true "beat" because you let other people form this "beat", you give the power to others, not to yourself.

Personal Style Advice

  

SOUL SEARCHING, NOT SHOPPING
IS THE ANSWER!



Start building your self-awareness by looking into your wardrobe today and asking yourself kick-starter questions:


1. What items do I wear the most and WHY do I repeat them
(i.e they're comfortable, easy to maintain, create greatest impact, style or are versatile, it's easier than picking new items etc)?

Over the next 2 weeks take a one outfit selfie every day and ask yourself:
2. Do I see any patterns developing in my clothing choices over those 2 weeks (e.g. similar colours, patterns, silhouettes, style of tops or skirts)?

3. How do I feel about any patterns I have identified in my style? Do I like the consistency or maybe crave for more variety in my wardrobe? What makes me most happy?

Hope you come up with some revealing answers. And if you would like to take your Style and self-awareness to the next level and learn how to "own" your unique style then I would be delighted to help you with that! Just hit gosia@gsstyling.com and let's chat!

My Own Brand UpStyle

My Own Brand UpStyle

It all starts with self-concept…

Personal Stylist Bristol, GS Styling, www.gsstyling.com

Who I am today in my business vs who I was one year ago.
Since last year I have changed as a person and an entrepreneur. I am further in my business and I want to grow and evolve all the time. When looking at my beloved WordPress site I created myself a year ago I couldn’t see how this represent me today.  There was a disconnection because my old website didn’t reflect my brand message in a way I wanted it to be…

I am a modern young woman, passionate about personal growth and style, open minded and enthusiastic who loves simplicity with character.
I sell Style not fashion, I sell the formula for how you can feel effortlessly confident in who you are by using versatile wardrobe and a soulful approach to your individual style.

Now, my old website did not reflect this mission. It looked confusing and cluttered, a bit old fashioned to my contemporary taste and most importantly did not communicate to my target audience the essence of who I am and my signature approach.  I needed a simple and timeless design with modern edge. It was important to me that I don't have to rebuild it again in one year.

 

Just like with Personal Style, I wanted a website that never goes out of fashion and which character I can bring out via beautiful photography. 

 

Personal Brand Upstyle Revolution. Personal Style and Brand Overhaul. GS Styling and Visuable.

There was one person who could help me bring my new vision to light -Lidia @ Visuable.

I know Lidia from Entrepreneurial Spark, the business accelerator program run across UK. I remember how impressed I was when I saw her website first time. I thought "Fuck, this stuff is super cool! So original, one-of-a-kind". I was browsing many websites around at the time and I genuinely didn't see any that could create such positive impression with me!

I was so impressed with her brand, visuals, design, message that I instantly wanted to get to know this girl better, although I felt I already knew her because her website was conveying the values, mission and character so clearly!

We met and got on very well, two Polish girls in Bristol, both extremely passionate, hustlers at heart and hungry for growth.
There was a spark hehe! And now we are good friends and business partners doing the Brand Upstyle Revolution!


Ready Steady Go!

With no time to waste, first, we met with Lidia for a coffee in town for a brand clarity session. Lidia listened carefully to my ideas and brand-concept and asked me many thought provoking questions that helped me get even more clear on my brand message, my target audience and what I want to communicate with my online presence.

I did not have time to research any locations and Lidia helped me massively in finding the best ever location for my speedy photoshoot that shouts everything I am about- “Simplicity with Character”!

It was a small, minimalistic yet edgy coffee shop in Clifton called TradeWind. What a perfect place for coffee junkie like me hehe! I love the fact I was guided by Lidia about what location would suit my vision best. It truly took the whole stress out of the process.

Personal Brand Upstyle

What To Wear

Next stop was to plan my key outfit! Since my brand is all about simple yet unique approach to style and fashion I decided to wear an outfit that sits completely in the context of my brand message.
I am all about helping woman align her personal style with true self.
Style is You, it is self-expression and a state of an effortless confidence in who you are! 

I wanted to project my philosophy of looking beyond the fashion, beyond the rails with clothes that so many stylists feature on their websites. I wanted women to look at those pictures and see Style, see a woman who projects an effortless confidence in who she is, stylish and cool. My best true self. My Personal Brand.

It was a beautiful sunny day so I opted for white skinny jeans, a nonchalant white tee, black waistcoat, quirky brogues and my signature make up/ hair/ accessories. I felt like a million dollar babe purely because I felt 100% myself in those clothes plus the outfit worked perfectly with the minimal surrounding.

I love contrast. I love to connect yin and yang in one outfit, combine masculine and feminine edge.


The combination of black (evokes strength, power and sophistication) and white (clarity, openness, creative thoughts) creates a powerful yet balanced impact. I wouldn’t feel totally myself without an accent colour! Adding an accent red colour via red lips, red nail polish and my favourite red lip brooch has reflected my dynamic and edgy side.

If you wear clothes that represent the essence of you, girl, your confidence will go through the roof and you will shine!   Just like I felt I shined by being effortlessly confident with myself!

Brand Upstyle GS Styling and Visuable

During our photoshoot Lidia did such an amazing job at making me laugh and boosting my confidence even more! She guided me with care and passion about how I could pose and my body language which made me feel so secure and looked after. I believe there is nothing more important on the shoot than the whole experience that your photographer can create for you.

Lidia has an amazing skill of bridging the gap between your brand message and a visual story of who you are in life and in business.

After the shoot she put together a beautiful website, placing all pictures and my content in a very strategic way, clear and cohesive, contemporary and original. Wow, wow, wow I am so impressed, so happy and so much more confident now. It just feels light and safe knowing that now, when my potential clients see my website they get the exact sense of who I am.

There is a full alignment. What you see is what you get ladies! Your visual brand is a promise of what you will bring to the table. Make sure you create this promise in a most authentic and impactful way!
— Gosia Scarrott

Gosia x

P.S If you are ready for your Personal Style and Brand Overhaul then both Lidia and I would be delighted to help your brand shine! With my Personal Style Advice I'll help you create a cohesive business image not only on the photoshoot but in real scenarios too! It is all about brand cohesion these days! Email gosia@gsstyling.com for more info on that.

 

 

How To Create Your Image Without Losing Self

How To Create Your Image Without Losing Self

imageself  

Photo: Visuable

Ladies, Style DNA is in you, you already know your likes and dislikes, your style preferences, what body parts you prefer to disguise, what you like to highlight, you have a vision of a woman you want to create- stylish, graceful and effortlessly confident in who she is!

As a business owner or a career woman you understand how your personal image builds your personal brand, don’t you? Your appearance and look is a part of the whole package – YOU. It has never been as important as today to showcase your most authentic and best true self to your clients, business partners, employers. Everything you do, say, your smile, body language, out of work activities etc on the top of your appearance and style is your IMAGE. If crafted consciously, it can take your business, career and yourself to the next level.

If left neglected and inconsistent it may leave you behind, attract the clients you don’t want to work with or that will never buy from you, left you unconsidered for the promotion at work, underestimate your skills and talents, affect people’s perception of you in a wrong or negative way and in general it might deprive you of potential for great opportunities that you could’ve attracted if you decided to take it just a bit more seriously than simply “turning up”. You decide how you juggle it, which side of your authentic self you show, in what context and for what occasion and to whom.

The important factors in building your brand are Context and Cohesion (watch Video below).

https://youtu.be/z02tOzAQ6Gg

 

Creating a cohesive personal brand is a work in progress, indeed. It all starts in a decision to craft the image and brand that sit in the context of your brand message.

I am learning it every day and I strive for progress in this area as I truly believe that if curated consciously and authentically, Personal Image and Brand is an extremely powerful tool in differentiating yourself as a person and an entrepreneur in a hectic and over saturated market. We are stepping into the Era of Entrepreneurship, more and more people set up businesses and it has never been as important as today to go an extra mile and put your clear brand vision into a best package.

GosiaX

P.S If you are interested in taking your image and self to the next level then check out my Style DNA Program in which I help clients re-invent themselves, step up with their style and conscious wardrobe and shopping approach to achieve a most balanced outcome- Confidence to achieve more in her life, career and business and invaluable gain in time and life simplicity.