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44. What sorts of things do you do, clothing, make-up or hair-wise, to feel professional?
I feel professional when I have a purse or a clutch. Wearing an elegant dress or nice slacks, maybe. A pair of comfy wedge heels finish it off nicely.
I wear a lot more black than I prefer.
I buy the good quality products from the retail store.
At my age, I no longer need to look professional. When I was a professor, I wore khakis & long sleeve blouses or simple skirts & tops with flats. When I was a practicing RN, I wore funky scrubs & plastic clogs. I recall vividly my dislike of the "white shirt, black tie, IBM" image. Got rid of all the 'professional' suits, etc. but kept some of the scrubs. They're good for anytime wear, out or in or even as pj's.
If it's office, to be inconspicuous.
If I'm doing costuming, I wear the best sewn thing I have. If that involves sequins or a feathered hat, that too.
I don't wear make up; I never look good in it.
Visit hair dresser. Clean/polish shoes. Wear something dark and well-fitting.
tone down, absolutely always - natural makeup, natural hair, calm clothes and colours
Trousers. Little or no make-up. Short hair, little or no hair product
I like dark tights. I have one grey skirt I can wear with any top and do what I can to feel most like me with my make up. I make it work. I really don't have anything professional except things I fiddle with.
Wearing a blazer to work makes me feel instantly more professional than I do without one. Carrying my black handbag makes me feel professional too, especially when you can see that it's stuffed with clear files and pads and papers.