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Too Hot To Trot: Could Your Wardrobe Be Keeping You From Climbing The Corporate Ladder.

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Dressing for success has been a hot topic since it became popular way back when. But, if you’re one of us many professional women out in the work force who want to be taken seriously, it seems we are at a serious disadvantage.

From frivolous teen fashions to cheesy cheesecloth fabrics there’s little in the way of elegance and distinction for the fashion-forward (young and mature) sophisticated (and sometimes “sexy”) career woman.

Yet, according to experts the worst thing women can do to impede their progress and changes of a promotion, is wearing alluring outfits to the office. It’s actually seen as being just as detrimental, if not more so than sporting a slovenly appearance.

And, tight skirts, and low cut blouses were seen as the most obscene and offensive, primarily for more advanced professionals or those in more “prestigious” positions.

In fact, studies showed that both men and women adversely rated women (despite their training and education) rated their competence based not on her performance, but on personal style, with those who dressed in “sexy” silhouettes being rated the lowest and least considered for advancement. They also judged her personality and lifestyle based on her look.

However, ironically enough, appearance had little effect on the evaluation on those in traditionally feminine positions such as receptionists and secretaries. In fact, supervisors (such as managers, etc) were judged more harshly and negatively than their female subordinates (even when dressed in the exact same outfit). And results also revealed that while certain industries and professions “do” encourage women to “flaunt” their femininity and sexuality some more “prestigious” and high power or status positions call women to dress “conservatively” warranting respect from both male and female peers.

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