How To Be The Best Dressed PLUS Best Performing

Posted on May 20 2016

People in the workplace often face a myriad of problems when it comes to dressing. Research shows that your appearance strongly influences other people's perception of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, and it also affects your chances for hire or promotion. If you look good, you feel good and that reflects in your confidence, your work and even the way you interact with your peers and superiors. 


“The way you look directly affects the way you think, feel and act.

When you dress down, you sit down – the couch potato trend.

Manners break down, you begin to feel down, and you’re not as effective.”

– Kaplan-Leiserson

 

    But not only do you want to look your best, you also want to perform your best at work. The secret to achieving this is by wearing multifunctional/reversible clothing that are comfortable, stylish and versatile all at once.

    By addressing ALL below 5 major concerns women have when dressing up, my designs enable women to not only dress their best but also have the confidence, comfort and productivity to perform best at work. 

    1. Comfort

    - We use only the finest material that feel very soft to the skin. We use as much natural fiber as possible and only use synthetic fiber when absolutely necessary for the look and drape.
    When you are in a fast paced and high stress work environment, the last thing you want to worry about is how you look and feeling uneasy because of uncomfortable clothing. Who wants to keep adjusting a tight pencil skirt that keeps hiking up? Or a dress that is so tight that you can barely breath after eating lunch?


    2. Fit

    - By using knit fabrics, the fit is better and much more forgiving either you just gained or lost a few pounds. Having a fancy steak dinner with clients wearing our knit skirt/dress? No problem, as the skirt/dress will stretch with you as get bit fuller! 

    3. Quality

    - Since each piece must be able to be worn inside out, the construction and make has to be impeccable. This makes quality finish our top priority. Every seam, every stitch, every spot of each of our design pieces, must be perfect. 


    4. Versatility - Dressing for a busy schedule

    - Each piece can be converted to suit the occasion from one look to the others. 
    Have an afterwork event to go to? No need to bring an extra outfit to change into. Simply visit the restroom and flip the reversible dress you are wearing and you are good to go!
    PLUS: Versatility provides Efficiency
    - by saving you time spent on dressing up, you have more time to put into work. Because of the multiple options we offer in each of our designs, now you can also save a lot of money and time looking for and buying new pieces, plus have a much more edited closet and lighter travel wardrobe. 
    As a busy career woman who has the pressure to look good but don't have the time to buy a whole new wardrobe, reversible clothing is such a life saver as it offers double the options for half the effort (and money too)!

    5. Work appropriateness

    - The dresses are made long enough so you're not uncomfortable at work or on the commute to work,  the modest length also makes them appropriate for work dress codes.


    With having the best fit, comfort and quality as given, how does 'work appropriateness' and 'versatility' interplay to bring maximum value for your work attire (depending on your profession and dressing needs)? It would be worthwhile to take a look at different types of work attire to see how a fashion design piece can score on these two metrics. 
     
    According to image consultant Sylvie di Giusto, there are 5 levels of work attire:

    ccording to image consultant Sylvie di Giusto, there are 5 levels of work attire..
     

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    It's often hard to transition from one outfit to another. You might

    • have a last minute meeting on a casual friday and you need to quickly change to something more formal.
    • have a dinner plans with friends after work that you want to dress down for or numerous other unpredictable situations.
    • have a spontaneous dinner date invite from your boyfriend that ended up as a stay-over at his place that requires you to have something to wear for next day.
    It's hard to focus on work and performance when you're spending so much time worrying about being appropriately and comfortably dressed for any situation. See how these reversible pieces let you easily go from one level of work attire to another with only a change of accessories and layers: 


    The Abelle reversible striped top can go from being baseline casual to Mainstream causal.

    The Abelle reversible striped top can go from being baseline casual to Mainstream causal if you switch out the jeans for a pencil skirt and the flats for a pair of heels. You can also layer the convertible Dorris cardigan on top or wear it as a top on its own. 

     

    Alda reversible knit sweater dress in gold and white. Great for travel, cocktail and work.

    The Alda reversible bodycon dress is elegant in its simplicity. It can be worn on the gold or the white side and styled in so many ways you don't have to worry about ever being over or under dressed. 

     

    The Glenda reversible skirt has the classic silhouette of a pencil skirt which is ideal for most work attire.

    The Glenda reversible skirt has the classic silhouette of a pencil skirt which is ideal for most work attire. It's reversibility also adds numerous styling options to your wardrobe. It's a good basic that any working woman should have. 

     

    You can never go wrong with black and white and you definitely can't go wrong with the Johanna reversible bodycon dress. With its modest length and full sleeves you can be ready for a meeting with a client or business lunch in no time. The knit fabric and construction will also let you sit or stand for long periods of time without discomfort.



    Our multifunctional or reversible designs can be worn in different ways in order to get maximum use from one item of clothing. Our designs make you look your best while perform your best at work. 

    Here are a few quotes from our customers:

    "Since Jia Collection's pieces are so versatile, I can easily accessorize them to fit a variety of different events. I can move from meetings, to presentations, to dinner, without a hitch just by planning how to style each piece appropriately."

    - Kelly Hoey, CMO and Board Member

     

    "I adore wearing Jia's fabulous creations when I do TV or give lectures and presentations. The clothing is attention-getting, easy to wear and makes me feel & look great. I recently wore "Catherine" while doing a spot on WPIX."

    - Francine Segan, Cookbook Author & Food Historian

     

    “I was looking for something unique and chic that would be distinct but easy to wear. When l realized Jia Collection was versatile and could be worn in multiple ways, my design and traveler sensibilities got the best of me. l had to have a piece."

    - Gloria Roheim, Huffington Post Contributor and Founder of Wedge15, Toronto, Canada

     

    You can see more testimonial from  our customers here

    The clothes you wear are just another set of tools in your professional tool belt. If used correctly, you will not only be best dressed but also be the best performing. 

     

    I hope you find pieces that will make you best dressed PLUS best performing! 

     

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