Kat Griffin is the founder and publisher of Corporette.com, a fashion and lifestyle site for women lawyers, bankers, MBAs, and otherwise overachieving chicks.
Here, Kat offers he advice to overachieving chicks on dressing for success.
Tell us about Corporette. When and why did you start your site?
I started Corporette in May 2008 – I had been working as a BigLaw litigator for six years and felt like no one was talking to other women in my situation, where we needed to look professional, but wanted to look fashionable and trendy.
How would you define an “overachieving chick”?
An overachieving chick is a woman who is ambitious and wants to succeed in her workplace.
What are some of the challenges facing female professionals in today’s job market?
Women seem to have more challenges than men in the workforce – it can be a challenge to fit into a male dominated world and be seen as an equal. Fashion shouldn’t be a part of it, but it is – women have more choices than men and more room for error.
What are must-have work wardrobe staples for an overachieving chick?
The must have work staples for an overachieving chick would be a bit different depending on every office – across the board I’d say that a watch is a must (shows you’re reliable, dependable), a blazer (it’s an easy grab-and-go item if you’re called to a meeting at the last minute), and a pair of heels or professional flats you feel SO great in you don’t have to think about them.
Talk to us about what the average female professional needs to know about when dressing for a job hunt?
When dressing for a job hunt, you really need to pay attention to your industry and the office you’re interviewing for – it’s OK to err on the more formal side! I’d rather show up for an interview in a black suit and realize everyone is in casual pants rather than the opposite. If you’re wearing a skirt or a dress, I’d encourage women to sit in front of a full length mirror, as well, to see how the skirt looks when you sit down (as well as standing up).
What are the biggest mistakes you see female professionals making when dressing for interviews or networking events?
The biggest mistakes when dressing for interviews or networking events come down to confidence on one hand (own your suit! it’s OK to be powerful!) and naivety on the other (I’ve been at networking events where women apparently didn’t think about cleavage or a short skirt and what that might convey to people, or where they wore such uncomfortable shoes that they were mentioning it to people as if it were part of conversation.
What are the benefits of tools like Paysa for women who want to find a new job or launch their career?
Paysa is a great tool for women in tech wanting to know their market worth and how to increase their salary.