(How about a little giveaway to celebrate 2,000 tumblr followers. I think that’s fair!)
I don’t talk a lot about my day job on this here blog, but here’s a hint: I work as a marketing manager for a consulting firm that is mostly male. I’ve learned that as a woman in my industry, it’s really important to look the part – i.e., I want the focus to be on my ideas and contributions rather than what lurks beneath the surface of my blouse. So, it’s suuuper important that I be really conscientious about my work attire: no gaping buttons, no skirts that are too short, no pants that are too tight. The types of things I never gave a second thought to now require additional consideration because I want to be taken seriously in a driven, professional environment.
Here’s what I’ve learned along the way:
- Visible bra straps are a no-no. I keep my arms covered up 99% of the time, but sometimes it is literally too hot (um…like right now) and I need to retire my cardigan or blazer until I’m actually in meetings. However, should the impromptu visitor show up at my cube, I don’t want a bra strap hanging out. And when I’ve got a sheer-blouse-plus-tank-top situation going on, bra straps can still be seen. To keep the bra straps hidden, I’ve been loving the Lily of France Extreme Options™ bra. It can literally be worn 62 different ways to make sure those straps stay hidden but you stay secure. (I think I just invented a new tag line. I’ll sell it to you if you’re interested.)
- Never ever ever ever wear a light-colored bra under dark-colored clothing. I learned this lesson the hard way after being caught in photographs wearing a black sweater with a nude-colored bra, and even though there were 7 different people in the photos, my ta-tas were the only thing you noticed. Thank gawd my friends had the compassion not to post that one on Facebook! Anywho, lucky for me, that fateful photo was taken at a purely social function, but to this day I know that black sweater = black bra! For a great option, try the Lily of France Extreme Options™ Push-Up bra in black. As a proud card-carrying member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, I can promise you that the push-up is believable, there’s no gaping between the cup and bosom, and the black color ensures the bra is incognito beneath my dark-colored tops.
- This last tip is for you ladies just starting out in the professional world as you transition from a uniform of leggings, Uggs and sorority t-shirts to pencil skirts and silk blouses. My tip is that more is more when it comes to undergarments. Say wha? Hear me out. I once read that the secret to wrapping a present well is not using little tape but rather lots of tape but keeping it hidden from the eye. I think the same is true of getting dressed. You’ll need more undergarments than you’re probably used to, but if done right, you’ll look super sleek and no one will be wise to any bumps, lumps or jiggles. And coming in at around $32, Lily of France bras are a great way to get started on the upper half. Pair with copius amounts of spandex on the bottom, and you’re all set.
And now for the really good part: Lily of France is offering one lucky blog reader the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. To enter, visit the Lily of France website and then come back and leave me a comment telling me which bra appeals most to you.
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 7/18 to 8/15/2012.
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