Getting back to my roots…
I had a feeling of hesitation, anxiety and fear when I decided to cut my relaxed ends and wear my natural curly hair. A few factors played into the mixed emotions but the struggle was intensified because I had not seen any black women walking the corporate halls rocking their ‘fro, so naturally, thoughts of what “people” thought crossed my mind.
However, during the time I completed my transition and went for the big chop I was on assignment in Europe. The new environment and culture lessen my initial thoughts. I was in a new culture and I felt like I was able to reinvent myself. I knew there would probably still be a perception drawn; not only because of my non typical corporate attire but now I was adding my natural tresses to the scene. But to my surprise it was quite the opposite. The reaction was very well received.
At the end of the day, many say perception is reality. There is nothing wrong with EXPRESSING who you are as an individual but, it’s a matter of how you portray it. For me, if I know that I am scheduled to meet with a client I would opt to wear my hair in an updo or bun as opposed to my big, beautiful Afro. I would also choose to wear one bold piece like a bright jacket or printed skirt with a solid top. This allows me to still be me…consciously.
In short, the influence that is given by you will be the influence that is communicated about you. Keep it positive, remain true to who you are and the balance of the ‘Fro and MeYe style (pronounced MY style) will both win.
Dress the Part, Shop Smart
Mimi Irvin “aka” Corporate Chic