Metro Manila has become one of the most if not the top most crowded places in the country right now. Traffic has worsened and most of the time commuting is such a bad idea for young professionals like me who doesn’t own a car. While I’ve been to places outside the country, recently Singapore where public transportation amazingly exceeds my expectation. I don’t mind commuting to and from work if I had that kind of comfort in a public transportation, it simply gives me a sight into the future hoping that my country Philippines would soon have that. Crossing fingers. Well, enough of those sentiments, let’s go back to business!
So, you woke up early because you’ll be meeting a client somewhere in Ortigas or Makati and you live somewhere in Quezon City. Of course, you would want to impress the client and close the deal and present your wide smile to your boss. You sure don’t want to be late right? As early as you can you have to get there, probably you’d like to be the first one to arrive at the meeting place. However, that can easily be remedied to avoid traffic, you must get up very early. The other thing that you would want to make sure is how you’ll look good, how to present yourself in the way you dress. Maybe if you’re too early you might just, I repeat you might just avoid the bumper to bumper traffic, but hey this is Metro Manila! There’s no such thing as rush hour nowadays! So, what shall you do to stay fresh and presentable with your clientele? Every day I commute from Novaliches to my workplace in Makati, and many times I would have bad days because I am caught in traffic and end up sweating all over even before I’ve arrived at my workplace! Frustrating? Always! But I have learned to adjust.
I’d like to share with you some tips that I do learn from my experience. Staying in style while in commute is something you would want to do especially in places like Metro Manila! Check out the list below:
- Be minimalist. Do not bring your entire home with you. Have a fashionable bag where you could put your laptop, otherwise bring a small bag, I always have cross-body bag where I can put my phone, wallet, umbrella, and packed lunch.
- The right choice of clothes colors. Remember that colors associate our moods. For tops, I choose pastel colors, I found them lighter to wear over dark color clothes. Pants should contrast the color of the top. Mostly I wear black or gray.
- Wear comfortable shoes. I had this experience that my shoes does not fit well to my feet, there you go, I got blisters. Ouch!
- One of best things you could wear every day is your smile. You know, a smile is the simplest form of fashion. It really affects not only your mood but also to the people you’ll going to interact with. So, just smile with style.
- The color of your shoes should complement to the color of your belt if you have one. If your belt is brown, then get shades of brown shoes.
- The power of light-dark combination. The top always comes light colors, Pants always comes dark, or vice-versa.
- You can add accessories, like a wrist watch, bracelets, ring, necklace, or other bling, but do not over accessorize.
Remember, your style will help you create the impression on your client. An impression that you would want to capitalize on your favor. Might be closing a deal, or a possible contract. Use your style to your advantage. In a corporate world, fashion varies, while you are out there to impress you have to remember as well that the idea of fashion is how you make yourself comfortable. Dressing for success is one thing, but a fashion style with your wit and keen intelligence is the way to closing a deal! 🙂