Present Yourself for Opportunity

Elaine Welteroth

Lesson time 03:52 min

Need help getting dressed for the job you want? Elaine’s got you.

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Topics include: Present Yourself for Opportunity • Establish Your Staples •


[MUSIC PLAYING] - I'm a firm believer in the power of an excellent outfit. And it doesn't just apply to people who want to work in fashion. Whatever you decide to put on your body, the way that you decide to show up in the world communicates something to the world about how you want to be perceived. It doesn't mean that you have to over index on your physical appearance, and it doesn't mean that you're shallow if you care about presenting yourself in a certain way. It's about being thoughtful about every aspect of how you can show up in the world, and that includes your presentation. How you communicate who you are, how you communicate your company, how you communicate your brand matters. When it comes to presentation, here is my biggest piece of advice. Find your staples. - A little bit like "The Devil Wears Prada," you know, with all the racks and racks of clothes. - But I will I promise that I'm not the devil. I may wear Prada every once in a while. - - As a creative entrepreneur, as a mogul in the making, you have to wear a lot of different hats, literally and figuratively. So it is so important that you maximize your decision-making time, and that includes the time it takes you to figure out what you are going to wear every day. We only have a finite amount of time every single day. We have to be wise about how we spend it. We should not be laboring over what we're going to wear, and so that's why I think it's so important that you have your core, signature staples. Over the years, I've cultivated my own signature style around four main staples-- my big, curly hair, my white boots, my gold aviator glasses that I've literally worn for years-- they're so played out, but I can't let them go-- and a bold, structured suit that makes me feel powerful but also colorful. And it balances out both sides of me, my eccentricity and boldness and playfulness and, like, the colorful part of my personality, but also the structure that represents that I mean business and I don't take no shit. - Oop, that's . - Oop, bloop! [MUSIC PLAYING] For some of you, fashion may not be intuitive, and that's totally okay. To develop your personal style, you can make a mood board of looks that you're drawn to. Study people with a similar body type or vibe that you're going for. And then, don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new silhouettes, new fabrics, new cuts. And then, take some pictures of yourself and see what feels authentic to you. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident. We're having a shoe war situation, you guys. Is it the blue, or is it the leopard? You don't have to think of yourself as some sort of fashion icon, and you don't even have to aspire to work in fashion to hone a look that really supports the business that you're building and the work that you're trying to put out into the world. Remember, how you present ...

About the Instructor

After a decade in her dream job as editor in chief of Teen Vogue, award-winning journalist Elaine Welteroth realized she had other dreams worth pursuing. Now, the New York Times bestselling author, multimedia trailblazer, and judge on the new Project Runway is teaching you how to get out of your comfort zone and harness your personal values, passions, and skills to custom design a career path as unique as you are.

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Elaine Welteroth

Former Teen Vogue editor in chief and multimedia icon Elaine Welteroth teaches you how to harness your values, skills, and passions to create your dream career path.

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