What Women Can Learn from Ayesha Curry’s Modest Style Choice
Trill or Not Trill?

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Ayesha Curry, a 26-year-old mom, author and wife to NBA Warriors’ Stephen Curry became a trending topic last week and received backlash after implying that women who choose to show off their bodies aren’t classy.

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Was Ayesha really out of line for expressing an honest opinion? In a world where celebrity sex tapes and reality stars are among the top influences, it doesn’t surprise me that some people felt extremely uncomfortable at the mere mention of modest style.

You may or may not have agreed with her tweet or the reasons why she said it, but if we look at the bigger picture, the topic we should really be focused on is what your personal style says about you. Whether you choose to dress modestly or scantily clad, let’s make one thing clear: your image and reputation are far more important than any resume you’ll have so before you clap back at Ayesha, check yourself and proceed with caution.

What I admire about Ayesha is that she does not compromise her character, taste or opinions and always projects the best image of herself. Every woman is entitled to embrace style differently. I encourage all women to celebrate their own unique approach to fashion, but also take note that your wardrobe choices tell a story and what you choose to say to the world matters.

Here are three things to think about before you get dressed in the morning.

You only get one chance to create a first impression. Before you even open your mouth, you’ve already made a statement and yes, people do judge a book by its cover. When you put your best foot forward, people notice and when you are noticed doors open, opportunities arise and you will attract positive attention. There are levels to this. It’s called self-promotion and it’s an art every woman should know inside out. You have the power to say something about who you are and what you stand for through your wardrobe choices.

You are the hallmark of your brand. Maintain a reputation of consistent excellence in everything you do and that includes how you present yourself. Good brands immediately tell the audience what they’re about. I define my mark through my magnetic personality, online presence, killer work ethic and savvy image. I know what works for me and I highly advise doing some self-reflection and highlighting the qualities that work best for you. Let’s call it brand DNA.

Your image is worth more than any resume. It has proven to be true time and time again in my life and career. Develop a signature look and don’t hesitate to dazzle because people want to be wowed by you. I work in an environment that inspires me to dress up every day. I put in the effort because I love the productivity that is an indirect result from my style choices. The formula is simple when you look good, you feel good and you will produce outstanding work. I’m a woman who truly believes that being pulled together gives you the confidence to handle anything.

The next time you step outside the house, think about your public image ROI (Return on Investment). You know whether or not you are dressed for success, you don’t need anyone to define that for you. Command attention, turn heads and make everyone talk, but for the right reasons. Be the point of difference and never forget there is power in a first impression.

 

Pauleanna Reid is  an Author, Speaker, Brand Architect, CEO, New Girl On The Block. As featured in ESSENCE, MTV Canada, Global TV, Vibe Vixen. For more on Pauleanna and her work check outPauleannaReid.com