If you’re going to testify before Congress or be in the spotlight in any other mode, the main thing to remember is to keep your look very simple.
I am definitely not going to weigh in on the IRS controversy, but on sartorial grounds, Lois Lerner is a lesson in what not to do. First, the tank/shell doesn’t work with the gray — the tank is a warm turquoise and it is jarring with the muted cool gray. Second and more important, the necklace and bracelet are a big distraction. This is even more obvious in video.
She would have done better with a higher neckline in some other color, and either no necklace or maybe an antiqued silver in a length that worked better with the shell’s neckline.
If you have a headshot photo session or media appearance, take some time to plan your outfit carefully and photograph yourself in it so you see what you look like. Get a second opinion. Wear the outfit around your house. And of course, consider bringing in a professional to guide and support you at such an important time.
(Ketura Persellin is an image consultant, personal stylist, writer, and public speaker in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. Please contact her for a complimentary phone get-acquainted session.)