As the New Year rolls in, so does the number of loft goals we set for ourselves, personally and professionally. I for one have made a resolved with myself that 2015 is the year that I will take my professional career to the next level.
I know that sounds all-encompassing and frankly, just too vague to be realistically achievable. While I don’t have a crystal clear vision of what and how I want to be, I’m starting to get a better idea of what I DON’T like about my work life. However this may sound, I actually want to be in control. I believe for people to be satisfied in their work, there must be some essential elements in place: autonomy, mastery, creativity (and I don’t mean that in an artsy, hoity-toity kind of way) and purpose.
So, as a first step in my making-over of once career or upgrading it, if you will, I believe a polished professional look is an absolute must. Depending on what your profession is, there is likely an industry-established dress code and it’s best to adhere to this policy.
And what do I mean by that?
DO YOU HAVE A DRESS CODE AT WORK?
Well, you’re certainly not expected to show up at the gym with a full suit on during personal fitness training with your client but you are expected to be in a presentable and clean fitness-appropriate outfit. For those working in a non-corporate environment say an ad agency or on TV, there are plenty of stylish ensemble that conveys the message that you are both competent and capable.
LE CHATEAU FOR THE CAREER MEN AND WOMEN
When it comes to a more traditional work dress code, suits are of course the de rigueur and I have recently discovered a new (but old, as in it’s been around for decades) store that has a great suiting section. Le Chateau, the long time Canadian retailer actually carries a big selection of suits, work wear, handsome coats and jackets, as well as a huge collection of sandals, shoes and boots for both men and women.
LE CHÂTEAU INC. SINCE 1959
And though you may not think of Le Chateau first when you think suits, you would be surprised to know that yes, Le Chateau is also now known for stylish, high quality suits, in a wide selection of cut, fabric and style.
Founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1959, Le Château Inc. designs, imports and retails a wide range of women’s and men’s apparel, accessories and footwear. It has 226 stores in Canada, 2,600 employees and close to 35 per cent of its production done here in Canada. Although it made its reputation and popular following on fast fashion and glitzy glam party and club wear originally aimed at a younger demographic according to its vice-president of sales and operations, Franco Rocchi, it has, in recent years, have transformed into a well-rounded lifestyle destination. From party dresses to the corporate boardroom, from snappy ties to trendy sports jackets and from sequin pumps to some serious killer boots, Le Château has been a great source of quality apparel in a not so expensive price.
FIND YOUR PERFECT SUIT AT LE CHÂTEAU
During my recent visit to the Le Château store at the Rideau Centre in preparation of my co-hosting gig on TV at Daytime Ottawa with Derick Fage, I discovered not only huge selection of cold weather footwear collection, I found out they have a big section dedicated for suiting, on both the men and women’s side. Le Château store managers Con and Melanie, as well as their staff like Vanessa (themselves just as stylish as the store they represent), were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in finding me the perfect suit.
Which one did I end up choosing? Stay tuned to find out!
Have you been to Le Château lately?