So it wasn't long before I morphed (no real hardship I have to confess) into weekly manicures and bi-weekly pedicures (the latter for work days in excess of 30 degrees when sandals without hose were begrudgingly accepted but definitely not without well groomed feet - painted pink or red. Nothing more dark or demonic than that). And yes, people really did notice.
And then there is makeup. Here is a conundrum - too much and you are accused of looking tarty, with comments about understanding the difference between nightclubs and work. But go to work ‘au naturel’ and the view is "you obviously don't care about yourself so why should we?"
Most women know that to get the perfect ‘no makeup, yet made-up look’ takes ages to get right. I have to admit I give it my best shot most days as I cannot imagine leaving home for the office without makeup on. I'd feel slightly naked to be honest.
Then there's the ‘C’ word? I mean cleavage of course. I'm going to sound a smidgen old fashioned but is it really necessary to flaunt what you've got at the office? Any woman who thinks the plunge of their neckline and their visible red coloured bra strap will go unnoticed once they start espousing their great ideas at work is sadly mistaken (and it is rather sad).
While it is no longer necessary for women to wear the power suits with Dynasty-style shoulder pads (and yes I used to wear them too - thank goodness I don't have to anymore!), there are clothes, in my view, that are better suited to a night out or for the beach. My list includes: visible underwear, plunging necklines, flip flops, shorts and very short skirts or very tight tops.