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How to Dress for Success!

In our latest episode, Stacy Cross gets uncomfortable with Dr. Cara, a medical physician in Atlanta, who believes that professional dress is NOT common knowledge.

Dr. Cara has been on 40-50 professional interviews (3 RA, 2 research, 4 Med school, 11 residencies, 7 fellowship, 10 attending) which has made her an expert in the topic of what to wear in a professional setting, interview or in any industry for that matter. Dr. Cara shares practical, easy to follow and implement, do’s and don’ts of dress.

This topic is much needed because as Dr. Cara stated, many people don’t know how to dress for work, what colors to wear, what shoes are appropriate and how to display confidence through clothing.

Additionally, Dr. Cara and I open dialogue about power, confidence, and why it is important to be “comfortable in a job interview”

Even though Dr. Cara shared insight that will most likely resonate more with our female Comfort Killers, we believe this show is for both male and females alike. To simply conclude: Professional dress is about being comfortable, clean, neat and confident.

Below are Dr. Cara’s notes that she would like to share with The Comfort Killers. Devour it.

My mother was stay at home, so these are things I’ve learned along the way to help you be:

Professional, powerful, and pretty

Dress for job you want, not the one you have-sometimes dressier than required

-Take note of what your boss wears for an example


Women may have to work harder to get ahead-don’t sabotage yourself!

First impressions count-unfair but true.  Take advantage of your first impression


Do’s and Don’ts for Professional POWER Dress.


  1. Chest line, sleeveless, and hem lengths/other job functions which could affect your fit (bending over, raising arms overhead, etc.)

-what you would wear to visit an older person you know or to go to church, mosque, or another worship place

  1. Shoes-cute but comfortable, flats if cannot handle walking a lot in heels

-Affects your mood and      performance!

  1. Wash ability -dry clean vs machine

-save money, focus your energy on your goals instead of going to the dry cleaners

  1. Colors/patterns-show some personality with them but too bright or wild might not work if conservative work place

-certain colors like red can be powerful nonverbally

-key to know your company’s work culture.  Read the dress code if there is one

  1. Quality of garment-well made, get it altered to fit right

-may cost more initially but an investment like your future

  1. Consider statement piece-shoe, necklace, hair clip-just not too young or distracting from the awesome job you are doing!


  1. Too much jewelry,
  2. Distracting nail polish or nails too long
  3. Too much makeup or perfume
  4. Showing your Cleavage, too much of your thighs
  5.  High heels that are unsafe, etc
  6.  Too tight clothing


Consider a few power pieces for important meetings, presentations, interviews

Mine: red, pencil skirt, collared button down shirt, kitten heeled pointy toe

Be physically comfortable so can get uncomfortable to reach our goals

Being put together:

-will make you more confident,

-shows your commitment to the job to your boss,

-and will give you some pride and happiness


Remain uncomfortable!