Did you know that employees who dress well are viewed as more reliable, successful and driven by their colleagues, clients and business partners? It’s true, and there’s plenty of scientific research to back that up. We’ll delve into some of these fascinating studies in future posts, but first we want to introduce ourselves.
FirstSeven is a Corporate Training firm that works directly with companies, typically through their Learning & Development departments. We create content and deliver training seminars to educate professionals on how to improve their performance, by upgrading their image.
FirstSeven was founded by three fashion industry veterans who have worked for years styling thousands of clients across the country. Do you know what the biggest ‘need state’ was for these clients? Yes, you guessed it...there was a huge demand for assistance with workwear. Women reached out when they were headed back to work after taking time to raise their family, when they changed careers or when their company’s dress code went from business formal to business casual
Working with these clients was so rewarding! After incorporating our styling suggestions we’d hear how they felt more confident, which helped them to nail a big presentation. They told us that they started to feel more professional, they stood a little taller, spoke up a little clearer, and this translated directly to their productivity. We heard stories of how they felt they were getting more respect and were being taken more seriously by their clients and business partners. Since there was such a need for this type of education, we decided to evolve from working only one on one, to reaching more people through informative, interactive and fun group training sessions.
We’ve created content on a wide range of topics, all of which are relevant to the workplace. I’ll touch on a few of our favorites, to give you an idea of what we’re about:
Keeping it Casual: So many companies and industries are moving to be more casual. While this is a welcome evolution for many employees, it can be challenging to navigate. From an employer perspective, it can be awkward and difficult to enforce a more casual dress code, especially in a more creative environment. In this session we will teach employees how they can continue to showcase their personal style while still being professional and client ready.
All About Moms: This is a module we created specifically to assist moms. Women make up 57% of the workforce and 70% of moms with kids 18 or younger are working outside the home. Working moms face their own unique challenges, especially those who are reentering the workplace. This time can be a big adjustment for many women, whether they’ve been home with a newborn for a few short months, or if they stayed home for an extended time to raise their family. In our All About Moms training session, we’ll help women look and feel confident by sharing tips and tactics to ease their morning routine while ensuring they’re looking and feeling their best. We were so excited to learn about ‘Re-Entry’ programs in which many companies are investing, this module would be a great complement to those, it also works wonderfully as a stand alone session.
Fit Matters: Fit is one of the most important aspects of style. It doesn't matter how expensive your shirt was or who designed your blazer, if the fit is bad, it will look bad. With the right fit, you'll look and feel secure, confident and happy. But, in order to achieve the proper fit, you need to know your body type and how to dress for it. We will show you various styling techniques to flatter your figure while educating on fit.
These are just a few of the sessions we’ve developed. There are several more, and we also welcome the opportunity to customize content specific to your company and its unique challenges.
If you’re involved in Learning & Development, HR or simply want to learn more about FirstSeven, please connect with us, go to our website and/or comment on this post and we’ll reach out to you!
If you’re a professional woman (established, or just starting out) please follow us for proven tips on how to build a great work wardrobe on a budget and some strategies to get you from desk to dinner, flawlessly (among other topics). We’ll post at least once a week in the beginning, and we’ll ramp up from there. In addition to styling tips and suggestions, we’ll share more about each of the co-founders, as well as some inspirational client stories, and scientific research that validates the importance of focusing some of your attention on your outward appearance.
Please let us know if there are any specific challenges you’re facing in regards to your work wardrobe and we’ll make sure to address them!