- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (December 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446672238
- ISBN-13: 978-0446672238
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Women's Dress for Success Paperback – December 1, 1996
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I met John Malloy and bought his first books back in the late 1970's, and his advice REALLY helped me back then when I was a stock broker. I was delighted to see he had a new book out for women. I was not disappointed. He discusses all the ways women's professional dress has changed, and has good research to back up his conclusions, which he also shares with the reader. I have now changed professions--I am a teacher living overseas. I still found his advice very valuable, especially his new advice about "Casual Fridays," or any other business where dress is normally casual. Although I didn't know it before I read the book, this is the area which is now giving women the most trouble. He gives a lot of excellent advice--too much to summarize here. He covers many particular professions in detail.
Yes, Malloy's advice is based on research. He has surveyed hundreds of thousands of people on "which woman is more successful?" He shows people pictures of "twins" which are really the same woman dressed in different ways. He reports on the types of outfits, fabrics, patterns, accessories, hair styles, jewelry, and even colors that say "success" to people. He gives step by step tips on how to shop for "success" items even on a college student's budget.
This new version IS updated. Malloy himself says "Everything has changed" since he researched and wrote this second book. His advice about business casual - avoid it if you can - is right on for professional women. We have a hard enough time being recognized as professionals in suits, let alone if everyone is in Dockers and company logo polo shirts! He gives tips on how to stand out favorably even in today's polo shirt land.
John Molloy covers the basics of what to wear in a business environment, which he has researched extensively, and very few of the guidelines have changed over the years. The one thing he states that has changed, is that now "dressing for success" is "almost universally accepted," and yes, there is a double standard, as men can get away with dressing poorly, but few women can, if they want the corner office with the view. Some of Molloy's research is fascinating, especially in the legal profession, as he explains how color, style, and dress size will influence a jury ("In personal injury cases, clients were more likely to be believed if they wore outfits one size too large").
Aside from advice on clothes, accessories, and hair styles (all accompanied by black and white drawings), Molloy discusses body language (posture and facial expression), and the all-important and often ignored speech pattern, vocabulary and voice tone.Read more ›
After seven months of searching for a better job I read this book and decided to follow Molloy's suggestions for the type of position I was seeking. My next two job interviews resulted in two lucrative offers. A 100 percent response rate.
I recommend this book even if some of Molloy's perspectives of women in the workplace may be hard to accept. Look past them and adapt his suggestions to what works best for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a lightly used book. It was in perfect condition.
This book gives women tips on why it is important to dress your best as often as possible. Read more
The negative comments about this book are laughable. No, looks are not all that matter and yes, fat people – both men and women – are discriminated against. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bruce
Although this was updated in the 90's, and is therefore out of date, the advice is still extremely relevant. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Celeste
Thks book is supposed to be the updated "Women's Guide to Success Dressing." I scanned through it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marge M.
I ordered this book for my IDS 2100 (wealth & success) lecture. I'm thankful that I brought this book. It was truly an investment.Published 15 months ago by LaToya
Interesting...however it needs an update. I read it many years ago also.Published 16 months ago by Lady