In a recent blog post on the Valley PR Blog Linda Vendevrede questions whether or not wearing “the highest of high” heels is beneficial in the PR field. She discusses how over the past 10 years heels have become higher and have the same power of appearance as ties do for men. However, she concluded by asking is wearing high heels a sign of selling out or just staying competitive?
As far as I’m concerned, it is simply keeping up with the times and showing ones ability to relate to current culture. Being fashion forward in any industry is beneficial as long as it is kept classy. Heels that are a little too high or provocative is taking it to far and not appropriate for the workforce. However, heels that are classy and sleek show a woman’s fashion sense and give her style.
Wearing high heels is a form of confidence that carries over into one’s work as well. Most clients will take you more seriously and have more respect for your ideas and opinions. I think it is especially important in the public relations industry becuase appearance has an important role in the field. It is important because you are constantly dealing with people and trying to gain their trust. People that come accross more put together will find it easier to build realtionships with clients, media and/or stakeholders.
Heels getting higher in the workforce is just a mirror image of what’s going on in the fashion industry. Wearing heels does not meant that you are selling yourself out, it is simply a fashion statement that comes with a little boost of confidence.