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Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff

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My husband was forced to wear suits to work throughout his career. When he protested, his boss said to him he needed to wear a suit and tie if he was meeting customers.

Then his boss added, “It shouldn’t matter, but it does.”

Many years ago, I took a job in retail where I learned about fashion design, brand labels and style from a woman named Sigrid. She came to work every day immaculately dressed and told me she always wore dresses or suits when she went to the doctor.

“Why?” I asked her. Her response stayed with me: “I want them to see me as a professional. And they do take me more seriously.”

Published in Cape Gazette on October 2, 2022.

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