“Bling” is a part of any outfit! But what’s “in” with SLPs this year? And what should you leave behind? Here are a few of the faves and some experienced “don’t do it!’ advice!
Not every room will have a clock, technology dies and the time change can mess with your head. A watch is a great way to make sure you’re on time without draining your phone battery or being too blatantly obvious that someone is a total bore! I love my Pebble watch, as I can get my phone alerts on it – another great way to preserve my battery life!
The favorite necklaces of many SLPs (myself included) are Origami Owl – they let you tell a story with a clear locket and specific charms! They have even come out with a lanyard! How cool!? Even if you don’t have one of these in your jewelry box, pick a necklace that tells something about you. People will be looking at your face, so compliment your outfit while making a statement about yourself. This is especially important if you are interviewing or networking – wear what is expected while saying something about who you are as an individual. I love this image for helping me pick the right necklace for my outfit!
I feel like my outfit is more complete with a pair of earrings. This also gives me another place to “personalize” my outfit. A great set of earrings draw attention to your face and can be a fun conversation piece too! Pick something with an interesting shape or some extra sparkle – have fun! Having not pierced my ears until I was a junior in college, I’m a bit of an earring addict now..
You’ll be shaking a lot of hands and, if you’re anytihng like most SLPs I know, talking with your hands all weekend. Clean up your nails so you can use those paws with confidence! Jamberry nails are all the crazy currently, and some of our SLP friends even sell them! An everyday manicure will work perfectly well, or even just some filing. I’ll probably get my rings cleaned too – they accent my finger bling! Whatever suits your fancy. Any it’s Florida, so you may want to give your feet some loving too! Spa day anyone?
The “Don’t” List
There area few pieces of “bling” you should leave behind. The biggest being bracelets! This may sound crazy, but hear me out. You will be shaking hands, digging in your bag, typing on your devices… they get in the way, bang against surfaces, have to be ‘shook’ out of the way to shake a hand or write a note, etc. People sitting near you will be less than thrilled by the sound of them slamming against your tablet and they will end up tossed in your bag by lunch. Lessen your frustrations and chance of losing them by not even wearing them in the first place.
Next on the list? Dangly earrings. This one is only a concern if you choose to wear a scarf or hug someone. What can I say? I’m a hugger! And a scarf wearer! And I never seem to stop and think about the potential that my earrings will get snagged all.day.long. on my scarf or in the hair of my friend who I haven’t seen in a year. I have decided to pick shorter earrings as one of my statement pieces this year, to save myself some serious frustration.
What “bling” will you be sporting?
– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP