I’m a member of a business women’s organization here in Singapore and recently they organised a business lecture called Global Google Girl. The speaker was Aliza Knox, Managing Director, Online Sales Group – Japan and Asia Pacific, Google.
So what to wear? I could have gone for a strictly business attire (pants and a shirt will always do for that) but instead I opted for something more fun. Inspired by all the tight fitting dresses of the fall 2011 collection, i opted for what comes closest in my wardrobe: this blue a-symetrical dress by JNBY.
Most of the women there had their normal business attire on so it came as a bit as a surprise when Aliza (who is 51 by the way) showed up on stage wearing a very casual outfit with jeans and t-shirt. According to Eliza, it’s her usual business attire at Google and it was what she wore that day to work. It certainly looks very comfortable. It’s the Google way and everyone can dress the way they like. Or is casual attire perhaps compulsory there?
Still, I’m not sure if I liked it. I would have preferred to see her in something more dressy and feminine.
Eliza proved to be a fun presenter indeed. Full of humor and very casual also in her way of speaking and connecting to people. No wonder she was voted the most Googly person at work! How she manages this high profile career, with lots of travelling and meetings and still has energy left to raise her children, I have no idea though.
What do you think of this way of dressing to work? Would you like to go to work this casual each day or do you like the fact that there is a bit of a business dress code?