Should you tell a co-worker that she needs a makeover?

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Question: “How do you tactfully tell a co-worker/friend, who recently received a promotion to an upper-level management position, that she needs to dress more professionally? She dressed very nice for the interviews, but the next day she was back to wearing wrinkled, sloppy clothing. She will be meeting potential donors and prominent business people, but she doesn’t seem to have a clue about her style. How can I help her succeed in her new position without hurting a friendship?” — Want to Help

What Not to Wear..? :)

Posted by: Liza | September 12, 2008 at 02:22 PM

If she's truly a friend, then show your excitement about her promotion and ask when you can go with her shopping to expand her wardrobe. Say it in such a way that it's just a "given" she'll be buying a new wardrobe. Or, tell her that you're updating your wardrobe since you feel that outside business activities are going to pick up and ask her to go wi...(register to read more)

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jess September 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’d suggest to first start with POSITIVES. Everyone has something special about their look and truly focus on that. Start first discussing that. remember, some people feel you are over-stepping their personal boundaries by judging them.. so begin with how she can ENHANCE her positive. a makeover is a strange word.. enchancing the positives would be BETTER.

and remember that beauty and looks is subjective. in some cultures, the skinny look is considered someone ‘who needs a makeover’ and vice versa. so you may be surprised that she may be happy with who she is. in this case, you really need to concentrate on her clothing and dress codes.. vs. appealing to certain restricted beauty standards which you may prefer..

good luck


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