For Senior Women Execs, Black Is A Must

December 13, 2011  |  

By Charlotte Young

Always dress for the job you want, not the job you have. And ladies, if you’re aiming to one day take your boss’s place at the head of the company, wear black.  The Wall Street Journal reports that it’s the color all the top women professionals are wearing.

A Career Builder survey of 561 managers detailed that 51 percent of women senior executives choose to wear black to work. It’s the perfect color for working moms as not only is it professional, but slimming and easy to match. Unfortunately for moms with babies or small children, black also reveals stains from baby spit up and other messes. Black is also not the best option for those working in hotter climates.

Contrary to women, the survey revealed that 41 percent of male executives chose a traditional blue suit to work, generally opting for a nice navy color.

In addition to the color choices, if they can help it, most executives seemed to dislike wearing suits. 63 percent of top professionals are also choosing to wear business casual to the office. In some more liberal offices, executives even choose to throw on a pair of jeans or shorts for a typical day of work.

When lunch time rolls around, 57 percent of women tend to bring their lunch to work compared to 36 percent of men. Men are also more likely to order fast food.

Big powered execs like big powered cars. SUV’s rank at the top of the list for senior executives with 27 percent opting for this vehicle.

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