And no I don't mean that really - this article absolutely captures the guidance that is offered to women seeking to progress their careers. It includes advice about being more 'blokey', wear less feminine clothes and learn about football! Really?
One of my favourite musicals is Legally Blonde - 'pink', blonde and fluffy, yet sharp-witted, observant and determined. Who would you rather was your lawyer - Elle or the arrogant ex-boyfriend relying on his WASP background to make his way in the world.
That does not mean you should not consider what you wear, or talk about, or how you behave and interact with people at work. Of course you should. But the key is to be authentic to yourself, your values and your goals. And be confident in your abilities and skills. Go for it!
If I can’t change my personality, what about my outfit? Several recruiters have suggested that what I wear could damage my chance for employment. And that if I want to be taken seriously I should wear sedate colours, tone down makeup and not even think about wearing a pink dress. While 80s power dressing might be a few decades outdated, the connotations of colour and fabric still hold: a delicate peach silk shirt would never win a fight against a grey wool suit, for example.