Last night I was asked this question via email and I thought it was a great one to share here – “I was thinking about my voice and my walk – do they play a role in the way I dress?”
Here is my answer –
If you have a strong voice and powerful gait and wish to be seen as friendlier, you will need to wear medium intensity clothing in friendly colours such as mid-tone blues, creams and lilacs/purples. Your fabrics will also nee to be softer and the lines softer. Or at least one of these elements being softer as I don’t actually know what you look like so I am not sure if your physical appearance is overall more assertive, more supportive or quite balanced.
If you have a soft voice and a floating walk and wish to be seen as more persuasive, then you will need to wear strong colours and sharper cuts.
Our physical presence is the first thing people notice about us, so as you walk into a room, your walk, associated with your outfit will set the stage for how you are perceived. A strong outfit and a strong walk will say – I am a strong woman. A softer outfit combined with a graceful stride will say, I am friendly and you have nothing to worry about.
Now in both instances, you will expect the voice to reflect the image and you can come undone if you do not sound as you look.
Let’s now take this image to the telephone, your voice will paint a picture of what you look like. It can range from age expectations to personality and size. Again, people do not like to be surprised. So if you wish to be taken seriously in your given role, that may be to be more persuasive, or more supportive, make sure all of your elements cover that expectation. These elements are your physical image, your clothing choices and your voice. The great thing is that we can choose our clothing to reflect an image and, with work, can adjust our voice to sound as we like.
Don’t fall on your face because you don’t appear to stand true to how you appear.