as the great bard wrote in Hamlet. Today we are more likely to say “Clothes make the man”. Something that George Michael doesn’t always agree with.
Just a tired idiom? Or is there some truth in it?
Coming from England I have my own opinion of Czech fashion sense which I don’t need to elaborate on here. I myself have plenty to improve on. Over the 22 years I’ve lived in the Czech Republic I’ve, of course, followed developments.
As an HR Director in corporations I had to occasionally deal with complaints of foreign management about the local habits. I know well that this comes up elsewhere too.
A coach takes his clients as they are, without judgement
Nevertheless, as a professional life and executive coach I take my clients as they come, without judgement.
Sometimes a client’s outward appearance can be part of the solution, for instance when a client aims to improve his/her self-esteem or change the way their work colleagues perceive them. But I don’t judge their aesthetics even in this case.
With the permission of the client I might reveal my opinion, but it’s more likely that we will look for ways for the client to get feedback or advice from trusted sources, and what he/she is willing to do providing they think it will help them move towards their goal.
Mind you, as a free professional in a profession that involves meeting people every day I simply must come over as someone professional and in whom clients can place their trust. So, personally, I have to keep my outward appearance in mind.
That’s why I visited Sandra Klimešová at Delor International to have my bespoke shirts altered. I’ve had them in my wardrobe for a while now, but they are too big for me now that I’ve lost 20 kg (a blog topic in itself).