Question: I have been promoted to a supervisory position over about 50 employees. The position has never been held by a woman and never by a person as young as I. (I'm 27, 5-foot-5 and wear a Size 9.) Knowing that I will be met with opposition, I want to dress with a style that spells professionalism. The clothes also have to have a carefree feeling so that I am comfortable wearing them. The job requires bending and lifting so dresses are not suitable. Shoes, by regulation, must have a low heel. I also will be dealing with the public. What do you recommend?--C.E.
Answer: First, put on a more positive attitude. If you "know" that you will be met with opposition, you probably will be. If you "know" that your employees will love working for and with you, they probably will. To help you feel positive and project a positive image, consider the pants outfit illustrated here. It's from Koret of California's Career label--with a line created especially for working women. The pantsuit, priced at about $65, is made of 100% wool and comes in gray, winter white, camel, heather green, light blue, navy and red. The fully lined pants are styled to fit loosely at the hips, thereby providing room for bending. The cotton-polyester blouse at $45 comes in white, winter white or soft pink. The acrylic-nylon vest at $30 is available in black, winter white, bright blue and red. For retail outlets, write to Koret of California, 611 Mission St., San Francisco, Calif. 94105. In choosing your colors, remember that gray and navy register as the colors with the highest authority rating, red will get you noticed, and the others can be selected or discarded according to your coloring and work needs. Winter white, for example, may not be practical on the job.