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Jun 2, 2009 5:19 pm

I wanted to get some input on what you wear while doorknocking.



I've heard various things, especially from the men, from wearing polos to suits, and I'm curious to see what other female brokers are doing. I live in a very warm area, with temps running 90+ right now, so I'm thinking that a suit will probably be a bit warm. I want to look professional, but not be absolutely miserable.



I was thinking maybe a printed skirt and a short sleeve (maybe safari style) jacket might work.



Any input would be greatly appreciated!



Also, if anyone has a suggestion on shoes they've had luck with, I would appreciate it. I bought a pair of aerosole low heel shoes, but they are not as comfortable as I hoped they would be. I don't like most flats, with the exception of ballet and mary jane styles, but I think those may be a little too juvenile.

Jun 2, 2009 6:36 pm
MsBroker:

I wanted to get some input on what you wear while doorknocking.

I've heard various things, especially from the men, from wearing polos to suits, and I'm curious to see what other female brokers are doing. I live in a very warm area, with temps running 90+ right now, so I'm thinking that a suit will probably be a bit warm. I want to look professional, but not be absolutely miserable.

I was thinking maybe a printed skirt and a short sleeve (maybe safari style) jacket might work.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Also, if anyone has a suggestion on shoes they've had luck with, I would appreciate it. I bought a pair of aerosole low heel shoes, but they are not as comfortable as I hoped they would be. I don't like most flats, with the exception of ballet and mary jane styles, but I think those may be a little too juvenile.

 
Crotchless panties and pasties with cowboy boots.
Jun 2, 2009 8:31 pm

PM voltmoie and/or wind3574 for thoughts on what women wear

Jun 2, 2009 8:55 pm

Damn, you beat me to the punch Ronny.

Ms. - I'd just talk to the ladies in your region.

Jun 3, 2009 12:59 am

Something along the lines of a Hooter girl outfit?  Presuing of course, that you have some, um, hooters....

Jun 3, 2009 9:32 am

MsB,

 
It's tough to be new in this biz, it's even tougher to come on to this site.  I'll apologize for the boys above.  Since I'm sure you were truly looking for advice and then probably felt a little pissed off when you saw the responses, try this. 
 
You're a smart lady I'm sure, you passed the 7, which is an accomplishment because it allows you to start this career (see other thread), use your common sense.  Dress appropriately for your profession, wear a skirt and a blouse, wear slacks and a blouse, wear something you are comfortable in but still look professional.  Can't help you with shoes, just make sure they match and are comfortable.
 
Jun 3, 2009 9:45 am

hooter's outfit.....?   Pasties......?
well, i guess we now know who just finished college this year.

Jun 3, 2009 9:58 am

I have a bad feeling about this thread...

Jun 3, 2009 11:41 am

Pencil skirt, 3/4 sleeve collared shirt. make sure your bra doesn't show (or your thong). wear your hair up off of your neck, modest makeup (if any). no pantyhose.



if you are attractive, make your attractiveness subtle. often, you will have women answering the door (which is great - they are likely not afraid of you). old men who answer the door will think you are understated, but attractive enough to listen to.





Jun 3, 2009 11:43 am

stay away from the ballet styles. wear some nice, comfortable flats. it's not about your comfort. if it was about that, i'd be wearing jeans and a polo all week (oh wait, I am).



anyway. take it for what it's worth. a man's opinion.



Jun 3, 2009 3:50 pm
MsBroker:

I wanted to get some input on what you wear while doorknocking.



I've heard various things, especially from the men, from wearing polos to suits, and I'm curious to see what other female brokers are doing. I live in a very warm area, with temps running 90+ right now, so I'm thinking that a suit will probably be a bit warm. I want to look professional, but not be absolutely miserable.



I was thinking maybe a printed skirt and a short sleeve (maybe safari style) jacket might work.



Any input would be greatly appreciated!



Also, if anyone has a suggestion on shoes they've had luck with, I would appreciate it. I bought a pair of aerosole low heel shoes, but they are not as comfortable as I hoped they would be. I don't like most flats, with the exception of ballet and mary jane styles, but I think those may be a little too juvenile.





I wore Black slacks with a button down shirt. I used a hair clip to regulate my temp and to keep my hair off my back and neck. I used "clarks" for shoes. They look okay for prospecting but are comfortable to wear for long hours.



Miss J

Jun 3, 2009 8:21 pm
Moraen:

Pencil skirt, 3/4 sleeve collared shirt. make sure your bra doesn't show (or your thong). wear your hair up off of your neck, modest makeup (if any). no pantyhose.



if you are attractive, make your attractiveness subtle. often, you will have women answering the door (which is great - they are likely not afraid of you). old men who answer the door will think you are understated, but attractive enough to listen to.









Thank you Morean and also Miss Jones. This is tremendously helpful.



I have talked to the two females I know in the region, and they were all about wearing a full suit. I was torn about that because I am still young, I want to look professional, but I also feel like it's a bit much for me to be in a dress suit most of the time. I know it's a confidence issue for me, but I feel like a kid playing dress-up.



Miss Jones, if I could get your opinion on pantyhose, also, I would appreciate it.



I probably will wear exactly the pencil skirt and 3/4 shirt combo. I always keep the makeup toned down to practically zilch, and I always wear glasses to help not look so young.

Jun 3, 2009 9:44 pm

I echo the gist of what Morean said. As a middle-aged man, I like to see a young woman who is attractive, but not flaunting her looks or body. Little or minimal makeup; we don't notice makeup generally, but if your lipstick or eyes are way done up we will not take your seriously. Or else we will just think you are hot and then not take you seriously.
My wife says: Slacks, suit (no jacket if weather is a facotr), no cleavage, maybe even no collarbone. Definitely closed toe shoes.
No skirts, she said. I would agree with that. A woman in a skirt -- I'm sorry, it's a sexual thing for most men and it won't help you. They will be looking at your legs and thinking about that.
You want to present: attractive, competent, cheerful, hard-working. Be the young woman we want our daughters to be. Do that and the retired men will love you.




Jun 3, 2009 11:33 pm

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to ask your wife her thoughts on it.



Jun 4, 2009 1:19 pm

I say HELL NO to pantyhose. I would stick to slacks and a button down shirt. Or a button down short sleave shirt. You need to look professional and not 'too' female. You want people to think Financial Advsior not "oh who is this pretty thing outside my door?"



I would say I am above par in the looks department but didn't this that would be an advantage for door knocking since most door knocks happen during the day and housewives are the ones answering the door.



Be happy, pay attention and follow up with all of your prospects.



Miss J

Jun 4, 2009 3:38 pm

I guess I will be going with no slacks, then. Darnit. I have about 20 skirts hanging in my closet. I figured they would be easier because I wouldn't have to worry about hemming my slacks for low-heeled shoes. But, then again, I won't have to worry about shaving as often, so I guess it's a tradeoff.



Thanks again for all the great advice!

Jun 4, 2009 3:47 pm

Really, you'll be fine in a pencil skirt (provided it goes below your knees). Do men think about that stuff? Sure do? But they'll also notice the fact that you have covered up more leg than you had to.



Also, when are we going to get to see pics of Miss Jones and Ms Broker?

Jun 4, 2009 4:06 pm

I've seen a pic of Miss Jones (her Jones pic at that) and she's correct in her assumption about her looks.  If you can look cute in your Jones pic, then you're probably twice that cute in person.


Morean - the fact that you know how to use the phrase "pencil skirt (provided it goes below your knees)" means you just lost your man-card.  Good news is that, since I've taken away your man card, you can now feel free to cry along with your wife when you rent movies like Marley & Me. 
Jun 4, 2009 4:11 pm
Spaceman Spiff:

I've seen a pic of Miss Jones (her Jones pic at that) and she's correct in her assumption about her looks.  If you can look cute in your Jones pic, then you're probably twice that cute in person.


Morean - the fact that you know how to use the phrase "pencil skirt (provided it goes below your knees)" means you just lost your man-card.  Good news is that, since I've taken away your man card, you can now feel free to cry along with your wife when you rent movies like Marley & Me
 
Cried like a baby!  In the theater no less.  It's like Old Yeller! 
Jun 4, 2009 4:19 pm

Worse.  They give you some hope after he goes to visit the vet the first time, but then the rest of the movie is just a build up to that final visit to the vet's office.  You know it's coming, but yet can't do anything about it.  And to show him actually die in that last vet visit...  Why would you make a movie like that?