Daneen Skube

Pencil skirts are not career essential

Q. I have been thinking about how to dress for success at work as a woman. The problem is I'm middle aged and about 170 pounds. I cannot wear the really tailored, sharp-looking pencil skirts and snug business jackets. My career is wonderful but leaves little time for exercise. Can I dress for success without being 125 pounds?

A. Yes. Consider this quote on Pinterest: "Mother Teresa didn't worry about her thighs. She had stuff to do!"

I'd like to note that I would never get a letter like this from a male reader. Only women would worry that the lack of a perfect body holds them back from an amazing career.

For reassurance, do an Internet search on photos of...