5 Polished Style Trends – Led By The Queen And Anna Wintour

When the Queens of two worlds get together – England and Fashion – a style-off is inevitable. The Queen of England’s surprise visit to London Fashion Week’s British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show on Tuesday, lit up the crowd and their phones. The internet lit up too, with style and image talk.

From what the pair wore, to the etiquette implications of Wintour not removing her sunglasses when meeting the 91-year-old monarch, it’s all on the table for discussion. Gifs, memes, and possible fridge magnets are forecasted too; images of the two women who do inscrutable like no other, both staring unsmiling straight into the camera. Continue Reading →

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Nancy Pelosi’s Stilettos And 13 More Comfortable Work Pumps

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 07: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Recently, a client asked me to discuss comfortable yet stylish shoes for work. As I contemplated the fine line between style and comfort, and the highest pair of heels a woman can stand in all day, Nancy Pelosi gave her fillibuster style speech advocating for Dreamers in four inch heels. Pelosi’s speech lasted over eight hours, assuring us that , with enough grit, you can indeed stand in heels all day at work.

Anyone who wears high heels regularly knows that it is more painful to stand in heels for long periods of time than it is to walk in them. People on social media drove drove the narrative that it was a feminist statement – that a 77 year-old women standing in stilettos for over eight hours is nothing short of inspiring, and urged Nancy on with #GoNancyGo.

Still, one of the biggest fashion conundrums working women face daily is finding a stylish pair of work pumps that won’t leave them in total pain after a long day. Raise your hand if you’ve been there. Continue Reading →

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31 Ways To Wear Pantone Color Ultra Violet At Work

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Being current sends it own powerful message. For that reason, incorporating Pantone Institute’s  2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet, into your work wear lineup can prove good business.

In my last post, I explored the professional power of purple, and options to apply purple in specific business situations.

I mentioned the easiest way to wear ultra violet professionally and avoid appearing gauche is with accents: a jewel toned tote, shoe, or scarf, and that lavender is generally a safer shade than purple in business. If you know your audience, however, the jewel tone can create incredible presence.

For inspiration here are 31 ideas for wearing Ultra Violet at work:

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Is Pantone Color Ultra Violet A Power Color At Work?

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Pantone Institute chose Ultra Violet for 2018 color of the year.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, women in leadership may feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. source

Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum. Ultraviolet is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.

Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Nonconformists such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimmy Hendrix wore purple. Continue Reading →

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4 Modern Classic Updates – One Fresh Look

Here are four modern classics to freshen your wardrobe.  These elevated items can be worn together for business casual or an elevated casual Friday look, depending on your office environment.

Pair a crisp blouse with a stripe detail pant. For extra style, add a pair of choked up pumps. Top the look with a lightweight cocoon coat. These four items will work in place of classics you already own. The outcome: you update your style without sacrificing functionality.

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5 No Fail Office Holiday Party Style Ideas

Office holiday parties pose a tremendous opportunity to amp up your style and share goodwill. Office parties are a low-key chance to discover new collaborators too.

But what to wear to your office holiday party can be tricky. You don’t want to come across as a bore to colleagues and clients but you don’t want to appear over the top either.

Here are five not so basic, yet elegant ideas for switching it up while looking festive and polished this season.

Velvet Crush

If you have been anywhere near a store, you cannot miss the fashion world universally crushing on velvet. That makes velvet a stylish option for holiday cocktail attire. Full-length gown versions  create a luxurious holiday formal look.

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My Minimalist Inspired Tiny Washington, DC Closet Clear

Oh my! Us stylists can have closet issues too.

Below is my closet before. Quite the mess. This year, I spent so much of my free time helping clients with their wardrobes that I had little time left for my own.

One thing about living in Washington, DC – generally, closet space is minimal. To add to the clutter problem, my closets doubled as storage space too. Continue Reading →

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The One Question To Ask Yourself Before You Shop For Work This Fall

     “Where are you going? ”

 That is the most important question to ask yourself before you shop this fall. Before you shop anytime, really.

Once you have a clear idea where you are going with your life’s work, you can make educated decisions about what wardrobe items to invest in this season.

Let’s say your goal is to head up your department within a year, and secure a seat on the board in five years. You have a choice between purchasing two moderately priced trendy new blazers, or one modern, statement investment piece. It will be easy to consider that a quality statement piece will increase your confidence in key meetings along the way, and help you stand out from others vying for the same position. Continue Reading →

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The List – 7 Key Pieces No Fall Wardrobe Can Live Without

Now let’s add a few miles to your fall style . We’ll dial up your confidence too, by updating your existing professional basics without appearing over the top or that you are trying too hard with seven key add ons:

THE BLOUSE – Add a blouse with interesting architecture or detail. Bell sleeves or lace will do, and pussy bows are the cats meow. Your blouse can be layered, but it can stand on it’s own nicely too when tucked into a simple midi-pencil skirt,  or wide leg pants if you are a risk taker.

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