5 Style Magazine Approved Ways To Wear White This Fall

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Golden leaves fall steadily. There is a Hornbeam tree above me, and its little leaves decorate my silver patio table along Georgetown waterfront.

It’s mid-september, and plenty of passersby are wearing white.

White for 2017 is a big trend in both fashion and interior design, pointing to a desire for simplicity and minimalism in our chaotic, uncertain world. And you can absolutely continue wearing your favorite white fashions during the cooler months.

Here are five ways for women in leadership to take white into fall:

1. Add a vibrant color top to white trousers– Take it from Vogue – all white everything can get boring. So add a vibrant color blouse to a pair of crisp white pants at the office. Or try a fall hued statement blazer paired with your crisp white trousers. Continue Reading →

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3 Style Hacks To Wear Your High Waist Pants From Work To Weekend

High waist pants hide love handles, belly fat, and front flab. Tops tuck properly into high waist pants. Best of all – no muffin top.

No wonder the high waist pant is on the rise.

And although high waist pants have been on the style scene for a number of years, this year they’ve even gained acceptance inside the office. So when Ambitious reader Bev submitted a high waist jean question recently, I began thinking about high waist pants in general.

Many of my clients and customers wonder how to make high waist pants work for them. Here are a few hacks to look like a style hit, not a style miss: Continue Reading →

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21 Hardest Working Anniversary Sale Finds I Vetted For Your Closet

It’s all about the dress. Finding that perfectly hued dress for your next presentation, wether in a courtroom, boardroom, on-stage, or on camera – the search is an ongoing one for women in leadership in the DMV.

A great dress can take you after hours to networking events, and dinner plans too.

So I focused on dresses (especially with sleeves) as I shopped for my clients at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale the past two weeks.

Below, I also  thought of your day to night kit, so you’ll see a pair of fun heels for that, and a cold shoulder dress too.  And if you click through to see all the options, I discovered beautiful monogrammed luggage tag, and passport set to add a little juice to  your business travel. I’m seeing your initials on them, keeping you in sophisticated company as you navigate security and customs.

The key question I asked as I picked these top 21 items, and anytime I build a client’s wardrobe is, “Will this piece work hard in your closet across at least 5 outfits, and can it be worn multiple ways?” Continue Reading →

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How To Buy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Style You Won’t Regret

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uring Nordstrom Anniversary Sale one year, my favorite slogan was: “You’ll only regret the things you didn’t buy”. It’s true.

Later, I laughed as the returns piled in post-sale.

Buy now- decide later, is the stress-free route to take. Nordstrom has a non-expiring return policy, so you’re covered. 

Another reason to love Nordstrom. 

In addition to the fun, festive atmosphere of shopping for new fall fashion in the middle of July, (thank God for air conditioning, and what a great excuse to escape the heat) I love Anniversary as a tool to help my clients invest in quality wardrobe basics for fall, and perhaps add a special designer find or two at amazing prices. Continue Reading →

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5 Necklace Trends You Need To Wear To Work Right Now

 

Vogue’s photo of bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy wearing a pendant necklace.

Inspiration for this post came from Ambitious reader,Tara. Tara asked about stylish accessories to dress up her outfits at work. 

Necklaces are one great way to improve your look in the office.

Necklaces add a unique twist to your office basics, differentiating yours from the similar basics your female colleagues (likely) also own.

And if you are a fan of capsule wardrobe dressing, accessories set your look apart from others, and extend your wardrobe. For example, a simple dress accessorized three ways will create three completely different looks.

So what type of accessories should you choose for work?

Otherworldly anything is on trend right now. I encourage you to start by diving into your jewelry stash for any global items you purchased abroad. One might be just the right unique finishing touch to your look.

In this month’s Vogue article “Indian Summer”, bestselling Delhi-based author, Arudhati Roy (pictured above) has a wonderful spin on style. Roy says” I run away from tradition, I run away from modernity, and then – you find your own space.”

I love this approach to jewelry in the office. Relax, and look for what appeals to you to find your jewelry voice.

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8 Ways For Busy Executive Moms To Stay Stylish Not Frumpy

I have noticed my executive clients who have families sometimes let their own needs, such as beauty and wardrobe updates, take a backseat as they accomplish at work and at home.

Does this sound familiar to you?

As you work hard and do a great job juggling family, work, and extra responsibilities – team building, networking, and travel might chip away at your time, and energy too. Then, as your children grow up, getting the kids off to college, and assisting aging parents are often added to the mix. It’s easy to see how one day, you might look at yourself, and your closet, and feel utterly dissatisfied with what you see. What happened to the polished powerful woman?

If this describes you, don’t despair – you are going to be fabulous again in no time.  Here are eight easy instant fixes to jump start your style: Continue Reading →

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How To Wear The Pink Trend As A Weapon At Work

      Pink is the color of the moment. Not only is pink the season’s hottest color – you can wear pink purposefully  as a tool to gain an edge in your career.

According to color psychology, the color pink is a positive color, inspiring warm, comforting feelings. You may have heard of the study done on children under detention at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California. When the department painted their detention cell bubblegum pink, the children tended to relax, and stop yelling and banging.

The San Bernardino result is entirely transferable to career.

Wear pink any day of the week, but especially on a day you might find yourself in a tense situation, such as human resources meeting over a delicate or highly charged subject.  Lighter pink hues signify passivity, lightness, and tranquility. 

Deeper pink hues exhibit more passion and energy.

Hot pink, is a fantastic choice when you have a strong message to deliver, or when you are the center of attention- for example, when you are presenting. Hot pink is a motivating color that inspires hope and joy.

If hot pink is not a good color for you – you can still participate in pink-ocolypse this season. Simply choose a different shade. Try  coral, fuschia, blush, or rose, and you are good to go.

You can opt for head to toe pink, or else try pops of pink in a jacket, or an accessory such as a clutch to liven up lunch runs. However you choose to wear the hue, you will inspire feelings 0f hope and joy in others.

Not bad for what appears to be just a fad, at first blush!

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11 Ways To Look Fabulous In A Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirts look amazing, both stylsih and ladylike, when worn well. Yet, it can be difficult to know how to wear a pleated skirt and, let’s face it, not look bulky through the hips.

The truth is, most body types can wear a pleated skirt, with the exception of triangle body types (a.k.a. pear shaped). Triangle body types, try to avoid pleated skirts because pleats add volume to your lower half.

Hourglass body types, you look best in fitted shapes, so pleated skirts aren’t the go-to shape for you. If you are an hourglass body type and really love pleated skirts, try one of the options below that do not include a jacket. This will keep your look streamlined.

A pleated skirt can be worn equally well with or without a jacket since the skirt stands on its own. However, adding a jacket polishes your look while camouflaging any extra around your tummy.  For example, a pleated skirt and fitted short blazer work well for round body types – it gives you the illusion of curves through the middle.

1. With a short blazer – If you opt for a crew neckline like Mary Orton does here,  try wearing a long necklace – it  elongates your look.

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Guide: 3 Instant Spring Updates

What a wild ride Mother nature threw at us this year. From 80 degree weather in February, to a blizzard in March,  and regular temperature swings of up to 30 degrees daily. As we head into April,  I am hoping for more consistently warm weather. Can’t wait to pack up those winter sweaters, ditch the opaque tights once and for all, and start baring a little (work appropriate amount of!) skin.

Of course, with spring comes taking stock of our wardrobes, and adding a few staples- my favorite part of course! Nothing bolsters a week of business travel, or a day of critical meetings better than key updates- they make us feel less frumpy, and more fabulous instantly.

Here are three easy updates to take charge of your spring work wardrobe like a boss: Continue Reading →

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Sea Of Pink: 3 Signature Style Lessons From The Women’s March

I am happily swamped with work and clients this month, and I am grateful to have still made time for a brief, much needed, weekend retreat in Pennsylvania. I feel rejuvenated, ready for what spring has in store.

Speaking of March.

Remember the Women’s March? Wow! Not simply “wow” because of the Women’s March massive worldwide turnout – but because of it’s, perhaps accidental, branding with pink pussyhats. What a great example of the power of style to brand a message.

Here are 3 lessons that can be applied to personal style branding that I took away from the women’s march:

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1) Pick an appropriate symbol – Since pink is the ultimate feminine color, it was a perfect choice for the women’s march. Pink represents caring, compassion and love. By wearing pink hats, the women’s march instantly created a brand that stood for those qualities. 

Chose a symbol for your personal style congruent with your message. Think of how you want others to think and feel in your presence.  For example, If your goal is to be seen as more credible, wear a watch. Even though we have clocks on our phones, a watch adds that extra detail of style and credibility Continue Reading →

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