19 Best Polished Office Holiday Party Style Ideas

 

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We know office holiday parties occur every year. Yet for many of us, holiday parties creep up on the schedule. Every time.

We scramble for what to wear.

Many of us already own what we need to create fabulous office holiday party outfits. We simply require a little inspiration as a starting point, and maybe one new addition to uptick our festive style to stunning status. Others need to find the full look.

Whatever your starting point, discover ideas for conservative to creative office holiday gatherings, as well as office cocktail parties right here.

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5 Ways To Wear White Powerfully In The Fall

 

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Garment colors have the power to set a mood in both the viewer and wearer. I hear it time and again – fall colors are dark and depressing.

I used to feel that way during my first years as a stylist at Nordstrom. Accustomed to the uplifting mood of vibrant  colors associated with the brighter seasons, fall fashions arrived in store and rudely rained on my parade every year. Those gorgeous yet deeper shades conjured a more somber mood than I was ready to embrace for the next six months.

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5 High Heel Hacks To Stay Comfortable Yet Polished At Work

 

Stilettos are power in business. While you may not choose to wear four inch heels, it’s hard not to pull out some form of high heels when you want to look especially polished.

Besides the unmistakable confidence heels provide, heels give you a taller image and slimmer physique. Appearing taller and slimmer, regardless of  your size or weight, can instantly make you look and feel more professional and powerful.

Controversially, in light of the #MeToo movement and it being “Year of the Women” with a record-breaking two hundred and fifty-five women running for office and one hundred and twenty women (and counting) elected according to The LA Times, it is worth pausing to note that according to Psychology Today, “in a business setting, you may get the agreement of more of the men in the room with high heels on. However, it is important to realize that the persuasive effect of high heels does seem to be connected to their sex appeal.” Continue Reading →

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7 Best Fall Fashion Trends For Women In Leadership

 

The weather continues to feel more summer than fall – yet it is definitely time to update your wardrobe for the season.

Although it’s important to stay true to your personal style, sticking to cuts and colors that work best for you rather than blindly following trends, it is also true that an updated touch goes a long way in influencing people’s perception of you. A little style detail can take your image from frumpy to fabulous, or from boring classic, to classic with a memorable edge. These little details say, “I have my pulse on the status quo”.

And if you are in a career rut –  a complete style transformation will launch you out of it quicker than any other remedy.

Really.

The moral of the story; definitely add a couple seasonal pieces. Or tweak the way you wear what you already own to create fresh combinations.

Easy right.

Yes, in theory, but not all runway trends translate well to the office. Here are seven runway trends interpreted for women in leadership:

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1. Classic Saville Row- Fabrics like herringbone, glen plaid, and houndstooth are everywhere, in every style permutation conceivable this fall. The Saville Row trend translates perfectly for work. From suiting to jackets, pants, skirts, dresses and even fall coats, you likely have a piece hanging in your closet already – I know I do, and it’s the perfect opportunity to style it up for work.

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The McClean Color Report: Pantone’s Top 10 Fall 2018 Colors At Work

Notice the brighter spring-like hues for fall this year?  Pantone’s top ten fall fashion colors reflect our global psyche by including nontraditional fall color choices such as lavender and light yellow which transcend the seasons and are gender neutral:

In the universal spirit of transcendance, American women have signed up in surprising numbers to run for offices at every level of government in every corner of the country for November’s midterm elections, according to The Story Exchange. “Just by being there (women) start to challenge our expectations of who can and should run for office,” says, Dr. Dittmar in this New York Times article. “And in the ways that they’re running for office this year, women are also challenging the prevailing rules of the game that have long been associated with an advantage for men and masculinity.”

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My 11 Piece Capsule Work Wardrobe I Wore All Summer

I‘m intrigued with the idea of minimalism. When it comes to my closet that means pairing down to the essentials.

Since running Ambitious Attire from my home office full time, the tendency is to get right to work in the easiest outfit, typically athleisure wear (full disclosure!), and my productivity suffers when changing gears to dress for clients and other business appointments.

It’s not just me either. More women are requesting my help with their work-from-home wardrobes. According to the New York Times, about 43 percent of the U.S. workforce performed some work remotely in 2016. As the lines blur between work and home life, wardrobe management becomes a critical aspect of that lifestyle.

How important?

Take political candidate Cynthia Nixon, the Sex In The City actress known as Miranda Hobbes. Nixon tells Elle Magazine in this month’s issue that there are only two things she’s regretted about being public with her personal life since running for New York Governor, and one is wishing she’d picked out what she was going to wear a little more carefully before leaving the house.

A capsule wardrobe is a great solution to dress for your work life with minimal time and effort. I tried a capsule wardrobe on myself this summer, and here’s a simple formula to create a simple work capsule for yourself.

First, here is the summer capsule work wardrobe I came up with:

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3 Polished Spring 2018 Accessory Trends For Women Leaders

Building confidence is a lifelong task, and there are many ways you can increase your confidence on a daily basis. One way to increase your confidence is to wear a fabulous accessory – it will inform everything you do that day. But, of course, that accessory has to be professionally appropriate.

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The Camel Blazer Trend Interpreted For Women Leaders

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A few people wondered where to get a camel blazer like this one I posted on Instagram. I’ve rounded up a few options for you, and posted them here.

Since the weather is warming, wearing a blazer with a sweater is the perfect elevated transitional weekend look. Paired with a more streamlined sweater, or long-sleeved top, the camel blazer can be a fantastic casual Friday option too.

xo,

Jamie

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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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