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.

Jacqueline ruffled stretch cotton-blend blouse by Caroline Constas $395 Net-a-Porter

Great sale blouse here  and click here to Shop The Blouse Trend 

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How to Update Your Wardrobe With Fall’s Top 10 Pantone Colors

With the new season, a change of style pace is inevitable.  Of course, you can shop for a whole new look, or you can simply dive into your existing wardrobe to achieve your fall vibes.

Either way, wearing a few key seasonal items makes all the difference.

Your fall vibe creates the difference between feeling ready to tackle power meetings, and networking opportunities (even ones with colleagues), and feeling out of step because you are not feeling comfortable with your choice of attire.

An easy place to start updating your image is to determine what colors are being shown for the season.

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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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