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Winter Coat Edit – Flattering Fits For 5 Body Types

 Your winter coat is the shining star of your cool weather wardrobe. People see you in your winter coat everyday as you make your way through your morning routine, to and from the office, and after hours heading in and out of desk-to-dinner functions.

So, on that note, how’s your winter coat?

Not loving? Now is the time to take action! Temperatures are dropping  quickly over the next few weeks. To help you look amazing, here is your guide to winter coat trends suitable for women in leadership,  broken down by body type:

Busty–  if you have “girls” as I like to say – opt for lady-like, super-tailored coats that are nipped in at the waist.

Boyish: If you have a small chest, look for fitted shapes that emphasize a waist and have an exaggerated collar to give added volume up top. This flounce coat does the job.

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4 Smart Hosiery Styles For Work – And Where To Find Them

Now that the weather is cooler, hose is the perfect answer for stylish warmth at work. True, some women wear hose year-round for modesty, even though dress codes no longer require it.

And others simply like perfect looking legs so they wear nude hose year round to work and/or for presentations. 

You know what else? Hose certainly comes to the rescue when you missed a leg wax as well! (Not that this has ever happened to me…just speculating. Really!)

No matter what your reason, here are four smart hose options I like for women in leadership:

Grid Pattern Graphic Tights – This option adds style and edge to any dress or skirt ensemble. Keep the rest of your look classy and clean. to maintain a professional air of authority. You can find similar grid tights here, and a smaller grid option here.

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Marriott Women Lean In, And Should Office-bags Be A Thing?

Me at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, earlier this year.

Here is one of my favorite summer memories, and why it matters to you.

Four Marriott executives hosted the semi-annual Marriott Women’s Leadership Gathering. Women from all leadership levels congregated at one senior executive’s beautiful Chevy Chase home. The women networked, shared stories, ideas, dilemma’s, and leadership experiences.

So awesome I ended up there!

How? I was invited to speak on the topic of “Biz Casual Power Pieces”.

This event was amazing!  It was inspiring to see female camaraderie – the spirit of women helping women succeed- instead of the rivalry that often takes place in large corporations.

Truly inspiring.

And this is why it matters to you:

While bestselling author and leadership expert, Rebecca Shambaugh, presented, and during my presentation, useful, and practical topics arose. Here are four that stand out:

1. Handling networking rejection –  You identify  someone you want to connect with at work. You send a request and don’t get a response, or  you get a response, but no meeting date is set for months. Do they not want to connect with you?

“Don’t let this bother you!”, one Marriott executive suggests. Remember that person could be very busy, just as you are. If your potential new connection says yes to meeting, don’t worry if it doesn’t happen for three or six months. Continue Reading →

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5 White-Hot Summer Work Wardrobe Favorites

 
 

It’s not too late. Still want to invest in a couple great summer work pieces, but don’t know where to start?

Start with white.

White quintessentially spells summer, and is entirely on point for Summer 2015. If you are out to invest in simply one piece or two – try one of these five white summer work wardrobe favorites:

Crisp White Short Sleeved Shirt – Also those sandals; they are amazing! But I digress – back to the shirt. You  can tuck your short sleeved white shirt into any pencil skirt, midi skirt, and all your work pants. A crisp white shirt can also dress up your jeans on casual Friday, and even shorts on the weekend.

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Top 10 Desk-To Dinner Work Wardrobe Essentials

Are you simply starting out with your work wardrobe? Or, perhaps you just want a fresh start. The following pieces are the perfect base for business casual office environments.

Since, as a woman in leadership, work-life balance and networking are important components of your successful career, I have assembled this list of ten pieces to take you  through your workweek, to casual Friday, and to evening social events:

1-2. Power Suit– Invest in the best black power suit you can find.If you are wondering about the fit of the pants, here is a helpful guide for how tight your pants can be at work,

Wear the blazer and pants together for interviews, important meetings, and anytime you need a suit look. This is the best starting point.

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