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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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How Sen. Dianne Feinstein Rocked Seersucker on #ComeyDay

Senator Dianne Feinstein in seersucker hijacked my eyes.

I was watching former FBI director James Comey’s hearing on Thursday, while doing computer work, when Sen. Feinstein popped up onscreen and began her line of questioning.

In seersucker.

Extra points for pairing with a chunky pale peach beaded necklace – a modern take on classic pearls.

The democratic senator from California looked polished, yet unique compared to the myriad of dark suits in the room. Sen. Feinstein’s look read ‘appropriate yet different’. My brain woke up. Continue Reading →

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Are Open Toe Shoes Appropriate For Work In The Summer?

Are open toe shoes appropriate for work in the summer?

Each office is different, but if you work in DC your office is likely conservative.

Local DC author and style expert, Lauren Rothmanshared her rule of thumb at a recent work style seminar I attended at Betsy Fisheras long as one end of your shoe is closed (either the front or the back) the shoe is office appropriate.

So, an open toe slingback is not appropriate. But a closed toe slingback or an open toe pump is:

 

Closed back and open toe = work appropriate : Try pairing an ankle strap shoe like this with A-line dresses, pencil skirts, and culottes. Continue Reading →

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POPSugar’s 5 Best Corporate Holiday Party Looks For Leaders

 

What are you wearing to your corporate holiday party? Luckily POPSugar rounded up 31 amazing looks for office holiday parties! I analyzed them, and here are my favorite five for women in leadership.

 These holiday party looks are classic with a twist to keep you looking stylish while feeling powerful and confident:

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1. Bold Black and White- Always classy and powerful, you can never go wrong with black and white. The Valentino Rockstud pumps and Stella McCartney mini tote create subtle holiday party glam.

 

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2. Trouser Jeans And High-Neck Top-  For a smart casual party, this formula spells class and style. What makes this look work? The updated ankle length of the trouser jean, the elevated black blouse, and the festive gold ankle strap heels.

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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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6 Tips To Transition From Tights To Bare Legs At Work

 

The calendar says spring has officially arrived.

But spring weather is fickle.

You never know how the weather will turn from the time you leave the house in the morning to the time you head home. The day could start out warm and end up cold, windy, and rainy.

Even snowy.

So when is it appropriate to stop wearing tights to work?

Here are five tips on transitioning from tights to bare legs for women in leadership:

1.  The 50 Degree Rule – New York based Glamour editor Sophia Chabbott has one simple rule that once the mercury dips below 50 degrees, the tights come on. When it surpasses 50- the tights come off. source Continue Reading →

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Looser Dress Codes Tighter Pants

“Are these pants too tight?” That is what my client- a millennial woman in leadership- asked me the other day.

We were working on her closet. She was trying on a pair of fitted ankle pants she loved to wear.  Her conservative company is forward thinking. They are embracing millennial ideas into their historically conservative company, in order to connect with younger consumers.

It got me thinking.

One important thing for millennials is style, and self expression through style. But what are the new professional boundaries? How tight can your pants be and still be  acceptable at work for a woman in leadership?

I looked into it:

In Corporette‘s blog post The Perfect Pants Fit, Kat suggests being able to pinch at least an inch of fabric at your thigh.  For that reason, Kat also believes skinny jeans are not appropriate for the office. Corporette is a style blog and forum largely for lawyers, so their offices are typically ultra conservative.

 

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What Not to Wear To The Corporate Gym

 

 

When you are a woman in leadership, many responsibilities are competing for your attention. It’s hard to find time for exercise. Luckily, some companies have facilities on site, which cuts down on traveling time at least. When using the corporate gym however, you may run into colleagues, employees, and superiors. To help you maintain a professional image here are five things to avoid when using the corporate gym:

Worn Out Sneakers – Footwear in bad condition sends the wrong message, and is bad for your body anyway. Try to replace your shoes every 500 miles. That is about every 6-9 months. Source

Unsupportive Bras – Not only is this uncomfortable, but it looks unprofessional. A good rule of thumb is to replace sports bras every 6-9 months as well. source

Loud Ear Gear – 
Listening to your favorite music is a great way to stay motivated at the gym; however, overly loud headphones limit awareness of your surroundings. For example, if you are sitting on a piece of equipment someone’s been waiting for, you’ll want to somehow have a clue in order to maintain a professional image. source Continue Reading →

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