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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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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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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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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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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.

Here are five necklace trends to use as inspiration when accessorizing for work: Continue Reading →

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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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