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3 Floral Prints Decoded For Business Casual

 
 

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Floral prints are popping up everywhere. Dresses, jackets, skirts, trench coats, handbags socks, ties, and more come in floral.

Yet, which particular floral prints are appropriate for work? Is it the color that matters most? The size? Perhaps the fabric or shape of the floral print is key to it’s professional appropriateness?  In this post Bridget Rae, suggests the silhouette is key to determining wether a floral print is work appropriate or not. A good rule of thumb.

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How To Increase Your Visibilty At Work

Do you deliver results for your organization yet feel like no one really sees you? Did your boss and colleagues regularly acknowledge you in the past, but now you feel overlooked? It may seem like you’re suddenly invisible, which can lower your confidence, and reduce your effectiveness at work.

Here’s the truth.

An attractive image propels you to more professional success.

Good news; having an attractive image does not mean you have to fit a mold. There is no one right way. Your professional style can be unique to you. An attractive image also does not mean you have to be particularly attractive. You simply need to be well groomed and thoughtfully dressed.  Continue Reading →

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How To Wear PANTONE Color Living Coral At Work Powerfully

 

@metrodotstyle is an example of a creative interpretation of PANTONE Living Coral at work. For a more conservative office environment try pairing a similar jacket with black, navy, or dark grey ankle pants, and a neutral shell.

PANTONE Living Coral is vibrant, sociable and empowering. Warm and buoyant.

Yet, it can be a difficult hue for women in leadership who want to convey professionalism and authority in addition to being stylish.

Each year pantone selects a color of the year based on an interpretation of  the collective mood or trend. For 2019, Pantone chose Living Coral. Continue Reading →

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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.

Until I discovered all the ways to lighten up fall work looks. Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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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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