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5 Ways To Wear White Powerfully In The Fall

 

Source Vanity Fair

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.

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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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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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8 Ways For Busy Executive Moms To Stay Stylish Not Frumpy

I have noticed my executive clients who have families sometimes let their own needs, such as beauty and wardrobe updates, take a backseat as they accomplish at work and at home.

Does this sound familiar to you?

As you work hard and do a great job juggling family, work, and extra responsibilities – team building, networking, and travel might chip away at your time, and energy too. Then, as your children grow up, getting the kids off to college, and assisting aging parents are often added to the mix. It’s easy to see how one day, you might look at yourself, and your closet, and feel utterly dissatisfied with what you see. What happened to the polished powerful woman?

If this describes you, don’t despair – you are going to be fabulous again in no time.  Here are eight easy instant fixes to jump start your style: Continue Reading →

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How To Wear The Pink Trend As A Weapon At Work

      Pink is the color of the moment. Not only is pink the season’s hottest color – you can wear pink purposefully  as a tool to gain an edge in your career.

According to color psychology, the color pink is a positive color, inspiring warm, comforting feelings. You may have heard of the study done on children under detention at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California. When the department painted their detention cell bubblegum pink, the children tended to relax, and stop yelling and banging.

The San Bernardino result is entirely transferable to career.

Wear pink any day of the week, but especially on a day you might find yourself in a tense situation, such as human resources meeting over a delicate or highly charged subject.  Lighter pink hues signify passivity, lightness, and tranquility. 

Deeper pink hues exhibit more passion and energy.

Hot pink, is a fantastic choice when you have a strong message to deliver, or when you are the center of attention- for example, when you are presenting. Hot pink is a motivating color that inspires hope and joy.

If hot pink is not a good color for you – you can still participate in pink-ocolypse this season. Simply choose a different shade. Try  coral, fuschia, blush, or rose, and you are good to go.

You can opt for head to toe pink, or else try pops of pink in a jacket, or an accessory such as a clutch to liven up lunch runs. However you choose to wear the hue, you will inspire feelings 0f hope and joy in others.

Not bad for what appears to be just a fad, at first blush!

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