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5 Spring 2017 Cosmopolitan Trends You Can Wear To Work

I love stocking client’s wardrobes with quality basics, then adding statement pieces. From this strong foundation, it’s easy for my clients to look fabulous every season.

At the beginning of each season, I simply add a few key trend pieces to create fresh looks. Trend pieces will typically not be investment quality or carry high price tags since they phase out sooner than classic garments.

But there is an exception.

Are the colors trending during a particular season your colors? Bingo! This is your ultimate opportunity to stock up  on statement blazers, tops, coats, whatever strikes your fancy and works in your strategic wardrobe plans.

Here are five spring  trends I’ve interpreted from Cosmpolitan for women in leadership:

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1. Shoulders -The eighties called, and they want their shoulder pads back, says Cosmopolitan. But first. Calling all inverted triangle body types- which is anyone who is smaller on top than on the bottom. This is your time to shine with fewer alterations, because body balancing shoulder pad enhanced jackets are out there. Continue Reading →

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2017 Pantone Color Of The Year Accurately Represents Our Time

I live aways from the action. Still, I hear motorcycles rev, horns honk, and sirens wail.  A  steady stream of traffic enters the capital. It is the eve of inaugurating of America’s 45th President, Donald Trump, in a country that is divided.

It’s the perfect time to share 2017’s pantone color of the year- greenery

Greenery symbolizes new beginnings, nature and our need to move away from technology more often and connect with nature. Nature is free and not meant to be partisan, so greenery also represents freedom.

According to this Forbes article, greenery also represents our peaking awareness of the environment and minimalism. The sentiment “buy less, choose well, and make it last” plays into this year’s pantone pick. Continue Reading →

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How To Wear Fall’s Dusty Pink And Yellow Trend At Work

At first blush, you may think it would be hard to pull off fall’s dusty pink and yellow trend at work.

But it’s a cinch.

And according to Empower Yourself With The Psycholgy Of Color, yellow stimulates your mental faculties; it activates your left or analytical brain. This color is great choice to wear on a day you have a planning meeting.

Muted colors like dusty rose are more conservative, therefore more acceptable at work than some of the electric color we saw on the runway. Wearing the two together creates a fresh, interesting look your colleagues will either envy or admire. Either way you will be noticed when you wear pink and yellow together:

These colors may read spring to you – fair enough.  The trick is to choose fabrics and clothing items that read fall- like turtlenecks and coats, and fabrics like velvet or wool. Continue Reading →

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17 New Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf to Work This Fall

Silk scarves are everything this season. This is wonderful news for work style.

Why? Because scarves look stylishly elegant at the office.

Convey you are forward thinking by adding a modern twist to scarf tying. Fashion forward prints add edge to your classic look. Conversely, if  you have a more casual look you want to elevate – just add a scarf. Taking an edgier look and adding a scarf creates a  more ‘modern classic’ style.

Wound around your neck once and tied.

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3 Ways To Wear Summer Blouses Professionally In The Heat

It’s too hot for a blazer in the summer. Wearing two pieces is the way go. Although you might have a blazer nearby for indoors, or for important meetings, most of the time your blouse, and bottom is it.

So your blouse has to look polished.

There are many interesting blouse options available beyond the basic button down. Yet you may avoid these options – it’s hard to know how to wear each style.

Luckily chief stylist, Rosanna Vaulmerhausen, of DC Style Factory addressed just that topic at a recent top talk hosted at Betsy Fisher Boutique. I got to attend.

Here are three top tips for women in leadership:

1. Belted White Top – looks powerful and professional without wearing a blazer when you need that extra edge. Add a pointy toe heel to keep the leg line going. Ankle pants balance the the volume of the top. You can find a good top to belt here here, and here.

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3 Elle.com Spring Hair and Makeup Trends Perfect For Desk To Dinner

 

Outdated  hair and makeup is an easy rut to fall into – especially if you’ve been doing them the same way for a while. While you may have a signature look you love, why not switch things up.

Surprise people a little.  Innovate.

Everyday, we have the opportunity to demonstrate through image that we are relevant in today’s rapidly changing business world. Hair and makeup is a low barrier way to appear relevant to what’s trending.

Here are 3 Elle.com hair and makeup trend ideas for women in leadership:

Do The Twist – An easy fix for your hair after a long day at the office, or on the weekend instead of a ponytail. The low riding version is most sophisticated, and I can see this translating to a chic dinner look. Continue Reading →

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6 Spring Closet Clearing Tips I learned From Marie Kondo

No one knows clutter clearing better than bestselling author Marie Kondo. So of course I had to read her book when it came out.

Our closets are sacred spaces that help us prepare for our day. And now is the time of year many of us feel like spring-cleaning them. When you want to make a major change in your life like a new job or a promotion, letting go of garments that are no longer a reflection of you and refreshing the image you present to the world, helps attract what you want.

So to help you on your journey, here are a few tips based on Marie Kondo’s methods:

1. Before you start, visualize your destination – Picture how you want your closet to look. Your life to look. Ask yourself what your personal goals are for the year, for the next five years. This will give you an idea of the types of clothes you require to achieve your goals. And help you prioritize your shopping. Continue Reading →

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5 Stylish AND Comfortable Shoes – POPSUGAR Shoe Trends Review

Shoes! Such a simple way to update your style.

But, one dilemma for those of us on our feet a major portion of the day; finding a stylish yet comfortable shoe. Here are five comfortable work shoe ideas interpreted from POPSUGAR’s spring shoe trend review:

 

Rainbow Hues – A kitten heel like this Monolo pump is comfortable and subdued- an office worthy interpretation of the bold Rainbow Hues trend, particularly if you work in a conservative area like DC.

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How To Wear 2016 Pantone Colors To Work

For the first time Pantone chose two pantone colors of the year – rose quartz and serenity.

Rose quartz is a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure, and  serenity is weightless and airy like the blue sky, evoking feelings of  breathing space and relaxation even in turbulent times.

They also happily remind me of my favorite spring sighting – pink cherry blossoms against a blue sky:

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Rose quartz and serenity  are great choices for enhancing the mood on specific professional occasions.

For example, rose quartz  is a good color to try on a day when you are presenting on a human resource topic. And wearing serenity blue to a meeting regarding upcoming changes might encourage a sense of calm and feelings of space for those changes.

Here are some fabulous rose quartz and serenity blue looks for inspiration:

 

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