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How To Choose Your Best Colors

Since delivering my Color Talk at Betsy Fisher Boutique in February, I’ve received several inquiries about discovering your own best colors. This post is inspired by those questions.

First, why color? Color can be hard to work with, and when you’re an incredibly busy woman in leadership, it can seem easier to stick to safe neutrals.

Color enhances your beauty organically. While the wrong colors can make you look ill, your best colors make you look younger –  they give you a glow, reduce the defects on your face, and make you look healthy and vibrant. Continue Reading →

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5 Polished Style Trends – Led By The Queen And Anna Wintour

When the Queens of two worlds get together – England and Fashion – a style-off is inevitable. The Queen of England’s surprise visit to London Fashion Week’s British designer Richard Quinn’s runway show on Tuesday, lit up the crowd and their phones. The internet lit up too, with style and image talk.

From what the pair wore, to the etiquette implications of Wintour not removing her sunglasses when meeting the 91-year-old monarch, it’s all on the table for discussion. Gifs, memes, and possible fridge magnets are forecasted too; images of the two women who do inscrutable like no other, both staring unsmiling straight into the camera. Continue Reading →

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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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31 Ways To Wear Pantone Color Ultra Violet At Work

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Being current sends it own powerful message. For that reason, incorporating Pantone Institute’s  2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet, into your work wear lineup can prove good business.

In my last post, I explored the professional power of purple, and options to apply purple in specific business situations.

I mentioned the easiest way to wear ultra violet professionally and avoid appearing gauche is with accents: a jewel toned tote, shoe, or scarf, and that lavender is generally a safer shade than purple in business. If you know your audience, however, the jewel tone can create incredible presence.

For inspiration here are 31 ideas for wearing Ultra Violet at work:

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Is Pantone Color Ultra Violet A Power Color At Work?

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Pantone Institute chose Ultra Violet for 2018 color of the year.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, women in leadership may feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. source

Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum. Ultraviolet is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.

Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Nonconformists such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimmy Hendrix wore purple. Continue Reading →

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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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Flattering Coats For Your Shape

As the mercury drops, your winter coat is your single most viewed wardrobe item. If your coat doesn’t fit your shape, you tend to look frumpy instead of polished as you move in and out of the office, and to and from business engagements.

In the interest of creating a fabulous sartorial experience for all – I found flattering coats for every shape.

Click on any coat to discover more, or use these tips as a guide when you search for the perfect winter coat.

Boyish:

If you have a narrow  frame, a long tailored jacket will flatter you. Belt your coat to create additional curves. Use the belt the coat comes with, or try adding your own for professional sartorial flair.

Look for military inspired detailing such as epaulettes, a double row of buttons, or peplum to enhance to add drama and curves:

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Why The Internet Loved Hillary Clinton’s White Final Presidential Debate Outfit

Hillary Clinton showed up to the final presidential debate in white. In October?

Clearly, Clinton read the trend.  

Each fall we revisit the question, “should you wear white after labor day.” Each year the answer is a little grayer. Whiter, actually.

This year – Hillary Clinton broadcasted a resounding yes to white after labor day with her debate look by Ralph Lauren. You can easily adopt the white trend at work too, as I demonstrate in this post. Still, while Hillary Clinton interpreted the trend, she stuck to her signature style – the famous pantsuit. This kept her message congruent. 

Was it a risky move? Yes.

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Was it bold? Absolutely. And the internet loved it, according to this Fortune article. Continue Reading →

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5 Signature Style Hacks From Hillary Clinton’s Iconic Style

According to Harper’s Bazaar, Hillary Clinton’s style is iconic.

How did iconic happen?

This developement proves the importance of having a signature style. I compare Hillary Clinton to advice in a recent book I read, The Power Of Style by Bobbie Thomas:

1. Style is about communication. And Kristina Shake, an accomplished communications professional, is part of Hillary Clinton’s team of image experts, according to The New York Times. For the first presidential debate on September 26th, Hillary donned her famous pantsuit uniform. In bold red, Clinton communicated excitement and power.  In red, Hillary Clinton commanded attention on the debate stage. Continue Reading →

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How This One Outfit Created A Surprising Opportunity To Lean In

I want to share this inspiring moment with you. My customer Christy had a number of prominent tech industry events in San Franscico. We styled looks for each event she was hosting, as well as new client interviews, and presentations. One of the dresses we chose for Christy was this beautiful Akris piece:

 

Right away when Christy donned this dress, I knew it was a dress for her.  Why? Because Christy stood taller. Christy is a confident woman, but when she put this dress on – Christy owned it!   Continue Reading →

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