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10 Fall 2016 Color Trends You Need To Know About

How was your summer? Mine was action packed, including a move to DC. I am excited to share all the fun I have planned for fall, including an ebook (coming soon) to help you project the very best version of you to the world and in the boardroom.

Now about this thing called Fall. Adding a piece or two in fall’s pantone colors instantly awakens your work wardrobe.  You are well on your way to loving the upcoming season.

The Fall 2016 Pantone Color palette is led by blue – and the desire for tranquiliy, strength, and optimism. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us and anchoring earth tones dotted with exuberant pops of vibrant color add an element of surprise to fall fashion.

Here are my top ten fall pantone colors for women in leadership:

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3 Must Have Instant Summer Work Style Updates

As evidenced by the beautiful weather this past week, things are heating up in DC! It’s hard to believe it’s nearly June 20, the first day of summer. The challenge – how to stay cool, stylish and professional.

So, I put my personal stylist hat on for you.

Here are three key summer wardrobe updates sure to mix in easily with the garments currently in your closet:

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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:

 

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3 Amazingly Versatile Little White Work Dresses

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone”, says Robert Allen.

These are words to live by. So I’ve made some changes.

But it’s only been a week, and I already miss styling at Nordstrom Tysons Corner! I’m missing all the cool: the people, the products, the service.  And the customers were the highlight- so much fun to play with!

Then the aha moment came.

I can be part of the Nordstrom family here too.  So, please come into my dressing room.

Let’s talk about little white dresses.

Because everyone needs a little white dress for summer! You can take yours to work, weekend, and even on vacation. So many possibilities! Here are three I love:

 

1. Fit And Flare –  This Theory dress can easily be worn to the office with a blazer, or with a  jean jacket for casual Friday and weekend.

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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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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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Elle Trend Review: 7 Spring Trends That Work For Work

Spring! It promises a fresh start, fresh flowers, and warmer days. How exciting!

Another great thing about spring- fresh fashion. So many trends, but which of them work for your professional wardrobe and enhance your personal image? I reviewed Elle.com’s Comprehensive Guide To Spring Fashion and narrowed down these seven ideas for women in leadership:

 

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1. Blown-Out-Plaid – Try wearing this oversized gingham print in a shirt, dress or a skirt.

Tip: Place pattern on the body part you want to emphasize. For example; if your shoulders are smaller than your hips, wearing a top in a pattern like this will visually balance your body.

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5 Chanel Spring 2016 Runway -To -Work Look Inspirations

 

 Leonardo Da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Chanel is absolutely legendary for its simplicity. Chanel creates the perfect classic base to add a modern twist, such as a statement necklace with a little edge. This week I reviewed Chanel’s ready-to-wear runway show, and picked five favorites for inspiration.

What do I love about these looks?

The possibilities they present.

The suits can be broken out into a myriad of options for both casual and dressy occassions, and move effortlessly from desk-to-dinner for busy women in leadership. The skirts can be paired  a solid color blazer, v-neck sweater, tee shirt, or crisp white shirt. The jackets are gorgeous completer pieces for jeans, slacks, skirts, shorts (smart casual) and capri looks:

 

 

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