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4 Smart Hosiery Styles For Work – And Where To Find Them

Now that the weather is cooler, hose is the perfect answer for stylish warmth at work. True, some women wear hose year-round for modesty, even though dress codes no longer require it.

And others simply like perfect looking legs so they wear nude hose year round to work and/or for presentations. 

You know what else? Hose certainly comes to the rescue when you missed a leg wax as well! (Not that this has ever happened to me…just speculating. Really!)

No matter what your reason, here are four smart hose options I like for women in leadership:

Grid Pattern Graphic Tights – This option adds style and edge to any dress or skirt ensemble. Keep the rest of your look classy and clean. to maintain a professional air of authority. You can find similar grid tights here, and a smaller grid option here.

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One Marriott VP’s Secret To Staying Professional: Her Office-bag

 

VP Roz Winegrad in the dining room of her Bethesda home, showing us her new office-bag

Roz Winegrad decided she’d had enough of schlepping. That’s how the office-bag was born.

First, let me share this with you:

Roz negotiated her way at  Marriott from Manager in Training and Assistant Food Production Manager in 1985, to the senior executive suite. Truly ambitious when you work for the world’s largest Fortune 500 hotel chain, don’t you think?

Today, as Marriott International’s VP Owner and Franchise Services, Initiatives, Communication and Business Support, Roz Winegrad needs to maintain a professional, organized image while moving from meeting to meeting throughout her day.

That’s where the office-bag comes in.

Because let’s face it – women’s wear (work or play) does not have as many usable pockets as men’s wear. 

I caught  up with Roz to get the low-down on her new office-bag:

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3 Fall 2015 Accessory Trends You Can Wear To Work Today

What is the most important thing you can do to create your signature style? Accessorize!

Accessories can also change your  look from day to day, and easily wake up a tired look. Here are my three favorite work worthy accessory options from Elle’s Complete Fall Trend Guide:

 

1. Stacked Kitten Heels – What is so great about this trend? The stylish yet comfortable factor. Why not wear stacked kitten heels instead of flats and update your office style.

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3 Fall 2015 Trends To Wear To Work Now

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elcome back! How was your summer? I’m grateful for the  rejuvenating time I spent soaking in the beauty of Cape Cod with friends and family.  I also enjoyed a little hiking. Did you like the tree climbing picture I posted on Facebook?

Have you noticed all the dry leaves falling?

I guess that means it’s time to focus on work again.

One of my favorite things about fall is the ability to layer. Layering means more fun work style options. But we are not  there yet – the days are still hot and summery. Here are three ideas, as seen in on elle.com, that you can use to transition your work wardrobe from summer to fall while the weather is still warm:

1. High Waisted Pants – The key to wearing high waisted pants is to ensure the perfect fit. Too small, and high waisted pants are unflattering: Too big, and high waisted pants look frumpy. Continue Reading →

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5 White-Hot Summer Work Wardrobe Favorites

 
 

It’s not too late. Still want to invest in a couple great summer work pieces, but don’t know where to start?

Start with white.

White quintessentially spells summer, and is entirely on point for Summer 2015. If you are out to invest in simply one piece or two – try one of these five white summer work wardrobe favorites:

Crisp White Short Sleeved Shirt – Also those sandals; they are amazing! But I digress – back to the shirt. You  can tuck your short sleeved white shirt into any pencil skirt, midi skirt, and all your work pants. A crisp white shirt can also dress up your jeans on casual Friday, and even shorts on the weekend.

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7 Spring 2015 Accessory Trends Guaranteed to Update Your Work Look Instantly

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re you feeling outdated at work?

Do you look in your closet and feel less than excited about your day because you are sick of wearing the same things over and over?  It’s going to be “A” ok ladies – I found some ideas for you to help you over your sartorial hump:

Here are seven amazing Spring 2015 accessory trends fit for women in leadership:

1. Statement Earrings – For a more conservative office- wear smaller interesting earrings that reflect your personal brand. For more liberal offices, have fun- just enough to make an appropriate statement!

 

2. Statement Stone and Metallic Choker – Mixed media necklaces and cuffs were all over the runway. Metallic and stone necklaces were a favorite mixed media combo.

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Looser Dress Codes Tighter Pants

“Are these pants too tight?” That is what my client- a millennial woman in leadership- asked me the other day.

We were working on her closet. She was trying on a pair of fitted ankle pants she loved to wear.  Her conservative company is forward thinking. They are embracing millennial ideas into their historically conservative company, in order to connect with younger consumers.

It got me thinking.

One important thing for millennials is style, and self expression through style. But what are the new professional boundaries? How tight can your pants be and still be  acceptable at work for a woman in leadership?

I looked into it:

In Corporette‘s blog post The Perfect Pants Fit, Kat suggests being able to pinch at least an inch of fabric at your thigh.  For that reason, Kat also believes skinny jeans are not appropriate for the office. Corporette is a style blog and forum largely for lawyers, so their offices are typically ultra conservative.

 

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5 Amazing Spring 2015 Handbags For Women in Leadership

Having a great handbag can make your day.

But it has to be practical and functional when you are a woman in leadership.

It has to be easily accessible, fit a small laptop or iPad, perhaps a file or two, and your other daily essentials. I did a little research and here are my five favorite WIL- friendly Spring 2015 handbags.

Balenciaga came out with a work tote size of this mini tote.  What beautiful yet simple detailing.  I visualize stopping by a big client’s home for an afternoon meeting by the pool.

This amazing picture was taken by Chriselle Lim who has a style blog The Chriselle Factor. I have always admired her artistic blogging style and work ethic. She just had a baby, and this was her “push present” to herself. Great choice!

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11 Spring 2015 Trends to Wear to Work Today

 

This winter is too cold! But warmer days are around the corner. I love snow and the fun layering opportunities winter allows, but right now I can’t wait for spring! How about you?

Now is the perfect time to start popping little bits of spring happiness into your work week rotations. To get you going, here are 11 spring 2015 trends that work right now for women in leadership:

Floral– Try working pops of floral into your work looks- perhaps in the form of a shell, a scarf or a belt.

I know what you are thinking -“Florals for spring – groundbreaking!”But really, every year florals for spring seem fresh all over again. Note, that is one of my favorite lines from the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Yay, I got to use it.

 

Head to Toe Blue – Blue is still the new black.  I love these powder blue pumps paired with the model’s navy dress. You could also try powder blue earrings, necklace, or a statement ring instead.

 

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10 Corporate Holiday Event Looks – Classic With a Twist

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need a fantastic look for your corporate holiday events! Why? Your choice of outfit sends a positive or negative message about your personality outside of work. source

Many companies are embracing updated technology and updated business ideas including social media, and social responsibility in order to attract a younger, millennial customer. One way to show you are able to help your company move into the future is to align your personal style brand with your corporate brand. Your corporate holiday function is an opportunity to do this.

One major rule according to celebrity fashion stylist and editor Dawn Del Russo; go easy on the glitter and sparkles. Instead opt for classic looks. The holiday season may seem like the perfect time to go for your sparkly dress, but it probably isn’t. source

Here are ten classic look ideas with updated holiday twists:

 

1. Skirt and Sweater Combo– But no holiday sweaters, even if they are designer! Also try to avoid anything  that showcases holiday animals or characters to maintain your professional image. The CEO may not appreciate the humor and they can come across as tacky. (Unless you are the CEO!)

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