Archive | Women in Politics

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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How Sen. Dianne Feinstein Rocked Seersucker on #ComeyDay

Senator Dianne Feinstein in seersucker hijacked my eyes.

I was watching former FBI director James Comey’s hearing on Thursday, while doing computer work, when Sen. Feinstein popped up onscreen and began her line of questioning.

In seersucker.

Extra points for pairing with a chunky pale peach beaded necklace – a modern take on classic pearls.

The democratic senator from California looked polished, yet unique compared to the myriad of dark suits in the room. Sen. Feinstein’s look read ‘appropriate yet different’. My brain woke up. Continue Reading →

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Sea Of Pink: 3 Signature Style Lessons From The Women’s March

I am happily swamped with work and clients this month, and I am grateful to have still made time for a brief, much needed, weekend retreat in Pennsylvania. I feel rejuvenated, ready for what spring has in store.

Speaking of March.

Remember the Women’s March? Wow! Not simply “wow” because of the Women’s March massive worldwide turnout – but because of it’s, perhaps accidental, branding with pink pussyhats. What a great example of the power of style to brand a message.

Here are 3 lessons that can be applied to personal style branding that I took away from the women’s march:

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1) Pick an appropriate symbol – Since pink is the ultimate feminine color, it was a perfect choice for the women’s march. Pink represents caring, compassion and love. By wearing pink hats, the women’s march instantly created a brand that stood for those qualities. 

Chose a symbol for your personal style congruent with your message. Think of how you want others to think and feel in your presence.  For example, If your goal is to be seen as more credible, wear a watch. Even though we have clocks on our phones, a watch adds that extra detail of style and credibility Continue Reading →

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Hillary Clinton’s Run and the Presidential Glass Ceiling

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Photo Credit: The Political Insider . April 2016

   Moms and daughters gathered under the glass ceiling of the Javitz centre to watch the election results come in on Tuesday November 8, 2016. They expected history to be made.

The first female President of the United States.

Unfortunately, the metaphorical glass ceiling still stands.

What Hillary achieved shows how far we’ve come, but we still have work to do. As I read Slate’s July article The Hillary Haters, three points struck me since the election favored Donald Trump. These three points parallel barriers I often hear from women in senior management in corporate America, and my own personal experience.

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