Smart Casual Jacket Style Inspired By Mary Orton

Fabulous Ambitious reader Susie asked me where she could get a jacket like the one blogger Mary Orton wore in the picture below.

Susie wants something like this to wear to luncheons.

You may like to create a fresh smart casual look like this for yourself. It’s an easy wear for any smart casual occasion, like casual Friday, and the jacket mixes nicely into the rest of your wardrobe.

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Photo Credit @maryorton

So, I searched around the web and found a few great options for you:

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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:

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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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TGI Friday Find

 

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Aiden’ Mule. This butterscotch color is gorgeous and the reviews are good – 4.5 stars.  Wear to work for casual Friday and on the weekend for a fresh take on the basic bootie. This Rebecca Minkoff mule also comes in black, but I like it in this unusual, yet neutral hue. Mules pair well with pants, jeans, and even dresses and skirts.

Readers, would you wear a mule like this to work on casual Friday?

xo,

Jamie

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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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Friday’s “To Die” Find

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  TD, I discovered, stands for “to die”. Used when something is so amazing you’re worried you just might die.

And the color of this icey blue tissue weight scarf is TD! The mornings now have a little chill. The evenings too. Not much – barely enough for a sweater.

Which makes sense – yesterday marked the fall equinox, it’s a perfect time to find a cool scarf like this Nordstrom brand one I found. It’s a beautiful hue which happens to be one fall’s pantone colors. Pair with red, darker blue, and even yellow. Or be safe and wake up a simple neutral palette.

For ideas to tie your scarf click here.

xo,

Jamie

P.S.  Readers, have you discovered any fun new acronyms lately?

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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:

Riverside Blue

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My Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wear To Work Finds

Winter shopping in the dead of summer. It’s whimsical. Like breakfast for dinner. Or indoor camping on a rainy day.

I’m talking about Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

This was my favorite time of year when I was a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. It was insanely busy. All the effort that went into the sale created a festive air.  I thought of each of my customers, and what piece would be amazing for them.

In  honor – I curated a few modern classic pieces that caught my eye for you, my readers.

A few gems to help you shine at work this fall:

Happy Anniversary!

xo,

Jamie

P.S. What is your favorite find for anniversary? Please share in the comments. Have a question how to wear any of these pieces ? Ask me! I want to hear from you.

 

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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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