Fashion Stylist Tip: Adding Flair to Corporate Attire

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitWhen I’m working with clients who are senior and top executive level professionals, a question I always get is “how can I add more variety and flair to my work wardrobe?”

It’s a great question.

Many people on that level in their career are weary of rocking the boat in terms of the dynamics in their workplace.

Yes, this also includes how they dress.

Though this question mainly comes from women, many male executives want to know how to stop looking like a cookie cutter image of their colleagues and jazz up their career attire!

Due to this growing want to be more stylish and fun in a very corporate environment, I’ve come up with the following tips.  These tips will keep you within the guidelines of most business professional workplaces while still allowing you to indulge for in your flair for fashion!

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #1: Learn to add accessories in trendy and stylish ways.  This tip means for women to learn add colorful graphic print scarves to the traditional suit, wear small to medium size jewelry sets that add a punch of color or interest to your outfit, and wearing shoes with textured or intricate detail in traditional styles.  I’m personally in love with the classic pointy-toe 4″ pump.  This style is timeless and isn’t going anywhere.  Try a pair of these is a great materials other than traditional matte leather.  My favorite pumps are in patent leather, metallic leathers, satin or silk, beaded designs, etc.

Now for men, this tip can best be applied to things like the color/pattern of ties you wear with your suits, color and/or stripe in the collared shirt worn under your suit, novelty (but tasteful) cufflinks, and contrasting collared shirts.

Everyone needs to assess what they feel will or won’t best within their own workplace.

Fashion Stylist Tip #2: Get the details on your suits customized.  A good tailor and seamstress are truly worth their weight in gold!  For this tip, my goal is for the career man or woman to take the actual suits they wear to have it tailored specifically for them.  Yes, first for the perfect fit and inseam.  However, this tip goes beyond that.  Women have much more leeway here! Ladies, customize details such as having the buttons replaced on the suit jacket of your suit, have architectural details added to your blazer such as pintucks or a slight peplum flair, and having the hem of ankle length pants tailored to have ruching details at the bottom.

Men should really focus on the fit of their suit jackets and blazers.  Find a good tailor and habadashery that knows and understands the various classic and modern jacket and blazer styles for men.  Another way a suit jacket can be customized if for triangle styled faux handkerchiefs to be sewing into the breast pocket or slit of the jacket.

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #3: Play with pattern vs. color to create impact.  Since the colors that are deemed permissible (especially on a large scale) can be quite limiting for senior executives, I strongly suggest incorporating pattern and textures into your wardrobe instead.  Think pinstripe, argyle, plaid, houndstooth and paisley.  These patterns, even in more traditional colors can be quite dazzling.  Incorporating any two of these patterns together in the same look makes a big impact.  The only thing you have to ensure is that the colors in both patterns are exactly the same so you won’t look mismatched.  Houndstooth and argyle especially look good together!

Now that you have a few tips to get started, go to your closet and get to work!

Before you run out and purchase anything, see what you already have that can boost your look.

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Styling Practice: Preppy Casual Metallic

Preppy Casual Metallic

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The Look:

Preppy, casual, and timeless all in one.  Being on a quest to liven up winter classics with the use of metallics, I had to highlight this look!

Why I Love It:

The navy trousers and crisp collared white button-up are complimented by a cropped pale gold metallic cardigan.  The addition of the cardigan brings a lighthearted and feminine element to such a classic (often stoic) look.  This a very versatile outfit that would look just as good on a college student as it would in a business casual environment or to an after-work happy hour.

*Fashion Stylist Tip:

  • Pair this look with a pair of black glitter or metallic stilletos and clutch for happy hour
  • Up the “sexy” factor by wearing the top few buttons of the shirt undone pair with a longline push-up bra
  • Keep this look professional by keeping makeup natural and minimal gold accessories
  • Layer a longer blazer on top of the cardigan to keep the look more boardroom worthy

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Networking for Newbies

Networking for Beginners 1Networking…it’s a word that can evocate fear and dread in the heart of professionals, both new & seasoned alike.  Speaking from my own personal experience, I relocated to Philadelphia about two years ago and I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the thought of having to learn to network all over again in a new city!    Yet alas I did just that.  Here are my top seven tips on how to efficiently and effectively network as a beginner.

Tip #1: Start Small – Like anything else in life, it’s best to start your networking efforts out on a small scale for them to be sustainable.  At least until you feel out the environment and personalities of those within your field.  Being friendly with co-workers and attending some events they invite you to will allow you to begin networking without becoming overwhelmed or uncomfortable.

Tip #2: Research Your City – The power of the World Wide Web is at your fingertips to do more than see what Beyoncé wore (and did!) at the Grammy’s.  Use the power of the internet to research some of the best places and events for likeminded people in your city.

Tip #3: Join Groups on Meetup.com Going further with the concept of online research, meetup.com can be an extremely helpful tool in meeting others who are interested in networking.

Networking for Beginners 2Tip #4: Attend Happy Hours This may sound cheesy but it really works! I’d advise you to look for upscale happy hours around the city.  Think 4 & 5 star hotels.   Hotel bars and lounges are a great place to network for two reasons: 1) there are lots of people who are just in town for a few days and don’t necessarily want to venture out too far.  2) Since you aren’t likely to run into these people again because they’re traveling (usually for work) you don’t have to be mortified if you make a blunder or mess up during a conversation.  This is one of the best places for beginners to network.

Tip #5: Attend cultural events and festivals in your city – Every city usually has something of a cultural nature going on throughout the different seasons of the year.  Whether it’s an event sponsored by a museum, an auto show, or a famous entertainer coming to town.  There’s usually something going on.  If it’s a big event, it’s likely to be well publicized and therefore easy to find out about.  However, if it’s something more low-key, you may have to ask around to co-workers and friends with whom you share common interests.  These events are great for beginners because you’ll be in an environment in which already interests you.  This will make talking to new people less daunting since you’ll have an easy starting point to a conversation.

Tip #6: Attend social gatherings hosted by your job – This is one of the hands-down easiest ways for a beginner to network.  With that being said, it’s also one of the easiest ways to damage your reputation if not handled properly.  If you do decide to attend social events hosted by your employer, please proceed with caution.  Remember these people are your professional peers and managers.  This means act like you are still at work and watch what you say as well as how much you drink!  I’d advise no more than 2 alcoholic drinks and to leave well before the event is over.

Networking for Beginners 3Tip #7: Join Toastmasters – This tip is a two-for-one.  Toastmasters is a great platform for networking but it’s also an excellent organization to help you with public speaking skills.  As a newbie to networking these are two areas where you want to hone your skills.  Go to their website, find a chapter near you, and contact the person listed.  You’ll be able to attend one of their meetings as a “guest” which is totally free of charge.

Ready…set…network!  Follow these seven tips to begin your life long journey to meeting new people, nurturing relationships, and networking like a pro.

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Brand Spotlight: A.L.C.

Brand Spotlight: A.L.C.

Fashion Stylist Tip: Stocking your closet with wardrobe basics and only buying 2 or 3 trendy pieces per season will help you always look stylish + save money!

Who They Are:

Andrea Lieberman may have begun her career as a stylist, but her aesthetic is worlds away from the OTT, more-is-more vibe that often reigns in magazine pages.

Lieberman says she is dedicated to creating “an understated sense of refinement” with easy, everyday clothes that will get noticed but are never attention-seeking.

She sticks to “what feels right now,” and addresses trends on her own terms. The result is of-the-moment, without seeming here today, gone tomorrow. (Source: Style.com

Brand Spotlight: A.L.C. - 2

Fashion Stylist Tip: Tailored pieces in bold colors equals a great wardrobe.

Why I Love Them:

  • A.L.C. offers wardrobe basics that every woman should have in her closet
  • The brand offers great tailored pieces that help define your wardrobe
  • The color palette is versatile–ranging from basic black & white to soft pastels and jewel tones

My Next Move:

I plan on adding more than a few A.L.C. items to my closet soon.  Some of my top picks include: A.L.C. Ziff Pant in RoseA.L.C. Pixey Tank in WhiteA.L.C. Anza Dress in Blood/Blue Fans, and A.L.C. Lace Side Ruched Strapless Dress in Bordeaux.

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Fashion Challenger: Fringe for Career Attire

fashion challenger fringe

Personal Stylist Tip: Fringe is a great accent on clothes & handbags

This week, I’m taking on a fashion challenge that has everything to do with looking and being fabulous at work!

Your career attire can be fun as well as functional when you throw seasonal trends in the mix.

Weekly Fashion Challenger: This week’s fashion challenge,  if you so choose to accept it, is all about fringe.  Fringe is a haute trend for spring and I want see if you can add a bit of it in your career wardrobe.  But before we start, here’s a bit more about the trend.

All About Fringe:

  • Fringe is a haute trend for 2014
  • Fringe was seen on the Spring 2014 runways of: Roberto Cavalli, AltuzarraMoschino, Gucci, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander and many more
  • Fringe can be worn as a great accent on dresses, pants, handbags, skirts, gloves, and jewelry
  •  The fringe trend is versatile and can have a more western theme (think CHANEL Dallas show) or a 1920’s flapper flair
  • Fringe is very feminine and works well with the soft palette of colors for 2014 by Pantone
  • Fringe is versatile and was seen in both evening wear and casual looks on the runway

Your Next Move: I want you to go to your closet and see what items you have that are fringe and coordinate one or two of them in a cool look for work.

Don’t have anything with fringe on it?  What fringed items can you add to your wardrobe to work with what you already have?

*Fashion Stylist Tip: This would be a great time to use the “La Mere Layering Technique” and add a cool fringe vest underneath of a blazer or structured jacket.

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Roll Your Jeans & Clip Your Pants

Roll Your Jeans

Fashion Stylist Tip: Rolling your jeans & using clip hangers will help organize your closet!

If you’re a shopoholic/fashion addict like me you may suffer from the same issue as I do when it comes to storing your jeans…

…there’s no room in your closet!

As a woman who loves variety and has yet to meet a denim wash she didn’t love, jeans are definitely a big part of my wardrobe.

Though I love this most versatile piece of clothing, I could never seem to store them in a way that would prevent wrinkling.

Has this ever happened to you?

Well, that is until I had the fabulous idea to start storing my jeans in the same way I pack them.

The concept is simple.

Step 1: Roll Your Jeans like you would when packing

Just roll your jeans in order to store them in your closet!

This creates space and keeps them wrinkle free.

You just have to know how to roll them properly.  To help you with that task, I’ve included a short video.

If you happen to experience ANY wrinkles when you unravel your jeans, just use a steamer.

(My favorite steamer is Steamfast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer).

Step 2: Clip Your Pants, Trousers & Skirts

The next thing you want to do is clip all of your pants, trousers, and skirts on clip hangers.

If you have a lot of any of these items, then you need clip hangers (Ad naseum!)

To make it easier, below are the different types of pant/trouser hangers:

  • Individual clip hangers – these are hangers where you can hang one (at most two) pairs of pants  (The Clear 14″ Pant/Skirt Hangers, set of 25 is enough to get all of your pants/trousers/skirts neatly hung for under $20).
  • Open-ended swinger hangers – no this isn’t referring to an alternative lifestyle, but it is a fancy type of hanger!  (I have mixed feelings about these hangers, but my favorites are Jobar Slacks Hangers Open Ended pants Easy Slide Organizers).  They work best with pants that are lightweight.  Think career attire slacks, khakis, etc.

So try the rolling technique & check out each type of hanger then let me know what works for you!

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How to Fold a Sweater to Increase Storage Space in Your Closet

How to Fold Sweaters

Fashion Stylist Tip: Folding sweaters creates max space in your closet!

Answer this question FAST:

If you won a $5,000 shopping spree, would you be able to properly fit your new stuff into your closet?

Or better yet, do the clothes you already have properly fit into your closet?

I’m guessing no, and that’s a huge problem. Most of us only take about five minutes to pick what we’re going to wear for the day, and if we don’t immediately SEE something, we forget it’s there and aren’t maximizing our wardrobe therefore wasting money.

You need a better plan.

Folding Sweaters to Increase Storage Space in Your Closet

It’s cold outside, have you taken the time to fold the sweaters in your closet?

If not, you are wasting precious space by trying to hang those sweaters on hangers.

Below is a quick video I found on YouTube (admittedly not created by me!) on how to fold sweaters:

The tips in this video are important for two reasons:

Reason #1:

The shape/contour of your sweaters will last longer when properly folded instead of hanging on a hanger.

If you are buying clothes as there are meant to be, as an investment, this is really important!

Maintain all aspects of your clothes is essential in building a wardrobe you love and making every dollar you spend on that wardrobe be a good investment.  Garment care has two parts cleaning/maintenance and storing.  Properly folding your sweaters has to do with storage.

Don’t have shelves in your closet?

No worries!  Use a large Space Saver bag or clear plastic bin (suitable for your living space) to store your sweaters when you aren’t wearing them.

Reason #2:

You will create space in your closet.

As a shopaholic by trade, choice, and default, I have to be ruthless when it comes to purchasing and storing what I buy.

To that end, folding sweaters is one of the easiest methods to create more space in my closets.  Go ahead and try this quick solution today & let me know how much space you saved!

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