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Before you read our curated business style tips and tricks from our FocusOnStyle team, take a look at how I started the business of FocusOnStyle in this media interview.
What– you don’t work in a “real” office?! Me too! Unless I have an appointment, I’m wearing more casual clothes and minimal makeup (don’t want to scare children)… just enough to look and feel polished. Oh, and those shoes? Hundreds may be in my closet but barefoot is usually more like it until I hit the pavement (or trail when I’m at my vacay house in Wyoming).
But, am I wearing pigly clothes? NO. (Well 99% of the time and it’s ok to have a moment off). Take a look at my tips on what to wear when you work from home and no one really sees you.
First things first– as you begin to shop for staples and statements, be sure to clean out your wardrobe and rid of unwanted garments. Out with the old and in with the NEW! Not sure what to get rid of?
You’ve practiced the pitch a thousand times, but what on earth should you wear on the big day?? Here’ what to wear and what it MEANS when you pitch to ask for funding, attend a networking event, take your social media photo, or speak at a large event.
This classic & conservative color situation can get tricky. But it should never be boring. When it comes to mastering how to wear navy with brown, it’s really a matter of combining qualities of brown for interest, rather than shades per se.
Looking for a trend that’s fun and stylish? Take inspiration from these Paris Street Style ladies. Try a bold colored pantsuit, above, or printed ankle pants are always sophisticated and some of the new prints this fall are screaming MUST HAVE. J Crew, Gap, Ann Taylor, and Gap are all great places to snag a pair of ankle pants for the office.
Summer business attire chic- How to stay cool yet maintain polished summer business attire élan can be a toughy during a heat wave. Let’s dive in, at least the metaphor is cooling & solve the what to wear to work when it’s hot fashion dilemma.
It’s always best to have a core wardrobe that does double-duty, whether it be for work & play or business & party. If you have pieces that effortlessly interplay with each other, it’s easy to use them as a launch point to dress for the occasion and not limit yourself to a business situation that may be short-lived or iffy.
There is barely a time where Mrs. Obama does not exude a sense of owning her look and having great comfort and ease with what she is wearing that is true style and the new power dressing!
I have days when I’m ready to pull out the goodies in my over-stocked closet but on crazy-busy days, more than not, I find myself reaching for my classic “uniform” pieces. These clothes are far from boring, but workhorses that can go with almost anything & be styled a gazillion ways with all the fabulous pieces that I think I’ll wear but really don’t bother.
For me, looking professional and chic always involves a bit of timeless elegance… the kind of style that looks great in photos that are a few years old, or from just last week. The Duchess embodies that kind of fresh, timeless chic that is always appropriate, yet still full of verve and modern style.
From climbing the Seven Summits to expertly packing a Carven dress for a business trip, Alison Levine is no ordinary traveler.
An adventurer, explorer and mountaineer who has climbed the Seven Summits being the highest peak on every continent, Alison was the Team Captain of the First American Women’s Everest Expedition, skied to both the North and South Poles, and is an Adjunct Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
If that’s not enough, Alison had a successful Wall Street investment banking career that she left to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his bid to become Governor of California, is the Founder of the consulting firm Daredevil Strategies, and has a robust schedule of traveling to speaking engagements to share her motivational and inspirational story with many major corporations … and she packs for it, will style!
How to dress for success can get confusing, especially in a fashionably laid back industry. I reached out to Lisa Ling for some of her personal tips. Check out these evergreen business style tips back from when Lisa Ling was a co-host on The View.
A little video chit chat with Sharon & Brad about developing a chic work appropriate wardrobe to pull off office chic in 5 minutes.
I don’t know how creative they can be at your industry’s business association event and being that– it’s mostly male dominated, you don’t want to give off an overtly sexy vibe. What to wear to a black tie optional event can be confusing enough, so add the extra element of “too sexy” and it gets even more complicated. To clear things up, I would ask your boss as he is your “date” and probably very familiar with what is appropriate dress for this industry.
What to wear and still look professional when having dinner with a client.
Remember, how you dress in the workplace can improve your job performance. When you feel confident, you act confident. Wear pieces that make you feel GOOD. Feel free to share your tips and tricks for your work wardrobe in the comments below. I would love to know what looks you love and what you’re wearing in the workplace! –Curated by Jaclyn Umenhofer