Business Style

“Successful Women can still have their feet on the ground – they just wear better shoes.”

Spring is such a great time to wear a raincoat with your business attire.  A raincoat reminds me of times past when business men would wear a raincoat over their suit in England (of course that wasn’t just in the Spring because it rains a lot more there!)

For Women it is so much flattering to wear a raincoat that is fitted and has a belt.  I have had this great black and white pinstripe raincoat for a few years – it was a Christmas gift from one of my boys.  It was a grey day so I was feeling a little grey myself (especially coming back from sunny California).

In an attempt to brighten my mood I added a great pair of red pumps…red shoes work so great with so many outfits!

Business style for women doesn’t need to be only traditional, however, every once in a while it’s fun…

Find your inner Business Woman by experimenting with colored shoes,  business dresses and conservative but not boring pieces.

Raincoat:  Bebe   Dress:  Max Mara   Red Shoes:  Sam Edelman

It’s all in the Details

“Style:  All who have it share one thing, originality!” – Diana Vreeland

I love finding a piece of clothing that is really unique and noticeable.  The top in this post was just that!  I love the detail over just one sleeve and the vibrant color.

If you find a unique item of clothing, whether it’s a top, dress or skirt, make sure that anything else you wear with it doesn’t take away from how great it is.

For my outfit I chose simple accessories to accentuate and not overwhelm the whole look!

The great thing about finding unique clothes is that you will be noticed, so make sure that you will remembered for how great you look…add simple, classy accessories and complimenting pants or skirt.

Top:    Earrings:  Kate Spade    Watch:  Michael Kors

Dress for Success

“Confidence may not bring success but it gives power to face any challenge.”

As a Business Woman, I am here to tell you that my path has not been smooth sailing. I have faced many setbacks and bumps in the road. The one thing that has ensured my success is the pure determination and persistence with which I work.

True confidence doesn’t come from just the results of our successes, which are clearly much easier to see, but rather from being able to be ok with and embrace all the effort it took to become successful.

“How do you make peace with your process, your individual process, your story, your body as is, your dreams as they are?” – Jess Weiner

I say that you make peace with yourself, you don’t criticize yourself, you don’t compare yourself to others, and you most certainly make peace with who you are and find joy in your journey!

With that being said, my confidence is sparked by feeling good about myself, and that starts with how I look. I don’t think this is vain, I consider it just taking pride in my appearance and dressing for my audience.

Skirt: Express      Blouse:  Target      Cardigan:  From Phoenix shopping trip    Mary Jane Shoes:  Dollhouse

How to wear a great Shirt Dress

When a Woman says “I have nothing to wear” what she really means is “There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.” – Caitlin Moran

Shirt dresses are a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.  They can be worn loose to create a more boxy style, and if worn that way, they work for just about any body type.  If you want to dress them up, you can add a contrasting belt.

Every once in a while I like to pull out a great shirt dress.  I particularly love the color of this dress…

If you do choose to wear a belt, just know that it is going to accentuate your waist.  I have seen shirt dresses worn in so many ways, and one way I saw recently that I just love, is with a wider scarf as a belt.  It was over a white dress and the scarf was bold colored and patterned.

I wanted to add some spice to this outfit, so I added a great pair of open toed booties.  The great thing about these types of dresses is that they can definitely be worn for business (with more conservative heels) or for casual wear with flat booties or sneakers.

Dress:  Old Navy    Shoes:  ISOLA

A great pair of shoes

“Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.”

A great pair of shoes can change how you view your entire outfit!   If I ever want to take my look to the next level, I pick out a pair of statement shoes…

You can take a conservative, plain combination and turn it into something classy and sophisticated by adding a pair of shoes that are noticeable and bold.

I wore this pair of great snake print shoes to a pair of plain white pants – they make the outfit more memorable.

Shoes:  MIA

Dare to be Different!

“A beautiful and confident woman never compares herself with other women, because she knows she is an original.”

Fashion and style is so much different than it ever has been. During the Sixties, if you weren’t wearing a Mini Skirt then you just weren’t stylish. Now, there are so many more options for us to choose from.

I like to mix and match styles, colors, patterns and textures from day to day. In fact, typically if I wear a skirt one day, the next I wear pants. I have always loved being different, and not necessarily following what the Fashion Magazines say we SHOULD be wearing. I do still like to have up to the date styles, but I go out of my way to try and find things that are different and if I can’t do that, I put my outfits together with my own twist.

There are certainly some things to consider when putting together outfits on your own.

  1. Don’t wear something that you don’t feel great in, even if it looks great on the hanger. Clothes are not made to be worn by every body type!

  2. If you are unsure about your look, make sure you ask an HONEST friend. You know the kind that will tell you if you have something stuck in your teeth.

  3. Look for pieces of clothing that fit your body type the best.

  4. Just because it comes in your size doesn’t mean it is what you should be wearing.

These are just a few guidelines that can definitely get you on the road to creating your own unique style that will give you confidence and make you feel good about yourself.

Culotte Pants:  Forever 21     Lace Top:  DownEast Outfitters    Shoes:  Top Shop

Walk this way…

“The way you carry yourself is influenced by the way you feel inside.  You must feel attractive to be attractive.” – Marilyn Monroe

Another key factor in having confidence is making sure that you exude the right amount of determination and persistence.

I once had a boss tell me that he always knows when it is me coming before he even sees me, because he can hear how I walk with purpose.  There are so many things about ourselves that are unconscious that people see, feel and hear.  We have the ability to ensure that the people we are coming into contact with, know that we are a force to be reckoned with.

As I have mentioned before, I whole heartedly believe that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to – and therefore I am consistently working toward that goal.

Having confidence in yourself if the most attractive trait any person can have.  I find that the more I feel good about myself, the more likely I am to be successful.

I wanted to show you that HOW you walk is almost as important as what you wear.  A confident person walks with their head held high, doesn’t shuffle and walks with determination.

If you want to be taken seriously in anything you do in life, dress the part, walk the part and most importantly take yourself seriously!

Go for it!

Pants:  Nordstrom     Top:    Shoes:  Circus (Sam Edelman)


Ultimate Confidence

“Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.  Know your worth even if they don’t.”

I was raised with the belief that I could be or do whatever I wanted to. I am extremely lucky that my parents encouraged and validated me enough to believe in myself.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t met bumps along the way, made life harder for myself, or have just basically fallen flat on my face! But what it does mean is that no matter how many times I feel crappy, have self-doubt, insecurity, or failures, I KNOW I can pick myself up and figure something out. Whether that means trying the same thing over again or trying to do something a different way, I don’t quit.

As the years have progressed, I have found that the more success I have, the more confidence comes from it. I feel very secure in my abilities and know that the only thing holding me back is ME.

After Graduating from College, still living in England, I had an interview with a Pharmaceutical company that I thought went really well. I made it to the third round of interviews – feeling really confident in myself and my abilities I met with the female recruiter only to have a conversation I was not expecting. She explained to me that I would be meeting with Doctors who expect to see a Woman who (words to the effect of) “wears a short skirt”. Being a Young Woman I was absolutely appalled that someone could expect something like this. I was definitely naïve but I have realized as my career has gone on, that unfortunately you meet people like this all the time.

I made it my goal to find a way to express myself with style that did not dictate how short or tight my clothing was. Being remembered should not be for these reasons. I believed that my intelligence would be what people remembered, but after years of experience, I have found that unfortunately that is not the case. Why am I telling you this? Because… if you want to be remembered, the most important factor, is to be your own unique self. Fashions will fade, your confidence and belief in yourself (that very often can come from looking and feeling great) is what people will remember.

You will notice that I don’t always follow rules for fashion and I most certainly like to find things that are different.  Now it’s time for you to find your Unique Style.

Cardigan:  from Australia       Dress:  H&M     Shoes:  MIA