Fall Workwear Essentials for Entrepreneurs and Professionals

Fall Workwear Essentials for Entrepreneurs and Professionals

 

According to numerous studies, including one published in an article in the Business Insider, “your appearance strongly influences other people’s perception of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, and suitability for hire or promotion. And, because perception is often reality, what you wear not only communicates who you are in the minds of others, but also influences your level of career advancement.”

 

What this essentially tells us, is it that not only does being properly put-together force people to see you as someone who has it all figured out, but when you take pride in what you wear, the external perception turns into an internalized sense of capability, power and competency. So, needless to say – what you wear and how you accessorize is more important than you might have ever thought, with fall just around the corner, it’s time to talk business. Business attire, that is.

 

The one that says it all

 

 

We could think of countless clothing options that will send just the right message, whether you work for yourself, are in charge of a great number of people, or you’re one of the worker bees trying to climb the corporate ladder. There are superiors to impress, power to exude for those working under you and showing potential clients and investors that you are the perfect person for the job. However, in a sea of professional and chic clothing options, there is one that still reigns supreme, and we have a feeling this will be the case for a very long time – the power suit.

 

You can opt for a slightly oversized version, which is super chic and shows that you are both in control and not too uptight. Then, there is the pastel pantsuit, perfect for the beginning of fall as it exudes equal parts of femininity and power. Now, once we enter the colder fall months, this period will call for more serious and truly scientifically powerful hues such as navy, black and grey. Make sure it fits perfectly, so you don’t look slouchy as this is often associated with frumpiness; make sure it’s perfectly pressed and crisp, and with the right blouse, possibly something with a bow neckline. Just take care that you stock up on formal blouses and classic white shirts since these will save the day every time and mesh with everything you’ve got.

 

That perfect dress

 

 

When it comes to dresses in the office, this tricky area must be approached with the utmost care. You don’t want it to be too short or tight as that might send a signal about a lack of professionalism and knowledge on the dress code.

 

Now, if the dress in question is purple, all the better, as ultra-violet (hence all similar shades) is the official color of the year, and since according to Pantone it represents power and change, what better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe than with a dress that will dazzle at work and send all the right signals, not to mention awakening the femme go-getter in you.

 

Casual Friday

 

 

There are days when things at the office are pretty low-key, which is the perfect time to bust out the ultimate business casual power combo. All you need for a killer office appropriate yet stylish outfit is a pair of dark wash jeans – emphasis on the dark – a quality cotton tee, and a larger than life cool blazer. You can elevate the look with classic pumps or give the feet a rest with flat oxfords, which are both sensible and sharp, and with a great simple tote on your shoulder, you are ready to go.

 

Now, as a busy woman who is always on the go, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to browse through countless boutiques, so the wisest and most time-saving things you can do for your style is to turn to a great online clothing store which offers a variety of garments, from blouses, blazers, tees and even outerwear and kill several style birds with one stone.

 

The young professional

 

No piece of outerwear says “I’m a pro” like a classic trench coat. This little number elevates the simplest of outfits. It’s also sharp and smart, but also currently (and always) on trend and on point, which makes it the smartest work and life outerwear investment you’ll ever make.

 

The cool girl factor

 

 

Since most companies nowadays have loosened up the dress code to a certain extent, a motto leather jacket has become to office attire what the little black dress is for formal events – a foolproof item. Depending on what you choose to wear on that particular day, your outfit can become edgier or more casual, and this kind of versatility this jacket provides is always welcome.

 

Easy peasy

 

A jumpsuit is one of the easiest things you can pull out of your closet, perhaps even a garment that is easier to style than the mighty dress. Just make sure the fabric is a bit sturdier and doesn’t crease, that the pattern isn’t too loud or too busy. A black jumpsuit with white stripes is always a safe bet, and it looks great with any of the aforementioned pieces of outerwear, and if the dress code allows it, you can even rock it with tennis shoes.

 

Speaking of shoes

 

 

So, classic pumps, flat oxford, loafers, leather flats and leather tennis shoes along with camel ankle boots will get you through the fall without compromising your sense of style. The era of sky-high stilettos is over, so don’t torture your feet when there are so many chic office-friendly options out there.

 

Final touch

 

Every busy woman needs a good big bag that can handle everything she throws at it. A solid leather tote is your best choice, although news on the street is that leather backpacks, which are super sleek and chic, are the new business tote, so if you have room for two investments of this variety, go for both. 

 

Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about beauty- and fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Whytt Magazine and Carousel.You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

 

 

 

5 Ways to Master Your Flawless, Feminine Style

 

5 Ways to Master Your Flawless, Feminine Style

 

Today’s fashion is definitely taking a fun and creative turn. Designers are playing with cuts and colors, and boundaries of gender are being challenged and pushed every day. However, between all the androgynous and masculine elements that are flooding the runways, sometimes it’s easy to dismiss the wonderful aspects of dressing like a woman. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy femininity.

 

Looking feminine doesn’t imply you don’t also look perfectly professional, and any woman who wants to embrace traditional marks of her gender can do that. All you need are some staple pieces and some easy tips and tricks to look and feel incredible in and outside the office.

 

Color makes a difference

 

 

Gentle pastels are always a good choice, so go for rose, peach, lavender, or minty green shades. Pair them with white garments and simple jewelry. Pearls are a particularly great idea because they represent a certain timeless elegance and they’re perfectly appropriate for the office.

 

 

With that in mind, know that you’re not limited to just soft shades. Red, for example, is a classic, gorgeous color that’s just as feminine. It represents power and sex appeal, and while it can be quite daring, you can easily keep it subtle by pairing it with a grey suit. Off-white shades, dove grey, burgundy, terracotta, turquoise, royal blue, and powder rose are just some of the examples of great colors that you can use in your palette.

 

 

Dress for success

 

 

It’s really a straightforward, easy way to look feminine – just wear a dress. Now, a lot of ladies are afraid of skirts and dresses for various reasons. Maybe they don’t like to show off their legs, or maybe they’re just not used to wearing such garments, but trust us, there’s a dress out there for every body shape and preference.

 

 

Wrap dresses are particularly easy to pull off because of their fit-and-flare silhouette. This particular style will enhance your waist, creating an hourglass shape, and it looks good on pretty much anyone. You can also opt for a simple yet chic pencil skirt and button-down blouse combos. A well-fitted blazer completes the look. Seriously, a suit jacket will make any outfit polished and professional.

 

 

Statement outerwear

 

 

Outwear is an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe simply because it’s usually a garment we wear more often than anything else. You can easily find plenty of gorgeous women’s jackets around, so pick the kind that you think will match your general style. There’s absolutely nothing quite as sleek as a good coat, but you can also pick a white denim jacket for the warmer weather, or even a short-sleeved kimono just to throw over your outfit. Invest in something that makes you feel nice, and then you’ll be happy to wear it every day.

 

 

 

 

 

Delicate materials and accessories

 

 

Details matter. Let’s say you’re wearing a black pantsuit, for example. A slightly masculine garment on its own, and nothing all that spectacular about it. However, imagine a silk camisole underneath that suit jacket, or delicate lace detailing along the hemlines and sleeves. Perhaps you’ve got a pretty hair comb to pin your hair, or maybe you’ve got a beautiful statement bag hanging on your arm.

 

 

Details such as these make all the difference in the world, and you want to pay special attention to the kind of shoes you pick. Heels? Always feminine. Simple black pumps will get you through anything, but so will a trendy pair of mules, or ballet flats.

 

 

Soft makeup

 

 

Makeup is an important part of any woman’s style, and the best way to get that moment where you’re really feeling all pretty and feminine is to make sure your face is flawless. Use a good foundation that will give you a nice dewy look, for example, Too Faced’s Born This Way. Alternatively, if your face tends to get oily throughout the day, pick their Peach Perfect foundation because it’s one of the best ones you can choose for a more matte, transfer-proof look). Once you have a good base, the rest is easy. Just keep your eye makeup soft and gentle, and use a good blush (Milani’s Luminoso is a nice choice).

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end, femininity is what you make of it. If you feel good in what you’re wearing then that is the essence of lady-like grace. So whether you’re in a boxy pantsuit or a frilly skirt, embrace who you are and enjoy it.

 

 

 

Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about beauty- and fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Whytt Magazine and Carousel.

You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

 

 

 

How to Make Empowering Fashion Choices

How to Make Empowering Fashion Choices

 

 

How to Make Empowering Fashion Choices

 

The boldest of styles made themselves known on the catwalk this year with everything from neon lavender powersuits to sculptural evening gowns.  All the runways from both F/W and SS fashion shows have provided us with enough of these bold choices to last us not a season, but perhaps a decade. Now, in the age of female empowerment, it would simply be a waste not to show your attitude with your clothing. While some of these will be obvious choices, others might surprise you, so let’s dive in and see how we can make you as fierce and powerful on the outside as you are on the inside.

 

 

Let’s start with the corporate world

 

Even though the corporate dress code is starting to ‘loosen up’ a bit, there are still certain unwritten rules as to what constitutes professional work attire. According to psychologist Karen Pine, one of the key pillars of success in the workplace, and even one that can put you on a fast track to a promotion, is dressing in a way similar to your boss. So, if your boss is all about the suit and tie, this is the perfect opportunity to reclaim the suit from the boys’ club and use it to your own advantage. Thanks to the grand comeback of the power suit, you now have as many options and types of suits, from oversized to fitted, single-color, checkered and even floral so, take your place and make your presence known with a powerful suit. You’ll walk the fine line between masculine and feminine, and trust us, you will love it.

 

 

Enough with the torture

 

We have been pigeonholed for most of our lives, with people telling us that we look more polished and chic -even more feminine – when wearing a pretty pair of pumps. If you’re tired of coming back home with sore feet because you’re trying to blend in, just stop. There was a very powerful moment when Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy ditches her pumps and takes her old hospital crocs out of the drawer. There are tons of incredibly fashionable, feet-friendly choices out there, such as loafers, ballerina flats, and even Birkenstock sandals, which have yet again made a huge comeback to mainstream fashion.  

 

 

Send a message

 

When it comes to graphic tees, fast-fashion retailers in the past few years have been mostly whimsical, designing tops with phrases such as ‘shopping is my cardio’ or simply ‘donuts’. However recently in this age of empowerment, designers have taken it upon themselves to make a simple T-shirt way more impactful and meaningful. Don’t be afraid of showing your fierce side by wearing shirts that say something along the line of ‘the future is female’ or ‘we should all be feminists’.

 

 

The piece that has a life of its own

 

The right choice of bag is always important, especially when you wish to exude power and look like you’re on top of things and owning the game (which you are). Try to invest in high-quality pieces in this department, as your choice of bag speaks volumes of just how fierce you are. There are tons of incredible, practical and chic options, so just choose the one that speaks not only to your style persona but also one that allows you to be practical and go about your day not worrying whether you left something behind.

 

 

Supporting your fellow (wo)man

 

Regardless of what your style preferences are, supporting small brands for which one of the main goals is to empower women is always a kind and helpful thing to do for fellow females across the globe. There are brands such as Raven and Lily, whose goal is to alleviate poverty among women in countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Guatemala, the USA and Haiti. They employ at-risk female artisans, use eco-friendly and sustainable practices in their materials and design processes and donate funds for their artisan communities’ healthcare and educational needs. They also make incredible minimalist pieces. Other brands with similar goals and practices include Soko, Sudara and VETTA Capsule Collection, and aside from these brands being ethical, they make killer clothes that flatter women of all shapes and sizes and definitely deserve your support for more reasons than one.

 

 

 

Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She has written for as long as she can remember.  She is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.

 

 

Why Confidence Is the Best Style

 

Why Confidence Is the Best Style

 

If there is one thing that instantly speaks of style, that captivates the audiences, that makes you look like someone who has it all together, it’s confidence. Chin up, shoulders back, and a smile that graces your face – all of this is pretty much the equivalent of wearing the latest Birkin bag. For women, confidence isn’t just something that they can use to look more attractive; it’s something that influences every aspect of their life, but particularly their careers and the way people respond to them in a professional environment.

Fashion, style, and high self-esteem are linked very closely together, so the way you present yourself can make a true difference in how you are perceived. If you curate your wardrobe cleverly, you’ll definitely get to not only look better, but feel better as well. How can you do that? Let’s find out!

 

The psychology of good fashion

 

There is something extremely comfortable about knowing you look good. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you know that the garment fits you, that it accentuates all your best features, that it’s drawing people in because you’re bewitching in your little hand-picked getup.

Picking out a good outfit to wear even when we’re feeling absolutely exhausted and cranky affects us on a very deep emotional level. We might have that stressful meeting coming up, but damn, we look like a million bucks and it’s difficult to resist the urge to sway your hips just a little, to walk with that spring in your step, to smile and enjoy the fact that you look polished and that people can’t help but soak in every word you say.

 

Power suits and lingerie

 

A staple of the business world, suits are sleek, they are polished, and they are a surefire way to feel like a powerful, unstoppable woman who’s about to take over the world. If your suit is making you feel bored, it’s time to change things up. Imagine yourself in an off-white, Dior-inspired pantsuit. Your heels are high, your hair is pinned into a neat little bun, and you have a delicate silk blouse underneath your blazer, and maybe a pair of gold earrings gracing your face. Now imagine yourself walking into a big meeting looking like that, like a professional, like a smooth, confident woman. And the best thing? Underneath it all, you’ve got a set of sexy, lacy white lingerie that’s your little secret, that’s making you feel even better, that’s making you completely aware of how good you look and how much you love every last bit of you.

And you don’t even have to go for such a commanding look. Having a good selection of easy-to-wear colors – elegant black, chocolate brown, dove grey – is still going to look impressive if you keep in mind that you should dress for yourself, and that accessories make all the difference.

Accessories that change your perception

 

It works kind of like lingerie, really. A good pair of Jimmy Choos isn’t really necessary to look good, but it does make us feel good. If you prefer comfort and hate wearing heels, that’s great too! We recommend finding a pair of classic black Oxfords or stylish loafers and enjoying the lightness in your step.

The same goes for ladies. The right accessory can transform your outfit, and the most important things for the office are: a watch, earrings, and most of all, a bag. Why not invest in really good pieces that will make you stand out? A high-quality bag, like the ones from Oroton, could really bring that professional polish and high-class style to your outfit, especially if you pick something made of leather. The watch and the earrings should be subtle, but graceful – just bear in mind that you don’t want them to be too attention-grabbing because that might end up looking garish. Another way to zhoosh up your outfits? A scarf. Tie a silk Hermes scarf around your bag handle and make it your trademark style quirk.

Makeup as a form of expression

 

Maybe you always wear cat liner, or maybe red lipstick is your signature. Maybe you pull off that “no makeup” makeup look like no one else. Whether you’re getting ready to go out or need something subtle for the office, makeup can be coordinated with your outfit to make it even more effective and stylish.

 

Let your outfit speak for you. Let your personality and style show, and wear it all with confidence – you’ll look impressively professional and attractive.

 

Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about beauty- and fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Whytt Magazine and Carousel.

You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

 

 

Finding Confidence In The Experience Of Motherhood

 

Finding Confidence In The Experience Of Motherhood

 

In a world of Instagram perfection, it can be difficult to feel like the strong, confident momma that is living within you…sometimes deep, deep down within you (but I promise, she is there).  

Your feed is flooded with beautiful images of other mothers’ babies who always look perfectly content, without a tear or tantrum in sight.  Better yet, there are countless pictures of well-put-together mommas who look like they have somehow managed to pull off a full 8 hours of sleep, all without a drop of spit up or baby goop staining their clothes (and did I mention, they are wearing “real” clothes…not the leggings and baggy sweater that you’ve worn three days in a row, and that your husband now lovingly refers to as your “mom uniform”).  

Who are these women?  How are they so perfect?  How did they find the time to shower, let alone put on makeup? Why don’t their babies seem to keep them up all night nursing at the all-you-can-eat milk buffet? What are their secrets and what am I doing wrong?  These are the nagging questions that run through our minds as we casually scroll through our social media feeds and see all of this blissful “perfection.”  

The truth is, we are all guilty of this.  We post the happiest (and often, highly edited) moments of our life, not the poop-covered, red-eyed, sleep deprived, frizzy, 3-day old hair moments.  There is no shame in that.  I have done it too, and there’s nothing wrong with sharing sweet and well-thought-out images of our beloved babies.  After all, we spent 9 months carrying these little humans, and we deserve to show them off and feel that good mommy pride that comes with a beautiful moment captured on our iPhones.  

The only downside is that in sharing only the good stuff, we may sometimes give a false sense of perfection to our fellow mommas in the trenches.  I’m all for a beautifully lit, golden hour photo of you and your baby sweetly strolling along the beach. Hell, I frequently chase after those shots myself, but I like to balance out all that prettiness with some realness too.  

Aside from raising our babies in the best way we can, our next job as mothers is to keep it real with one another and build each other up so we can experience self-confidence that is so well-deserved and long overdue.  Motherhood is amazing…it truly is, but it also has some messiness.  By showing the full picture of what motherhood is – grittiness and all, we are keeping it real with ourselves and with the other moms out there who really could use the reassurance that being a mother doesn’t always look picture perfect.

In the early stages of new motherhood, we are especially susceptible to feeling less than confident in damn near every decision we make.  While this is perfectly normal, these feelings of insecurity should never be allowed to consume us. When in doubt of your own abilities as a mother, reach out to a fellow momma friend or even your own mother, and I promise you will find that she has experienced the very same thing – and somehow, made it out the other side.

Although, confidence frequently comes from within, it is also something that we can help to inspire in others through both sharing our adoration of motherhood and commiserating with one another during the more trying times.  It feels good to bond over the many commonalities of motherhood and to empower our own self-confidence in the process. Embrace the flaws…because they are real, and what make us human.

More importantly, when we take a step back and realize that these images we are scrolling through are just a sliver of a person’s life, not to be compared to our own, we can all feel confident in knowing that this idealistic “super mom” is about as real as the boogieman. After bringing life into this world, you can truly do anything, momma.  Remind yourself of that daily and give yourself grace because you are everything your little ones need, and you are downright amazing.

 

 

Meg is a Motherhood & Lifestyle blogger from nofomomma.com, where she writes about raising her toddler daughter, Violet, with her husband, Erik, in the bucolic farm and wine country of the North Fork of Long Island. Meg enjoys sharing her adventures in motherhood and writing about engaging lifestyle topics in parenting, wellness, DIY projects, beauty and family friendly recipes. In addition to blogging, Meg works as a family law attorney.

 

Australian Fashion And Beauty As An Inspiration

 

 

Australian Fashion And Beauty As An Inspiration

 

 

You might have this notion that, since Australia is geographically a bit cut off from the northern hemisphere, girls from the Land Down Under are not in sync with what goes on in the fashion capitals up north. To a certain extent you would be right, especially since the geographical position of the country also means that when we’re struggling with winter layers, they’re enjoying summer and vice versa. However, this isolation actually works to Australia’s advantage in the fashion department. It allows them to grab onto certain trends but still maintain a unique and distinct sense of style, one you should definitely be watching. These women make their own rules, and today we’re going to show you why their styles should serve as beacons of inspiration to you.

The Best Lesson

 

 

When new knitwear and outerwear trends appear on the Northern Hemisphere, Aussie girls are naturally tempted to snag the pieces even though they won’t be needing them for months to come. And you know what – they buy the pieces and then rock them when the time is right. This is one of the biggest lessons to learn – don’t let the season tell you what to buy. If you see an item that makes you fall head over heels with it, buy it and wear it when the weather calls for it. Don’t delay your shopping satisfaction.

You Can Have It All

 

 

The general rule of thumb is – you can be either a minimalist or a bohemian style lover, but these two will never meet. Well, Aussies beg to differ. Even though they’re known for their love of a great, breezy playsuit, which by nature is more on the boho side, it’s all up to the color palette. Minimalism is, among other things, defined by the neutral color palette, and knowing this, an Aussie woman can rock a white playsuit and white slides, exude a totally minimal vibe and just add a touch of boho with a cool necklace or a colorful belt. Style rules are to be followed, but those who know how to break them have so much more fun.

Don’t Sweat It

 

 

A typical Australian woman will often be spotted rocking some very bold and gorgeous outfits, but unlike many other women, for her this comes as a result of actually not caring too much. She is not a woman who pre-plans her outfits; she simply opens her closet and puts together the first items that tickle her fancy. A lesson to learn: don’t think about it too much, and don’t obsess about rules, go with your instinct and be more playful. You’ll be surprised where your mind can take you when you put it on the spot.

The Arsenal

 

 

Whether she’s been blessed with a life near the beach or not, an Australian woman is never without a serious arsenal comprised of sexy bikinis, tankinis and retro one-piece swimsuits – you name the style, she’s got it. Of course, this makes more sense when you have the opportunity to rock all those different swimsuits on a regular basis, but this brings us to the beauty secrets. Whether in the ocean or a local pool, Australian girls make it their habit to swim regularly – it helps you keep your health and get a killer body in the most fun way possible, too. You know what to do, go scouting for the nearest water.

There Are Other Options

 

 

Women in the Northern Hemisphere are still in the midst of the skinny jeans frenzy, but Aussie girls know how to mix it up in the denim department. Instead of the constricting and often unflattering skinny cut, they go for bootleg and flared jeans, usually a size larger. By taking the ‘looser route’ they’re able to not only move more freely, but exude that nonchalantly chic vibe that you just can’t achieve with skinny jeans. In addition to that, flared jeans let them get away with rocking denim at the office as they can be dressed up or down – this is definitely something you want to take into account.

 

Loyalty

 

 

In the beauty department, there are two things you should definitely learn from Australian women: take the natural route and show brand loyalty. Australian women, who, granted are generally in tune with nature, are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of great skincare which lies in natural and organic products. This is why they’ve been increasingly supportive of some of the most famous domestic skincare brands such as 100% Pure and Kora Organics. With natural skincare, what you see is what you get, and it’s better to wait a bit for the results to kick in than to resort to potentially dangerous quick fixes. Their skincare routine is minimal but effective – a natural cleanser, oil or serum and a moisturizer (always with high SPF).

They also stick with the brands they love – others may have forgotten about brand loyalty, but these women haven’t. Whether it’s clothing, makeup or skincare, they stick with not only predominantly domestic manufacturers and brands, but also show a great deal of loyalty and are unlikely to switch brands. This is definitely food for thought.

 

 

 

Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She has written for as long as she can remember.  She is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.

 

 

 

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