We’ve all been there. The unexpected week night sleepover (perhaps a result of a very, very happy hour.) Or maybe you were just at your boyfriends or girlfriends and overslept or didn’t bring the right clothes. Now, as much as we wish we all could just throw on a man’s dress shirt and wrap a tie around it and head off to work, we all don’t live in romantic comedies (Judy Greer actually did do that in 27 Dresses.) You need a strategy for how you are going to show up at work looking like a presentable human being instead of a college senior on a Friday morning after 80′s themed pub night. More
On this site we have talked about the difficulties female lawyers face when it comes to dressing for work. Kat Griffin, founder of Corporette.com, a site that advises professional women on how to dress told The Grindstone:
“Lawyers in particular have to adhere to conservative rules for clothes, primarily because they are very rarely speaking for themselves. If a judge or jury hates you, you want it to be because they heard and considered your client’s argument… not becase your clothing conveyed a lack of respect, or offended them in some other manner.”
Once again, Kim Kardashian teaches us a valuable lesson by doing something terribly stupid. Kim, who considers herself a business woman (plus her mom has told us she is like 100 times) decided a sheer top would be the way to go when meeting the AMBASSADOR TO KUWAIT. This is a big business no-no. More
According to a new survey, women spend more time thinking about the dress they are going to wear to the office party than actually working the day of the office party. It found that women typically spend 12 hours picking the right look for the evening. Nearly one in five (17%) spend at least two days choosing the perfect clothes and accessories to look their best. More
his week Marie Claire hosted an event called “The Power of Presence.” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation, broke down exactly what ‘Executive Presence’ means in a research report she presented to the audience. Based on the responses of executives she surveyed, it was found that the three main pillars of Executive Presence are gravitas, communication and appearance. If you use these three things correctly you can thrive in a “world that is still led by pale males,” she said. “Appearance is an extraordinarily powerful first filtering. It can get you knocked off the list in a second.” To make sure you aren’t knocking yourself off the list, check out these nine easy appearance blunders. More
Petra Flannery just hit a career milestone. Her client, Emma Stone, was just named Best Dressed by the iconic Vogue Magazine. And though it is Emma that gets the cover of the special issue, it is Petra that should be taking home the real career success. More
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde said she had to learn to learn the game of sexuality when it came to meeting with film executives and casting directors. It seems there is a very delicate balance between dressing like an Amish nun and slutting it up. It all depends of course on who will be at your casting meeting but Olivia had to learn that. More
In case you hadn’t heard, the final installment of the Twilight franchise comes out this Friday, Breaking Dawn: Part 2. The stars of the film, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, have been on an intense worldwide press junket tour to promote the film. When these two started the Twilight films, they were both relatively unknown, very young and relatively inexperienced when it came to doing promotional interviews for the film. But that was five years ago! Since 2008, between the two of them they have promoted nine films in addition to the four Twilight sequels. That is a lot of interviews asking about what it’s like to play a vampire and yet neither of these actors has improved in the slightest when it comes to public speaking or just being not the most awkward people in general. More
Zac Posen publicist Lynn Tesoro who was slapped at New York Fashion Week in September by Jalouse editor Jennifer Eymere is filing new charges against Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, president of Jalou publishing house (and Jennifer’s mother), and Vanessa Bellugeon, in addition to the $1 million suit she filed shortly after the incident. More
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A woman who works in finance recently wrote into the Careerist blog noting that at a recent event for women at Barclays she noticed that a dominating trend amongst executive women were large South Sea pearls (the size of gum balls), both black and white. She asked if the size of your pearls need to reflect your job status? After talking with some experts, we have decided that women need to earn the right to wear the big, expensive jewelry at work. If they do it too soon in their careers, they can hurt themselves.
The Wall Street Journal’s fashion expert Christina Brinkley recently announced that the power suit for women was on its way out and now she says the heel is following in its footsteps (no pun intended.) Even though 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup once said “Flats are for quitters,” it seems that now flats are also for powerful women who want to be able to walk when they are 80. The ” flat is making a play for power,” says Brinkley and we are going to see them in more boardrooms. More
Even though we are almost a week past Halloween, you may have noticed that there are still some people sporting capes and a lot of them are grown women. That’s right ladies. The cape is in for fall. Little Red Riding Hood, witches and Wonder Woman are now officially trendsetters. And though they do look great with an evening gown (Gwyneth Paltrow wore a stunning Tom Ford white cape ensemble to the Oscars this year), they can also be worn as a winter coat and therefore, some women may want to wear these to the office. But can you pull of the cape in the workplace?
In a new piece by The Hollywood Reporter, female executives in the Hollywood talk about the evolution of power dressing. It used to be all about the power suit but now more fashionable and feminine items are considered just as powerful. “When I got to town in 1989,” says Blair Kohan, now a fashionably dressed partner at UTA, “everybody was wearing these suits. I had one from Ann Taylor. You didn’t get Armani until you got to the top. “I see more expressiveness. Women no longer have to look tough because we are tough.” With the help of some tips from Glamour and others, we came up with a new list of power pieces you need for your work wardrobe.
Our friends over at Marie Claire recently surveyed their readers, both female and male, on what clothing mistakes can completely undermine a woman’s presence and capability at work. These are not just fashion blunders but they literally have the power to hurt your career. They came up with a list of the worst ones and we thought they were great. Just remember, check yourself before you leave for work. More