Casual Friday is not “schlump day”. Dress for your boss’ job, not your own. Keep your scents and fragrances to a 2 spritz max. And flip flops are an office flop– just don’t. Period.
These are just a few of the fashion pearls of wisdom I got a chance to glean at today’s Dress to Impress Panel at the Fair Media Council’s first ever Women’s Empowerment Summit. It was one of six amazing panels featuring some of Long Island’s most successful women and their secrets!
Imagine the intense “fashion pressure” of moderating such a panel. (I am the first to admit that I am the kind of NON “fashionista” who has trouble matching two socks together!)
I was surrounded by four of Long Island’s fashion experts: Kathleen Herrmann, representing Roosevelt Field, Lindsay Stevens of the hot new retailer C.Wonder, Sonia Panameno of Aveda, and Wanda Gonzales of Kipling.
Here are some of their top tips for fashion success in the workplace:
On the fashion “rules”: There aren’t any hard and fast rules anymore.
Lindsay: The rules are whichever rules will get you the job.
Wanda: Your look should go with your day. It’s about being feminine and you have the right to look beautiful and be strong.
Kathleen: Dress for your mood.
Sonia: Combine what you feel confident in.
Must haves: A great blazer, a silk blouse, a great fitting pair of black pants and a spectacular pair of shoes.
Bring on the bling: Accessorize with jewelry. If it looks good, wear it. But don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea of “the more bling the better.”
Avoid Fragrance Faux Pas: keep it light and fresh. 2 spritz max!
Go undercover: Keep in mind that bras are UNDER wear.
Bare Necessities?:According to our experts, stocking are not a must. Bare legs are ok. But watch those hemlines!
Most of all, according to our experts, it’s about being you. Dress to Impress YOURSELF… and the world will follow!
Thanks to this amazing group of experts for sharing your fashion wisdom. And special thanks to the Fair Media Council and Jaci Clement for inviting LIFE IS SWEET TV to take part in this first of its kind event! See you all next year!