Posts Tagged ‘professional’

Holiday Outfits Part 2 of 3: Work Day to Work Party

December 1, 2010

There’s Smart Casual and now we declare Smart Holiday – the outfit that can transition from work to party as is or with a simple change.  If your work party is a casual affair, remember that professionalism rules.


If you want to stand out, the standard fare won’t do, nor will going overboard at work to look more festive for the party.  Consider the following:

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  • Boring. So you forgot about the party when you were getting dressed.  Make time to shop over the lunch hour and look for a sparkly necklace, top or shoe that will help you feel as festive as you will surely feel.
  • Dated. “Aww, cuuute” does not command respect.  Reserve these mementos for family affairs and opt for accessories that elevate your presence.
  • Tired. A nothing-special matchy-match outfit does not belong at the office or at the holiday party.  A more interesting outfit will help you differentiate yourself from your peers while networking up the chain of command.
  • Club-Bound. If you work in the entertainment industry, this *might* be appropriate office attire.  Then again, it will still look better in a celebrity-wanna-be-filled club on a reality TV show.  Your outfit should go from work to party without screaming I’M GOING TO A PARTY!
  • Goofy. At work, the Class Clown is great for culture but will not get as much respect when it comes to raises and promotions.  Leave the costumes in the closet until Halloween.

And now, outfit ideas that will ensure you’re ready for the big night, after a productive day.

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Consider these hard working looks for regular, Plus, Petite and men from left to right:

A mix of every day professional and evening can be exceedingly productive when done well.

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Transitioning Skirts from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter

September 23, 2010

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Clients want to know…is it possible to take summer skirts into Fall?  If the fabric is cotton – especially a heavier weight – it can be possible.

The above photos are two of my clients in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They each have skirts that they like to wear and want to keep wearing into the cooler weather.

Here are ideas for how to wear skirts year-round, using items that can be found at Nordstrom.

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This skirt is casual because it’s a lighter weight and it’s construction is simple.  The type of floral pattern also adds to a more casual look – think country or prairie.

A 3/4 sleeve cardigan is a great top layer for summer.  A pop of color underneath the sweater, also known as up on the inside, creates a column for the wearer to help create a long, tall line between the skirt and top.  A lighter top layer will be good for women with triangle shapes needing to emphasize the top half.  A neutral toned shoe will anchor the look and would tie in nicely with gold-toned jewelry.

For cooler temperatures, a denim jacket is a versatile top layer for smart casual.  It provides structure and is a great top layer for warmth as well as for covering up the undesired result of extra weight.  Deeper tones, which are always more prevalent for Fall and Winter, will be seasonally appropriate and pair well with a dark brown pair of knee-high boots.

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This skirt is dressier because it’s a heavier cotton and has more structure to it.  Additionally, the floral pattern is more sophisticated and grey and black are generally more sophisticated than pastels.

For warmer temperatures, a structured jacket and pretty shell create a professional, polished look.  With a dark color on the outside, called up on the outside, it will work for larger busts and inverted triangle body types.  A pop of color with accessories is a great way to add personal style.  These wine colored shoes would pair beautifully with silver jewelry.

When the weather turns cool, a structured jacket with long sleeves is a polished top layer.  A dressy shell – with stylish detailing and in a fine or medium knit or fabric – creates a great Fall color palette.  A black or dark grey pair of knee-high boots keep the legs warm and are more sophisticated than a pair of opaque tights.

To find out the best colors, styles and items for your body colors, body type and wardrobe, Fabuliss can help!  Learn more at or contact us at with questions or for more information.

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Conference/Unconference Outfits for Men…a.k.a. Buh-Bye Sloppy, Hello Spiffy

September 14, 2010

Going to an event where you may not know anyone is NEVER an excuse to dress like you’re going to a bar, sports event or backyard barbeque.  You should look respectable, intelligent and like someone people should get to know.


Because if you meet someone YOU want to know, you don’t want to get caught looking like you’re at the wrong place.  And if you’re still feeling the urge to fight my recommendation to sharpen up your look, ask yourself why.

While you let that sink in, here are a few ideas as to how you can step up from sloppy to spiffy based on a few people who were at the first ever Minnesota Blogger Conference.

Business Spiffy

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Organizer Arik Hanson (principal of ACH Communications), and panelist Tony Saucier (employee at Olson, author of Pounded Thumb), both did a great job of dressing great for their roles at a relaxed event.  Sport jackets and button-down shirts with pants or dark jeans are an excellent choice.

The look above says polished, professional and approachable.

Creative Spiffy

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Patrick Rhone, author of multiple blogs including Duchess Beatrix, featuring his adorable daughter and her kingdom, was one of the most stylish men at the MN Blogger Conference.

Aside from the fact that he reminds me (a lot) of Lionel Richie, he was in really smart casual that worked.

Preppy Spiffy

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So what if you’re not a vest and tie guy?  Here’s another great look similar to what I spotted on Joel Carlson, twitterview master and soon-to-be client who wants help figuring out what his style is.

This look is casual, undoubtedly comfortable and absolutely respectable.  A button-down shirt under the sweater says “work” whereas a t-shirt says “weekend.”

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Lastly, if you’re feeling shlumpy, a little hefty and/or self-conscious, fake it ’til you make it.  The baggier your clothes are, the bigger you look so opt for fitted clothes that camouflage extra weight.

Here’s a simple outfit that will ensure you look put together and confident while covering up and believe it or not, slimming you down.

You can shop all of these items from my Wishpot page – click on the tag “men” in the left hand column and shop away!

For dressier ideas for men, see my post Men’s Style for Pitching…You, Your Ideas and/or Your Company.

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Color, fit, closets and shopping. or 612-554-4629 }

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