Looking for style inspiration that brings out your inner Alpha Power Leader? Look no further than this gallery of ten iconic power dressers, both fictitious (think Dynasty’s Alexis Carrington) and real (think Anna Wintour).
While we don’t suggest you go out and find yourself a 1980s power suit, we do like to read about the efforts and thinking that went into planning these ladies’ outfits.
Take Margaret Thatcher: The former English Prime Minister “cleverly refined her clothing to reflect her rising power (…) and kept files on what she wore when, with outfits named “Reagan Navy” or “Election ’87”.
Or look at Victoria Beckham: She “struggled sartorially when she first moved to Los Angeles in 2007. (…) Her body-hugging frocks, five-inch stilettos, statement handbags and perma-pout just didn’t look right on the studiedly laidback, expensively dressed-down west coast. She nailed it eventually, of course. Now, as a surprisingly successful fashion designer with an eponymous label, she’s helping a whole new generation of women to power dress.”
Have a look at the full gallery in Guardian’s The 10 Best Female Power Dresses.
Brows really do frame and balance the face. We’ve been believers since our first visit to the brow bar.
If you are open to updating your brow routine, have a look at The Beauty Department’s easy, illustrated two-step guide to stunning brows.
Get your pencil and your powder and get shaping!
Business travel is a bit of a necessary evil and often quite literally “part of the job.” Most companies have installed stricter rules around business and first class placements, so we all end up together in coach sometimes. Here are a few tips to get you to your destination in style and comfort.
- Coconut water. We know you can’t bring it through security but it’s worth stocking up on super hydrating coconut water at the airport shop.
- Moisture mist. Every hour in the air drains more moisture from your skin. We love this lightly fragrant Caudalie Beauty Elixier mist to refresh our skin and senses.
- Braid your hair. An easy French braid is the best hair style for long flights. You can lean back and it looks lovely even as it gets a bit messy from trying to find a comfortable position.
- Sleep mask. Redeye again? We feel your pain. This “NapForm” sleep mask keeps all light out and does not press on your precious lashes. It cushions the undereye area and the gentle pressure will send you right to sleep.
- NextIssue. This app turns your smartphone or tablet into a well-stocked magazine newsstand. With access to 140 magazine titles (Fast Company, People, Wired, Elle, New Yorker, and everything else for your high and low brow reading needs) you won’t run out of things to read no matter how long your flight.
- Saline nasal mist. We always get a little paranoid whenever someone has a cough on the plane. We’ve been using saline nasal mist ever since we heard that keeping your nose hydrated helps ward off infections. So far so good!
- Lip tint. A bit of lasting color and a lot of moisture, these Tarte LipSurgence lip tints are a great on-board choice. They promise to increase the moisture levels of your pout by 6000%. Doubles as a cheek stain in a pinch.
“Pick a polish!” — These three words greet us at every nail salon. If you’re getting a bit bored with your go-to shade and want to mix things up for fall — we have fall trends for your fingertips.
Take a look at this slide show where Elle.com editors present their favorite polish picks for fall. Some lovely, classy choices. We’re particularly intrigued by this unexpected chocolatey shade:
Laura Mercier. Nail lacquer in Cocoa Suede. Available here.
For even more choices check out PopSugar’s list of Fall Nail Polish Trends. We will be wearing this golden caramel shade with our knits and layers:
Butter London. Nail lacquer in Brick Lane. Available here.
We hope these choices help you when you find yourself stuck in indecision in front of The Wall of Colors at your nail salon.
Fall is firmly upon us and it’s time to add a few new items to our work wardrobe! (Don’t tell anyone but we still feel a little cheated for not getting any “back to school” presents anymore.)
We liked Elle Magazine’s “20 Finds for under $100” and you might like some of the tops, bags, hats, even sunglasses for those bright fall days.
A pair of short leather gloves. Perfect if you’re taking your Vespa or your vintage bike to work — or want to look like you did. $45. Available here.
This felt fedora in wooly grey keeps your hair in place and your head warm. $95. Available here.
A black backpack that looks cool and fits our Mac Book, the stack of notepads we like to tote around, and a fully stocked cosmetics bag? Sign us up! $66.65. Available here.
A great suit is hard to find. And if your schedule between work and play is anything like ours you don’t have the time to do the leg work to find one. Corporette.com has a great “Suit of the Week” series which does some of the recon for you. Check out their weekly reviews of professional yet stylish suits for a variety of budgets and sizes.
Could you work this at work?
Everyone who’s in a committed love-hate relationship with their high heels, please raise your hands.
If you’re like us, you love them for how they make us stand tall and add an inch of confidence. For how they make us feel like we can command every room and every audience. For how they add a final touch to any outfit.
And we hate them because they all hurt after a while. And because they turn every walk into a negotiation with your surroundings: Don’t walk on that grate. Better not to walk on those cobbled stones. Further than two blocks? I don’t think so. (If you are one of those ladies who take breezy lunch break walks in their 5 inch beauties or participate in the annual Stiletto Run, we salute you!)
Do you resort to the shoe change? If you ever have, then this is for you:
“Oh, the ignominy and the embarrassment of it all: swaying on one leg like a drunken duck, hiding round the corner of the red-carpet entrance, pulling off the flats, stuffing them in a handbag and putting on those vertiginous heels.”
Oh, how we feel with Suzy Menkes, the editor at Vogue, who describes what she sees and experiences at red carpet events and what we see and experience — with slightly less vertiginous heels, mostly — in every business building in the world. And how many of us keep an extra pair of pumps by our desk in case a client drops by or an impromptu meeting is scheduled?
You can read Suzy Menke’s article here: Killer Heels: The Agony and Ecstacy on Seductive Shoes
New season, new colors.
We always love a red lip but are intrigued by the new fall trend for lips: soft pink.
To save us from having to try out every single shade under the sun ourselves, a beauty editor from XO Vain did the work for us. She swatched and sampled 13 shades in different formulas, from a variety of brands, and at price points ranging from budget to luxe.
A favorite for professional settings is Lancome’s Rouge in Love. (Be sure to check out this link as Lancome has a great feature to show the shades on every complexion.)
Check out the reviews: Here’s the first review of 6 shades of soft pink lip colors. And here’s the second batch of 7 shades.
So what’s an outfit that’s great for business and work life?
If you ever grew a few cup sizes you know that the same dress that looked perfectly “business chic” before can suddenly be quite revealing.
We were happy to find this article that breaks down professional dress by body type and gives useful recommendations for athletic, curvy, petite, plus-sized, and tall ladies. It’s aptly titled How to dress professionally for your body type.