Iconic power dressers now and then

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.

Easy Wardrobe Updates for Fall

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.

Our favorites:

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.

Amato_gloves_shopbopThis felt fedora in wooly grey keeps your hair in place and your head warm. $95. Available here.

whistles-fedoraA 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.

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Office Wear Inspiration: “Suit of the Week”

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.
 
We like this one from Boden for fall.
 
Could you work this at work?
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Our relationship with heels: It’s complicated

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

Dress professionally & for your body

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.