This word means different things to different people. It might be just a name to you. It might conjure up images of that bear from that movie I never saw.
For me, it means
I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural TEDxTimesSquare (post on that coming soon) and needless to say, I was SUPER excited. The only problem was, I didn’t know what to wear! After considering different outfits, I decided to go with a T(ee) for TEDx to achieve the perfect balance of dressy casual, “business” fashionable.
On the first day of Fashion week- February 7, I found myself having to dress in an outfit that would go seamlessly from interning during the day to a Lunar New Year Celebration at night. With such a hectic/busy schedule, I was sure to keep this in mind:
My first fashion week outfit:
Last night, the Global CEO of Chanel, Maureen Chiquet, was speaking at an event at the Asia Society (See previous post or click here). That being said, it’s only natural I wanted to dress like and channel my inner (Coco) Chanel- simple. effortless. chic.
Chanel is known for many things: tweed, quilted bags and the No 5 fragrance to name a few- but her name is synonymous with the little black dress. Since I have yet to find a tweed jacket that I both like and find flattering, for this event I opted for a little black dress but with a twist of course- the twist being the shoulder slit.
Backtrack to about 5 years ago, to my first DECA regional conference.
Back then, I was just a high school student competing. Today I was on the other side, serving as a volunteer judge.
Oh, how time flies.
During finals week, December 11 to be exact, I had the great pleasure of attending the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon one beautiful afternoon at the Waldorf Astoria, thanks to the graciousness of a donor who extended this invitation to me and a couple of my peers.
I spotted Selena also at the Levo Launch Party.
She stood out in a crowd of business basics in a lace printed metallic top paired with well fitted black pants and flats. Lace can easily look dated or “old” (and just plain difficult to wear as it can get caught or ruined) but her top only gave the illusion of lace keeping the look young, fresh and functional but just as pretty. To keep things simple, she wore an understated necklace to add a nice point of interest and kept her hair and makeup neat.
It was pouring that day and she was running around as a member of the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Committee, but had it been a real work environment it would have been great to see her pair the top with a skirt like Lanvin does for Fall 2012. (pictured after the jump)
Finding a mentor, let alone someone to look up to is tough. It also happens to be advice for the workplace I repeatedly hear or read in all the lectures, presentations, articles, etc I come across or attend. As a millennial I’m very selective (almost too picky) and I also find it increasingly difficult to find someone I’d like to model myself after especially as my path continues to pivot the more I learn about myself.
Although finding a mentor at work/school may be a bit challenging (I’m hoping I will find one in time), when it comes to women of inspiration, in fashion there are plenty. When it comes to a wardrobe that works well from business to life (or vice versa) look no further than Olivia Palermo, the epitome of polished style. She makes business basics like blouses and pumps look as comfortable and easy as a t-shirt and she’s the queen of blazers. She exudes feminine power, young elegance and consistent confidence, all of which are necessary to make a great impression in business and life.
Here’s Olivia Palermo, my favorite stylish celebrity, looking polished and presentable as always in what will be the timeless color combination of black and blue as mentioned in the previous post.
view more photos after the jump