How important is how we look and does that determine how successful we’ll be? Christie Lohr, founder of one of the biggest job sites catered specifically to Fashion and Beauty; Style Nine to Five, Style Nine to Five New York and Beauty Nine to Five, shares her thoughts and tips on how the empowered women of today can determine her own successes and how looking good can in turn mean feeling good about yourself and getting that job!
1. What do you think are the 2015 style trends?
From the runways, you can see that leather continues to dominate and is rebranding itself as something that is trans-seasonal – it works in both the fall/winter and in summer. I especially love it in pastel tones for the warmer months. 70s influence is also making a huge comeback and military influences are key trends season after season and have a huge stake in my wardrobe. I’m also intrigued to test drive culottes and I’m making that my new trend to try this new year. I especially love how Katherine Power, Co-Founder and CEO of whowhatwear.com wears them.
2. What does Dressing for Success mean to you?
I think dressing for success means feeling your best and dressing the part. It can be simply elevating your day-to-day style for an important interview or that your hair and makeup are on point too.
3. Any style tips for women wanting to step out of the yoga pants trend, without neglecting the aspect of comfort?
If I could, I would wear leggings daily because of just how comfortable they are. I wear a lot of high waisted bottoms right now because they are super comfy and so flattering on my shape. The waist hits my on the tiniest part of my stomach, plus any surprise skin spillages are hidden. I’m also completely in love with shirt dresses too right now!
1. Loving these black high rise American Apparel jeans – SO comfy and can be dressed up with heels and a blazer or down with Nikes for the weekend.
2. Pencil Skirt from Aritzia
4. How can the busy women of today dress for success?
I’d say, stock up on basics in neutrals that you can interchange and get a ton of wear out of. A midi-length or pencil skirt, blouse, a fitted long sleeve top, which is great for under blazers or tucking into a high waisted skirt, a comfy pump, a flat loafer and a work appropriate dress are all must-haves in the working woman’s wardrobe. These are universal items that fit into any office dress code and atmosphere. They’re professional and put together.
Skirt from H&M Canada
Loafer from The September; Reed Krakoff :
Layering piece: Blanket scarf from Aritzia:
5. People say RED is a bold and powerful colour, what do you think?
I love red! For my colouring, I find it doesn’t suit me that well, so I often opt to wear the shade on the bottom with a neutral colour on top. I have a red pencil skirt that I’m currently wearing a lot of. I don’t have any current pics of me in the red skirt, so here’s NYC’s Mary Orton of The Classy Cubical wearing red pants for work. So chic. www.theclassycubicle.com
2. I also love this red biker jacket to add edge to your look (From Zara)
6. How important is looking good in determining your successes?
We all know that looking our best makes us FEEL our best. We’re more confident, so we’ll do better, speak up and walk with a pep in our step. Clothing definitely has the power to elevate your moods, but the key to dressing well is confidence. If you’re in something that doesn’t fit or flatter, you’re not going to feel 100% you.
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