The Elegant Executive Blog

My Favorite Sales Associate – Wendy Levine

I’ve known many, many sales people over the years and there is no one quite like Wendy Levine who works her magic in the designer department at Neiman Marcus at Tyson’s Corner (McLean, Virginia). She has a great eye and can really help put together looks that are fresh, modern and perfectly understated. If you don’t think there are any good sales people out there, think again! Here are five reasons why she should be your go-to sales person the next time you need to refresh your wardrobe, buy a new interview suit, or learn why that Gucci dress costs…

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Inside Scoop on Personal Stylists

In today’s Wall Street Journal there’s a pretty good article on personal stylists, highlighting Chris Sharma who works out of Nordstrom’s Tysons Corner store in Northern Virginia. While I was at Nordstrom, Chris’s book of business was legendary. “How does he do it?” we would ask ourselves as yet one more customer came in on our day off to return everything she said she loved. Ah, those were the days! If you want to learn better shopping strategies and/or how to work more effectively with a personal stylist, you need to read my e-books, I Hate to Shop! But Still…

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What’s Worse than Flip-flops?

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where flip-flops were what we kids wore to the beach, pool and around the neighborhood when we weren’t wearing our roller skates. These plastic, quasi-disposable “shoes” were merely a means to avoid blisteringly hot sand and black-top, otherwise we were happy to be barefoot. No adults ever wore them past the swimming pool parking lot. Whenever I see professionals wearing these play shoes with skirts, dresses or pants, I cringe. The message they are sending is “I’m really a kid at heart and frankly, would rather be barefoot.” I’m not so sure that’s…

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Q-1 Style Update (Corporate Dress)

Now is the time to take advantage of post-holiday sales and add some color to your wardrobe. In many parts of the country, January is cold and dreary. If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California or Florida maybe this post isn’t for you. But for readers from Maine to Minnesota and clear down to Memphis, read on to learn how to give your wardrobe a little lift that will help transition from the winter doldrums to the first hints of spring. Gentlemen The easiest way to punch up your wool suit is with a colorful shirt and tie…

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I Hate to Shop! E-books about to launch

We divide women into two categories: those who love to shop, and those who hate it. If you find yourself in the latter group, our I Hate to Shop! But Still Want to Look Great guides were written just for you! My editor assures me the e-books will be ready January 15th, as planned. Do you have a closet full of clothing but nothing to wear? Are you at the point where you know you need to refresh your work wardrobe, but you just don’t know where to start? Do you find yourself leaving stores empty handed because nothing fits…

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Post-Christmas Shopping

While electronics and toys are the items of choice for Black Friday shoppers, softer goods, such as clothing and luxury handbags, shoes and other accessories are what shoppers want after Santa’s departure and the stores are full of great deals. Neiman Marcus, for example, has taken an additional 25% off clothing already marked down 30-50%. This is the perfect time to add something special to the basics in one’s wardrobe: a cashmere sweater, a silk scarf, a pair of wool trousers, an expensive dress that’s not so expensive with the discounts, etc. Just remember to make a list and a budget before…

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Why Male Execs Dress Better Than Their Female Counterparts

The truth is male executives cultivate a sense of style and dress as they develop professionally and climb the ladder to success. It’s expected that they dress in a powerful way and most rise to the challenge. No mentor would shy away from saying to up and coming Bob Smith, “Bob, that suit is atrocious! For goodness sake, go see my tailor and tell him I sent you.” However, no one will coach rising star Brittany Sanders with this admonishment: “Are you seriously going to wear THAT to the client meeting? Call my stylist and ask for an appointment asap.”…

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Lots of Clothes But Nothing to Wear?

Nice article in today’s Washington Post about where to find a good suit for the 30-plus working woman in DC. Author Monica Hesse points her readers to visit the newly refurbished Ann Taylor store on 13th Street NW for fashion-forward suiting. Ms. Hesse also makes an excellent point about how most women don’t know how to shop, resulting in over-stuffed closets and nothing to wear: There are several rites of passage on the way to [dress] Correct. The exhausted jostling at Target for the precious Missoni line. The exhausted pawing through Marshall’s clearance racks, which never has the right size, no mater…

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“I Gotta Be Me” Straight up Narcisissm?

With the economy in the ditch and the unemployment rate being what it is, I am amazed when I’m asked to coach a professional who isn’t following clearly defined directions. Who in the world wouldn’t fall into line with the expectations of their employer? Well, not Ryan. Ryan, age 24, works at a large consulting firm’s help desk, delivering in-person technical assistance to a broad range of co-workers, including senior executives. Because he’s so visible, his manager has asked him to step up his grooming and wardrobe selections, but after six weeks of excuses (I have to go shopping, my barber is on vacation, we…

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Bare Legs Are So 2010

Researching an article I am writing on pantyhose, I found a piece entitled “Kate Middleton brings back pantyhose. Bare legs are so 2010,” and I laughed out loud. After, of course, sighing in great relief. Finally, a young, hip chick like KM is bringing back something most women over the age of 25 should be wearing in a corporate setting: hosiery. Did I hear someone just call me a fuddy-duddy?? Well, go ahead. The fact remains, very few of us have been blessed with perfect legs, especially yours truly. As I have said before, I could sleep in my Donna…

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