The Elegant Executive Blog

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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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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Free Digital Versions Now Available!

Neels & Company’s best-selling booklets, Business Etiquette 101 and Business Etiquette 102, are now available in PDF format FREE! Many of you who have enjoyed these little gems chock full of dos and don’ts for success in the workplace have asked me for digital versions for quite a while. I was hesitant, because the printed versions are so perfectly designed by the one and only Debra Wieder of Five Elements, but I understand not everyone is stuck in 1992 like me! Avail yourself to lots of free resources, including the Business Etiquette booklets, by visiting the Preferred Guest page on my…

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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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Interviewing for Fit

Most new professionals interviewing for jobs know enough to dress to impress. But will they continue to care about their appearance once they land the position and begin to represent your firm? Internet start-ups and creative enterprises generally don’t care how their new hires present themselves, but if it’s important to your organization that employees appear polished and professional, look for these clues during the interview: Is the candidate really well dressed, even if wearing a suit? If the clothing doesn’t fit properly, it may be because they’ve borrowed the ensemble or bought it so recently they didn’t have time for…

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Wearing a Scarf

If you’ve been watching “Mad Men,” then you’ve probably noticed Betty wearing her beautiful silk scarves. Many women tell me they love the idea of wearing a silk scarf, but don’t know how. Sound familiar? I’ve found a great resource – Brooks Brothers’s website has a tutorial of sorts on six ways to wear a silk scarf: French Twist, Square Knot, Neck Ring, Neck Wrap, Slip Knot and Head Wrap. Check it out here. While some say the best silk scarves come in flat orange boxes from France (Hermes), there are many other, more affordable options out there. I’ve gotten…

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