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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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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Nancy Mitchell Joins Neels & Company

Nancy Mitchell is now Chief of Protocol and the go-to source for etiquette education at Neels & Company. With over 25 years of experience, Nancy serves as protocol and special events consultant to the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library and cultural center, where she was director of special events and protocol for more than two decades. In her former position at the Library of Congress, Nancy and her staff were responsible for planning and managing more than 400 events each year. She coordinated the institution’s major special events, visits of heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, fundraising…

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Style Workshop

Yesterday we had the pleasure of facilitating our fun and informative Style Workshop at the law offices of Winston & Strawn. The ladies enjoyed seeing what we recommend they wear for a business casual setting, how to shop on a budget and what kinds of items they should splurge on this fall. Determining one’s figure types and color “temperatures” (cool or warm) engaged audience members, giving each new ideas and a better understanding of how to dress, always accenting the positive. Here is some of the feedback we received: “I really learned so much about what to wear and how to wear it. My favorite…

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Upscale Women’s Wool Suiting – Lafayette 148 New York

Yesterday I attended a very fun and festive Lafayette 148 New York fashion show at Nordstrom’s Pentagon City store where there were many great looks for stylish working women. I especially like Lafayette’s stretch wool garments for their drape, ease and wearability and recommend them highly to new professionals and seasoned execs. You’ll pay a little more upfront, but believe me when I tell you this wool suiting is very comfortable and will last and last. If you are going to invest in a suit this fall, buy a jacket (pictured is the Gavin jacket for $548) and matching skirt and…

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Federal City Necktie

Featuring a map of Washington, DC, this necktie is perfect for the not-so-formal office, where ties are optional. It’s whimsical, but not in a childish way, and says, “I’m a professional who appreciates dressing well while maintaining my own sense of style.” Available at Josh Bach, it retails for $55. Other cities available: Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Paris and Rome.


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