One of our latest #startupchats (every Wed 2pm EST on Twitter) was about Fall fashion trends for women in business featuring stylists and designers! Guests included: @lsquaredstyle @polishedimage @MarisaSwystun1 and sponsored by TJMaxx and Marshalls @hdueitt tweeted in behalf of TJMAXX and Marshalls. We also included some of our participants tweets here who added great value. Thanks everyone! Fun topic.
Here’s highlights of the conversation:
Share with us your definition of style
: For me, style is the one way we communicate to others who we are and what we’re about.
: Style is an individual expression of who you are without talking. Clothes speak for you!
: Style is effortless & shouldn’t cost you a fortune!
What makes a woman look ‘put together’?
TJMaxx: A woman looks ‘put together’ when she walks with self-respect and confidence. Accessories help a woman look “put together”, and a smile is the best accessory!
BeChicMag: when she walks with self-respect and confidence
MarisaSwystun1: A woman should bravely wear her heart on her sleeve. If she does it well, she will always look put together.
polished image: I tell all moms that they need to fight for their right to be stylish and functional. As a mom of 3 I understand.
How does looking polished/fashion forward build trust in life/business?
: They see that you’re serious thus making you appear trustworthy and responsible
It let’s people know that you mean business and you have self respect. If you want to be successful dress like it!
: If you take pride in the way you present yourself you most likely take pride in your work – people notice
: Looking polished and paying attn. to small details can show your client you will pay attention to their needs/ details.
What’s the difference in your wardrobe if you’re working at home or going to an office?
: Huge! I advise my clients with home office to get dressed in business casual everyday. If a client calls you and needs you immediately, you need to be ready!
: You put yourself in a different mindset when you take the time and effort to get dressed. It’s just respect for yourself!
: I keep a couple of “outfits” for every occasion ready in my closet for last minute meetings and get togethers
How do dress standards range between industries?
: Dress standards can very drastically from industry to industry. It’s up to each of us to be appropriately informed.
It’s a good idea to speak with someone in the organization- whether it be a future colleague , manager or HR specialist.
: You have to respect industry! Some people that have a more Classic sense of style have to work to be more artistic if they work in a creative industry while other who are more artistic have to work to be more classic in a conservative industry. Industry dictates dress!
: I dress the same at home/work/out – it’s more fun and I inspire myself that way.
What fall 2011 trends are going to be hot?
: Red, Tailored Looks, Pencil Skirts with a twist, Blazers, Wide leg pants, Stacked pumps with detail.
: Details, detail, details. Look for fur trim, bows, ruffles, lace, sparkled and embellished tops!
What colors should we look for in fall fashion?
: Red, Camel, Green, Blush Pinks (make sure your rocking the right shades for your skin tone).
: I think a fall jacket in a really bold colour is a fun trend. It brings attention to your face!
How does someone stay current but not get carried away by trends?
: Trend is just suggestion and every season has TONS of trends packed in each. Choose one that work for your known fit.
: By incorporating trendy pieces into your current wardrobe, you’ll still be able to pay the mortgage and feel stylish!
: Invest in a quality basic wardrobe in neutrals that flatter you. Then each season pick trends that are appropriate for u! Trends are meant to update your look for the season. I never advise anyone dress in head to toe trends.
If you were only going to spend $150 to update your fall wardrobe, what would you add?
: Understand the gaps in your wardrobe. Once you’ve identified gap #1, invest in that (e.g. a trendy fall blouse)!