Harper’s BAZAAR has been going across the country to show top MBA candidates how to go from the classroom to the boardroom with style in a program called “Work the Look.” With help from experts in the fashion, beauty and skin care industries, the 145-year-old fashion magazine is teaching soon-to-be professional women how to elevate their look for the office with get-ahead ensembles, and the complementary beauty looks to match.
Celebrity stylist Annie Ladino is bringing her expertise to each school. Annie got her start in magazine editorial and now styles celebrities including Brooklyn Decker, Jaime King and America Ferrera. As part of her fashion presentation, Annie is pulling exclusive work wear looks straight from BAZAAR’s new e-commerce platform, ShopBAZAAR.com.
Interview with Annie Ladino:
Q: What are some of the exclusive looks for the office?Powerful women really do wear the pants in all aspects of their lives. With that said, there has been a shift over the most recent fashion seasons from women wanting to dazzle with sparkles and frills to command an audience in sleek and polished looks. The new pantsuit is rearing its head from behind a sea of ruffled dresses to reveal a cool new take on a classic. Pinstripe options from Celine or Tory Burch have trickled down to the mass market at Zara and Ann Taylor.Q: How can one dress from work wear to going out after work to still look cute?The overall idea of office attire tends to be minimal and boring, yet that doesn’t mean we can’t be modern and give it personality. A trick to take your look from day to night is to change up your accessories and incorporate bold pops of color into your look. There are some chunky Alexis Bittar earrings on ShopBAZAAR.com that are perfect for the office, but more than enough for a night out. I always recommend keeping a pair of heels under your desk. The pointy toe shoe is always a classic and there are plenty alternative to heights and styles to suite every fashionable woman including heels or wedges. Statement jewelry pulls a look together especially modern architectural sculptural jewelry.Q: Since city styles are so different, what is appropriate work wear in LA versus NYC? Are there any No No’s?While dress codes tend to vary from industry to city, stick to this rule of thumb – the suit is, and has always been the staple for the office. A full suit is the foundation to your work wardrobe and useful for not only the interview process, but the boardroom and meetings to come. Look for a blazer and pant in a dark neutral such as black or navy, bonus points for amatching pencil skirt. It’s versatility also allows for several combinations or wear each piece separately to give your look a more casual feel.Definite no-no’s to the office is anything you’d wear to the beach, to garden, or to the gym.
Throughout each “Work the Look” event, several activities occur simultaneously – women receive Clarisonic facials while learning the foundations of skin care and Lancôme make-up artists offer work-appropriate beauty tips all while the attendees enjoy specialty cocktails.
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