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The Key To Cracking The Confidence Code | CorporateFashionista.com

I’m reading The Confidence Code.

The latest book by bestselling Womenomics authors Katty Kay, anchor of BBC World News America, and Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent for Good Morning America has just hit the bookstores.

It is a fascinating read.

Katty and Claire examine why women lack confidence no matter how much they’ve accomplished, the ways self-confidence impacts their professional aspirations, and how women, daring to be authentic, can unlock the transformative power of a life on confidence.

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Women Of Influence: Fashion Designers Who Dress Professionals | CorporateFashionista.com
Last weekend, I did some TV binge-watching in order to finish Season 2 of Netflix’s, House of Cards.

I promise not to give away any secrets!

But I just have to share with you two resounding thoughts that I couldn’t shake, no matter how much the plot thickened…

First, the tailoring on Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) and all the female characters’ career clothes was impeccable. And, second, where in the world did the show’s costume stylist find all those sheath dresses with sleeves?!

Without question, each garment/outfit cost thousands of dollars and was custom fit. Darn, only in the movies, right?!

Hold on! Maybe not…

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A CEO’s Take On Fashion Week

February 19, 2014

A CEO’s Take On Fashion Week | CorporateFashionista.com
Earlier this month, fashion enthusiasts from around the globe eagerly trekked through the slippery, slosh of snow all in an effort to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Fashion Week should really be coined fashion month, since shows in London and Milan immediately followed, and the journey continues next week in Paris.

I consider myself a CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) when it comes to the world of style and the professional woman. Although the demands are high and the challenges are great, I’m very optimistic there will be even more desirable options available to her in the near future.

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Make A Fearless Style Resolution This New Year | CorporateFashionista.com

It’s often my job as a stylist to push my clients outside their comfort zone. Some respond best through a gentle nudge, while others with a firm bump.

My goal is not to be a meanie, but to free her up to get her past her limiting (style) beliefs. “Oh, no, I can’t wear a red sweater! I look horrible in red and (she mumbles) I just don’t want to stand out.” Ding…ding…ding. The latter is likely her truest feelings. The truth is she can wear any color; she just needs to find the ideal shade(s) for her skin tone. For example, tomato red is way different from raspberry red.

The color red could, instead, be yellow, or stripes, or prints, or her waistline, or thighs, knees, upper arms, calves, hands, chest, feet or you name it…I’ve heard it all. Statements of preferences so often mask perceived limitations and insecurities. In my experience, it is rare that style restrictions are accurate or necessary.

And yet…

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