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For high-powered female executives, it can feel challenging to strike a balance between looking stylish and conveying professionalism.
But as a corporate image consultant, I show successful women how to do exactly that.
Read on for 3 style must-haves for every executive woman’s closet.
#1 The Perfect Pantsuit
A great-fitting pantsuit in a core color is an essential pillar for every executive woman’s wardrobe.
Wear the pieces together for a serious power-dressing look, or wear them separately like I am in the photo above for a more laid-back, approachable vibe.
I love this light gray wool flannel pantsuit from Suitsupply featuring a single-breasted jacket.
This double-breasted black blazer from Henning is a great plus-size option when paired with the matching trousers.
Both are incredibly versatile and can be mixed with other core colors for a cool, cohesive look, or throw in a little color and pattern for a bolder look.
#2 A Luxurious Cashmere Sweater
An easy way to uplevel your executive look is to invest in better quality fabrics.
That’s why I often advise my corporate image consultant clients to invest in a beautiful cashmere sweater.
High-quality cashmere feels incredibly luxurious against the skin, and you can wear it alone or layered underneath a blazer or coat in colder weather.
Combined with a great pair of trousers, a cashmere sweater creates an easy go-to executive look that makes getting dressed easy.
#3 A Stylish Pair of Loafers
These days, so many of my clients are foregoing heels altogether for more comfortable, walkable flats — but they still need to make sure they look professional and put-together.
Loafers are a classic, dressy flat that will pair well with your pantsuits, skirts or even dresses.
(A bonus is that you’ll likely find yourself wearing these on the weekends with jeans, too!)
Look for a timeless style like the ones above in a core color such as black or brown for maximum versatility.
I also love these Aeyde Aurora loafers from Net-a-Porter with a sleek pointed toe.
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Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.