3 Style Must-Haves for an Executive Woman’s Image

April 12, 2021

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

Executive Image Consultant For Women Cassandra Sethi Wearing A CEO Style 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

11 Honore Plus Size V Neck Cashmere Sweater Worn As Part Of An Executive Image For Women

Image: 11 Honoré

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.

I love the plus-size V-neck cashmere sweater shown above from 11 Honoré, as well as this classic black turtleneck version from Nili Lotan.

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

Woman CEO Wearing Black Loafers For Executive Image Style

Image: Pinterest

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.

Ready to step up your female executive style? Check out my women’s personal styling services.

About the Author - Cassandra Sethi
About the Author - Cassandra Sethi

Personal Stylist & Image Consultant

Cassandra Sethi is a Personal Stylist and Founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a luxury Personal Styling and Shopping Service that helps successful professionals of all ages and sizes. After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, she used her expert knowledge to create a proprietary styling system called ‘The Next Level Wardrobe Style System' which guarantees clients more outfits with less items in their closet. NLW has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Tamron Hall Show, NY Mag, Huffington Post and more.

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