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Fashion Maniac: This suits me just fine!

This is the third Fashion Maniac post in the series. To see the first post on rocking scarves, click here. And the second on rain gear, click here.

Features Editor:  Claire Geist
Contributing Writer: Giovanni Centurione
All Photography & Managing Editor:  Cheryl Gorski
Stylist: Molly Hoeltke
Casting Director:  Christopher Connolly 
Make Up: Dani Weiser
Hair: James Hickey

This suits me just fine!: by Claire Geist
Although you might have to comply with some guidelines in your workplace, getting dressed for the office doesn’t mean leaving your personal style behind. The main goal of dressing for your job is exuding a sense of confidence and professionalism regardless of what your job title is (but you knew that already). Although it is true that what you wear speaks volumes about your character, with some tweaking and refining, you can look like a bigwig whether you’re getting coffee, groaning at a jammed copier, or heading a board meeting.

Since the evolution of style at the office peaked between the 50’s and 80’s, conservative and power-casual dressing has merged into what we now know as “Business Casual”. For men, this typically means a tennis shirt (a polo) and khakis while for women it’s… pretty much the same thing. There are many ways to jazz up the ‘casualty business casual’ with a sense of layering and accessorizing – the possibilities are literally endless when you get to know your job and your own sense of style.

The first step to office ‘fabulosity’ is investing in basics. For both men and women, tailoring to an excellent and comfortable fit is key when looking at suits, pants, skirts, you name it. For women, pants should be fitted, yet able to breathe and move around without any trace of panty lines. Skirts especially should be able to sit down, and blouses should never gab in-between buttonholes.  For men, blazers, shirts and cardigans need to always look sharp, so make sure your sleeves fit and have a seam that starts at the middle of your shoulder.

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Every woman should invest in an excellent black pencil skirt and tailored pair of pants while men should always have a great collection of button-downs.  Comfort is also incredibly important when you’re sitting at a desk or standing on your feet for hours, so remember to keep shoes sharp and chic, yet easy to move in. A sense of knowing your colors is super important. Red tends to be a color that people attribute to power and aggression. Navy sends a message of trustworthiness. Gray is conservative, and black is always chic and flattering on anybody. Working bright jewel-tones into any workplace ensemble is daring yet tricky. The safest way to go with bright colors is when they are on an accessory, not a piece of clothing, but if you intend on wearing that lime green chiffon ruffle top to work, wear it with a tailored black blazer and skirt to keep things balanced.

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The Bow Tie: A False Enigma

What do we attribute the bow tie with in American culture? Warren St. John of the New York Times I think put it eloquently enough:

“To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bow tie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.”

Bow ties got their break into fashion history when 17th century Croatian sailors would tie distinctive scarves around their necks in bows to keep their collars closed. The trend fully took off when it was seen all over France during the 18th and 19th centuries under the name “cravat”. Flash forward, and with the rise of Business Casual and power dressing in the 1980’s, the bow tie became a sort of weak and “old school” accompaniment to mainstream business attire when sharp angles and shoulder padding was in full swing. Thankfully, that era of style has passed, and the bow tie is once again on the rise in the workplace. The charming thing about bow ties is their ability to be socially conservative and zany all at once. With thousands upon thousands of patterns, colors and materials to choose from, they can be mixed and matched with clashing patterns, or worn with a crisp button-down to give a great pop of color to any ensemble. To men, we at Fashion Maniacs say, “Be daring and wear your bows with pride!”

Learn how to tie a bow tie here, and here.

Special Thanks To:
Schroder, Joseph & Associates
Nadja Piatka
LOOKING FOR MODELS!!!   If interested send your contact info to Christopher Connally.

Suit-Marc Rhyan via Lu Modern
Pearls-vintage via Modern Nostalgia

Skirt- BB Dakota via Half and Half
Shirt- Z by Zelda via Lu Modern
Blazer- E by E.C.I Petite via Second Chic
Vintage ascot
Shoes- Nine West


Bolero- Olga D. Polga via Modern Nostalgia
Pants- BB Dakota via Half and Half
Vintage necklace via Half and Half
Shoes- Madden Girl
Watch- fossil

Pants- French Connection via Urban Threads
Vest- vintage ( no name) via Second Chic
Shirt- Ben Sherman (men’s) via Urban Threads
Model’s own shoes
Necklaces- stylist’s own and Half and Half


Pants- Ivy Brown
Shirt- Bernard Dewitt
Stylist’s own bowtie
Hankerchief- Lu Modern
Vest- thrifted
Hat- Andlgela & William via Urban Threads
Shoes- thrifted

Shirt- Classic XMI via Lu Modern
Khakis- Riviera via Lu Modern
Jacket- Coppily via Urban
Model’s own shoes
Pants- Borgo Ognissanti 28 via Lu Modern
Tie- Uno Lorenzo via Urban
Shirt- Berend via Lu Modern
Polo- Penguin via Urban
Jacket – French Connection via Urban
Shirt (Ben Sherman),hat and belt via Urban
Pants- Riviera via Lu Modern
Lu Modern bowtie
Thrifted shoes


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Molly Hoeltke Stylist | 716-348-2362 | | Specializing in: Photography / Film, Editorial Spreads, Visual Merchandise, Store Front Windows
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Dani Weiser: Makeup Artist, 716-348-1239 | Make-up teacher, weddings, T.V., Film, Print and SFX.  Please call for any questions.
James Hickey : Hair Stylist & Painter  & 716-901-4499  | Specializing in:  Cut/Color, fashion photo shoots, run-way, weddings & social events, oil paintings/ custom interior design paintings.

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