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How to dress smart and look fabulous at work

“The Business Fashionista” is AZ Big Media’s fashion blog for the business-minded. It examines the dos, don’ts and musts of the modern fashionista who wants to stay in step with the latest trends in the workplace.

Not everyone is born with the same body shape.  We see women in movies wearing tight skirts and stilettos in the office.  But let’s be honest, it’s a look that’s hard to pull off, plus who can stand to wear stilettos for 7+ hours?  Like different hairstyles and makeup looks, fashion is a tool used to bring out your best features.  What should matter is that you feel comfortable and look great with what you’re wearing, all while looking professional in the workplace.  Here are a few tips for dressing for your body type.

Hourglass:  If you have an hourglass shape, you have a thin waist, ample chest and curvy hips.  You can add emphasis to your waist by wearing a pencil skirt that stops right above the knee.  Pair a coral pink skirt with a simple white blouse tucked in and a pinstripe blazer.  Vertical stripes can actually help to downplay your curves.  Tie the whole look together with a pair of nude/beige heels or flats.

Blazer:  http://www.choies.com Coral Pencil Skirt:  http://www.riverisland.com

Blazer: http://www.choies.com; Coral Pencil Skirt: http://www.riverisland.com

Inverted Triangle:  Women with this body shape have broader hips than shoulders and a tapered waist.  For this body shape,  don’t immediately go for a pencil skirt.  If you want to draw less attention to your hips, opt for a skirt that’s more loose-fitting and pair it with a ruffled blouse.  You still want to show off those curvy, confident legs!  Try the “Peppered Tweed Midi Skirt” from The Loft and pair it with a white, black, or baby pink blouse.

 Blouse:  http://www.polyvore.com Skirt:  http://www.loft.com Shoes:  http://www.modcloth.com Blazer:  http://www.stellamccartney.com/us

Blouse: http://www.polyvore.com; Skirt: http://www.loft.com; Shoes: http://www.modcloth.com; Blazer: http://www.stellamccartney.com/us

Triangle:  The triangle body shape is characterized by a trim waist, shapely legs, big bust and broad hips.  Try wearing loose fitting blouses without ruffles or patterns to draw attention away from your chest. You really know how to pull off V-neck shirts, just make to keep it appropriate for the office by wearing a cami underneath.  Blouses with loose, three-quarter length sleeves add emphasis as well.  Pair off your top with black or grey pants suits that add emphasis to your well-sculpted legs.  And don’t forget about the shoes!
Collage - Triangle

Ruler: Women with this shape have a slender figure, usually characteristic of being an athletic or sports look.  Women with this shape often struggle to define their waist, so the easiest fix is pairing a skirt with a big belt to add definition.  Pair a beige pencil skirt and brown belt with a cute ruffled top and navy blue blazer.  Pull the look together with these super cute 1920’s-esque heels. And don’t forget to accessorize with a watch or bracelet!

Belt:  http://www.tillys.com; Shoes:  http://www.modcloth.com; Blazer and blouse:  http://www.polyvore.com

Belt: http://www.tillys.com; Shoes: http://www.modcloth.com; Blazer and blouse: http://www.polyvore.com


Sustainable Fashion Brands: Beautiful in Every Way

Earth day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. What better way to show your support for Mother Earth than indulging yourself in eco-friendly luxury items.

This new breed of high-end designers are throwing out the ever so popular idea of the “granola and hemp” lifestyle and putting sustainable products on the market. Here are a few of the stylish sustainable fashion brands there.

avilanAvilan’s Storied Diamonds

The Avilan story began with a seed. This local company realized that it was time to improve the way the diamond industry operates and created the Storied Diamond. Since the diamond is the ultimate expression of love, Avilan buys and sells sustainable diamonds to maintain a deep admiration and respect for human rights and the environment. You can find out more about Avilan’s at avilandiamonds.com.


SUNO is a New York based, women’s wear label founded in 2009 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. With eye-popping prints coming from vintage African textiles, this line is really starting to heat up. Osterweis has considered Kenya a second home for quite some time and wanted to incorporate a line inspired by the post-election violence threatening to damage the economy and industry in Kenya. The business has evolved to include production in Kenya, Peru, India and New York. You can find more about the SUNO collections at sunony.com.

StellaMcCartneyStella McCartney

Stella McCartney isn’t just a vegetarian looking to make clothes; she is an environmentally friendly designer and has a line that uses biodegradable, raw and natural products to make her company more sustainable and ethical. Stella refuses to use leather, skins or any animal furs in their products as she want to lead by example in a sustainable industry.

In 2012, Stella reduced her carbon emissions, waste and water usage resulting from the production of products and services by 25 percent. You can find more on Stella’s creations at stellamccartney.com.

AutmnAle-1EE Cuffs

Veronica Gadea founded EE Cuffs in March of 2011 with a desire to create fashionable accessories that anyone could wear. Inspired by the environment to make “wearable art,” Gadea uses elements found in everyday life to craft these mesmerizing one-of-a-kind accessories. These cuffs can be found in the Washington D.C. Area and also online. From wooden cuffs with embellishments to vintage and recreated paper cuffs, you just can’t go wrong. You can find more of these exclusive creations at eecuffs.com.


Hearts is a Scottsdale based, eco-friendly fashion business with the hopes to “promote change from purchasing power.” By making this venture as sustainable as possible, owner Hart Cunningham looks to make his entrepreneur-generated-philanthropy mindset a worldwide success for the business itself as well as the environment. By seeking out fine artisans and craftsman, Hearts is able to market exclusive pieces while preserving the beauty of the world. You can learn more about the Hearts movement at hearts.com.