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Ask A Stylist: How to Dress Stylish for Work

Valerie Halfon

www.shopwithval.com

"Think personal shoppers are just for the rich and famous? Think again. Just like you, I always believed this service should be affordable so that anyone who needs wardrobe and styling assistance can be provided with it. That’s why I started Shop With Val.  "

Why did you become a stylist?
1) I became a stylist to help middle class people, shopping on a budget, and simply to help people look and feel their best. There is no better feeling than knowing you have helped boost a person's self esteem and confidence level through the clothing you dress them in.
What is the most common workplace style problem you encounter and what's your solution?
2) The most common workplace style problem I encounter is that people are often unaware how to dress their body type. There are countless great trends in fashion, but it is important to know which ones work for you. My solution to this is to breakdown a person's physique and give them pointers on colors and styles that flatter them and enhance their assets, while also teaching them what to stay away from.
What fashion item can you not live without?
3) I cannot live without my nude heels - they work with all colors and prints, all year round! They even make your legs look longer!
What is you favorite city to shop in?
4) My favorite city to shop in would have to be in NYC. Although I loved my time shopping in London, I'm not sure there is anywhere in the world where you can have access to designers from all around the globe and find Old Navy on one corner and Chanel across the street. It's a beautiful selection no matter what your taste, style or budget is.

5 tips on how to dress stylish for work this fall/winter!

1) Meteorologists are predicting a brutal winter ahead! Look good while bundling up in a shearling lined coat this season.

2) We're seeing brights all over the runways this season! Swap those dark and dreary hues for bold and bright colors and prints. It will help kick those winter blues, and is sure to exude plenty of confidence. This trend promises to get you noticed! 

3) Stocking up on sweaters this season won't be a problem. Invest in chunky knitwear for those chilly days. Monochrome looks such as this one are extra sleek.

4) Dabble with Normore (normal + hardcore), a unisex fashion trend, characterized by unpretentious, simple-looking clothing. You'd be surprised how good you feel after ditching those feminine and frilly pieces. Remember, tailoring is key with this trend!

5) Bring out your inner flower child. Designers like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton were clearly inspired by their favorite 60s icons. Trapeze dresses, patent Mary-Janes, and pastel colors are all appropriate for the work place. They will be sure to bring a fresh carefree vibe with them.