Lifestyle 18 September 2017
Women are doing more and more to make their voices heard. They are making bold moves in their careers and at home. More women are entering into fields such as politics, science, technology and they are starting more businesses.
The fashion industry has surely recognized this and for fall 2017 designers are offering clothing that will help these strong women tell their story at work. From the power pant suit, to bold red, to plaid and metallic prints and everything in between, these trends are perfect for any woman who is making strides in her career.
1. The Pant Suit
How's that for a trend that's perfect to wear to work? Power pant suits are the backbone for fall 2017 and they are completely customizable. Create a pantsuit outfit that best speaks to your personal style / brand and office dress code. You could wear a trendy oversized jacket with oversized pants in this season's hottest color- red. Or for a modern look wear a long, tailored jacket with slim pants in plaid. If a classic style is more your taste go for a double breasted jacket with trouser pants in a neutral grey or navy.
2. The Mule Loafer
The “It" shoe for fall brings comfort, ease, style, versatility and it happens to be a great commuting shoe. The mule loafer can be worn with skirts and pants and it could be dressed up or down. If your day consists of back to back meetings pair the mule loafer with black pants, a white shirt and a plaid menswear inspired blazer. For casual Friday take those same mule loafers and wear them with a midi skirt and western blouse.
3. Wild West
This fall's take on western wear is tough cowgirl chic. We're talking cowboy hats and boots, leather, fringe, western tops, cow prints, cactus prints, and more. So how can one possibly incorporate a western inspired look in a NYC modern office? Well for one you could wear a floral or pleated maxi skirt with a denim top, cowboy booties and a fringe jacket. Or, add a fringe vest to a long sleeve blouse, leather pants and cowboy booties. Both are perfect outfits for a casual day at the office.
4. Red Hot
Speaking of fashion and power, it's no surprise that the color of the season is red. Pantone has named Grenadine as one of the top 10 colors for fall 2017 and describes it as, “A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter". It's bright, bold and statement making which makes it the perfect color for any professional woman. Show the world you're fearless by wearing a red sweater with a red skirt and black pumps to your next executive meeting. If you're looking for a bold yet understated look, pair a red blouse with a grey or camel colored pant. And, if red isn't your thing, burgundy is coming in a close 2nd for the top color of the season.
5. Statement Earrings
From large hoops, to long earrings to big mismatched earrings the message is- go big or go home. A bold accessory, like statement earrings, help people notice and remember you- a plus for women in business. My favorite thing about this trend is that it's a great way to incorporate your personal style in your outfit. If you're quirky, try a mismatched look with a chandelier earring in one ear and a long earring in the other. If you lean towards a more clean and modern look, go for large hoop earrings.
6. Cuff 'Em
Sweaters for fall 2017 are not only comfy and cozy, but they also incorporate many fun elements like ruffles, embroideries and balloon sleeves. But sweater cuffs with details such as ties, fluted cuffs, ruffles, bows, zippers and slits are taking sweaters, and wrists, to a whole new level. Get pumped to go to work a blustery Monday morning by wearing a burgundy cashmere tie sleeve sweater with navy pants and block heel booties.
7. Menswear Inspired
Menswear inspired prints like plaid, checks, houndstooth and pinstripes, tailored jackets and ties are now being found in the women's ready to wear section. While the inspiration comes from the fellas, women are taking these items and making them all their own. For a day of tough negotiations wearing a plaid midi dress with red pumps will help you stay in the zone.
8. Luxurious Velvet
Celebrities, models and everyday gals are sporting the most sought-after fabric for fall, velvet. Velvet can take any clothing item and convert it into a fabulous, head-turning outfit - which is why it's perfect to wear to the office. A velvet pantsuit or velvet skirt with a white button down shirt are great ways to infuse this trend in your workwear. Don't be afraid by the material - more often than not it has a slimming effect and can enhance your figure.
Stylist Tip- When wearing velvet make sure to keep the outfit simple. Velvet offers enough pop so don't overdo it by adding big prints or too many accessories.
9. Furry Bags
Whether it's a tote, a clutch, a bucket bag or satchel, fur (real or faux fur) is what's making these bags fresh and fabulous for Fall. These furry bags offer just the right amount of pop to help complete an outfit.
You could take a classic pinstripe pant suit and add an all-over pink fur tote for a fun office look. Also, taking a cue from the younger set of girls, poof or fur balls are a wonderful accessory for your accessory. Take your current bag and clip on a fur ball and viola, you've got an on trend furry bag.
10. Heavy Metal
Once reserved only for formal wear, metallic prints can now be found in jackets, skirts, pants, dresses, shoes and much more. While silver and gold dominate the metallic color palette other colors like pink, blue and green are popping up. Depending on your work dress code you could wear head to toe metallic or choose a staple piece like a skirt, jacket or top as the metallic item and layer in non-metallic items.
Fall 2017 is truly made for today's modern working woman. The trends this season lean towards appropriate workwear, yet still offer many innovative and fun ways for her to showcase her own sense of style.
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I live the pain and stress of being black in America every day: I am a black woman, the mother of a black son, sister to black men, and aunt to my black nephews. I remember what it was like as a young girl to be afraid to go to Howard Beach for fear of being chased out. I know what it's like to walk on Liberty Avenue and be called "nigger" and being so young that I didn't understand what the word meant, I had to ask my mother. I know too well that feeling in the pit of your stomach when a police car pulls up behind you and even though you know you haven't done anything wrong you fear that your life may be in danger from what should be a simple encounter. Like all African Americans, I am tired of this burden.
African Americans have a long history of having to fight for our humanity in America. We have had to fight for freedom, we have had to fight for equality, and we have had to fight for our lives. The fight continues to go on. I have often quoted that line from the character Sophia in Alice Walker's The Color Purple, "All my life I had to fight." When I say this to my white counterparts it can sometimes be uncomfortable because it's clear that they just don't get it. They view it as melodramatic. But it's not. It's part of the black experience, and it is the part of the black experience that black people don't want.
I have often quoted that line from the character Sophia in Alice Walker's The Color Purple, "All my life I had to fight."
While I was out yesterday, passing out PPE and talking to people, a woman asked me, "What is it going to take for this to change?" I told her that I think peaceful protesting is a good start. But it's just the start. We can't elect the same people for the past 20-30 years, some in the same positions, and then talk about how nothing has changed in the past 30 years.
This injustice, inequality, and inequity will not spontaneously disappear. It will take bold, outspoken, and fearless leadership to eradicate the systemic racism in our country. We must address the violence at the hands of a police force paid to serve and protect us. We must address the recurring experience of black people being passed over for a promotion and then being asked to train the white person who was hired. We must address the inequities in contract opportunities available to black businesses who are repeatedly deemed to lack the capacity. We must address the disparity in the quality of education provided to black students. We must address the right to a living wage, health care, and sick pay.
While we like to regard the system as broken, I've come to believe the system is working exactly as it was meant to for the people who are benefiting from it. We need a new system. One that works for all of us. I am running to become the mayor of New York City because I can't assume there's another person who has the courage to do the work that needs to be done to create a fair and just city.
We can't elect the same people for the past 20-30 years, some in the same positions, and then talk about how nothing has changed in the past 30 years.
There are some things we may not be able to change in people, but at this moment I think that whether you are black, white, purple, or yellow we all should be looking internally to see what is one thing that you can do to change this dynamic. Here's where we can start:
If we want change, we need a total reform of police departments throughout this country. That is going to require taking a hard look at our requirements to become a police officer, our disciplinary procedures when civilian complaints are filed, and a review of what and how we police. No one deserves to lose their life based upon the accusation of carrying counterfeit cash. We also need to hold police officers accountable for their actions. While it is their duty to protect and serve they should not be above the law. Even at this very moment, police officers are overstepping their boundaries.
If we want change, we have to build a sense of camaraderie between the police and community. A sense of working together and creating positive experiences. We have to be honest about the fact that we haven't allowed that to happen because we have utilized our police department as a revenue-generating entity. We are more concerned with cops writing tickets than protecting and serving. Even during these moments of protest we are witness to the differences made when the police supported the protesters and stood hand in hand with them or took a knee. It resulted in less violence and more peaceful protest. People felt heard; people felt respected; people felt like they mattered.
While we like to regard the system as broken, I've come to believe the system is working exactly as it was meant to for the people who are benefiting from it. We need a new system.
If we want change, we have to be willing to clean house. And that means that some of you are going to have to step up to the plate and take roles of leadership. In my city alone, there are 35 city council seats that are term-limited in 2021. There are some that aren't termed but maybe their term should be up. Step up to the plate and run. If nothing else it will let our elected officials see that they need to stop being comfortable and do more. We don't need you out in the street taking selfies or reporting the problems to us. We need solutions. We need you in a room implementing policies that will ensure that these things don't continue to happen.
If we want change, we need to support grassroots candidates that are not in corporate pockets, who are not taking PAC money, and who really want to make a difference to their community. We need candidates that know first-hand and can relate to the experiences that many of us are going through.
We are at a pivotal moment. It is inspiring to see people from all races and backgrounds in the streets protesting, standing up for justice, and wanting to see change. We must seize this moment, but we must also be mindful that change requires more.
People often ask me why I decided to run for office? I am running for me. I am running for the little girl that was called nigger on Liberty Avenue. For the woman who has been pulled over for no reason. For my nephew who was consistently stopped during the era of stop and frisk. I am running for your son, your brother, and your nephew. I am running so that the next generation will never have to say, "All my life I had to fight." Because although we won't stop until we see justice and changes that address inequality and inequity effectively, this fight is exhausting.