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10 Fall Must-Haves For Your Work Wardrobe

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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

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.

Red Hot

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

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.

Culture

A Modern Day Witch Hunt: How Caster Semenya's Gender Became A Hot Topic In The Media

Gender divisions in sports have primarily served to keep women out of what has always been believed to be a male domain. The idea of women participating alongside men has been regarded with contempt under the belief that women were made physically inferior.


Within their own division, women have reached new heights, received accolades for outstanding physical performance and endurance, and have proven themselves to be as capable of athletic excellence as men. In spite of women's collective fight to be recognized as equals to their male counterparts, female athletes must now prove their womanhood in order to compete alongside their own gender.

That has been the reality for Caster Semenya, a South African Olympic champion, who has been at the center of the latest gender discrimination debate across the world. After crushing her competition in the women's 800-meter dash in 2016, Semenya was subjected to scrutiny from her peers based upon her physical appearance, calling her gender into question. Despite setting a new national record for South Africa and attaining the title of fifth fastest woman in Olympic history, Semenya's success was quickly brushed aside as she became a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.

Semenya's gender became a hot topic among reporters as the Olympic champion was subjected to sex testing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to Ruth Padawer from the New York Times, Semenya was forced to undergo relentless examination by gender experts to determine whether or not she was woman enough to compete as one. While the IAAF has never released the results of their testing, that did not stop the media from making irreverent speculations about the athlete's gender.

Moments after winning the Berlin World Athletics Championship in 2009, Semenya was faced with immediate backlash from fellow runners. Elisa Cusma who suffered a whopping defeat after finishing in sixth place, felt as though Semenya was too masculine to compete in a women's race. Cusma stated, "These kind of people should not run with us. For me, she is not a woman. She's a man." While her statement proved insensitive enough, her perspective was acknowledged and appeared to be a mutually belief among the other white female competitors.

Fast forward to 2018, the IAAF issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) that apply to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m hurdles races, 800m, and 1500m. The regulations created by the IAAF state that an athlete must be recognized at law as either female or intersex, she must reduce her testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L continuously for the duration of six months, and she must maintain her testosterone levels to remain below 5 nmol/L during and after competing so long as she wishes to be eligible to compete in any future events. It is believed that these new rules have been put into effect to specifically target Semenya given her history of being the most recent athlete to face this sort of discrimination.

With these regulations put into effect, in combination with the lack of information about whether or not Semenya is biologically a female of male, society has seemed to come to the conclusion that Semenya is intersex, meaning she was born with any variation of characteristics, chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals. After her initial testing, there had been alleged leaks to media outlets such as Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper which stated that Semenya's results proved that her testosterone levels were too high. This information, while not credible, has been widely accepted as fact. Whether or not Semenya is intersex, society appears to be missing the point that no one is entitled to this information. Running off their newfound acceptance that the Olympic champion is intersex, it calls into question whether her elevated levels of testosterone makes her a man.

The IAAF published a study concluding that higher levels of testosterone do, in fact, contribute to the level of performance in track and field. However, higher testosterone levels have never been the sole determining factor for sex or gender. There are conditions that affect women, such as PCOS, in which the ovaries produce extra amounts of testosterone. However, those women never have their womanhood called into question, nor should they—and neither should Semenya.

Every aspect of the issue surrounding Semenya's body has been deplorable, to say the least. However, there has not been enough recognition as to how invasive and degrading sex testing actually is. For any woman, at any age, to have her body forcibly examined and studied like a science project by "experts" is humiliating and unethical. Under no circumstances have Semenya's health or well-being been considered upon discovering that her body allegedly produces an excessive amount of testosterone. For the sake of an organization, for the comfort of white female athletes who felt as though Semenya's gender was an unfair advantage against them, Semenya and other women like her, must undergo hormone treatment to reduce their performance to that of which women are expected to perform at. Yet some women within the athletic community are unphased by this direct attempt to further prove women as inferior athletes.

As difficult as this global invasion of privacy has been for the athlete, the humiliation and sense of violation is felt by her people in South Africa. Writer and activist, Kari, reported that Semenya has had the country's undying support since her first global appearance in 2009. Even after the IAAF released their new regulations, South Africans have refuted their accusations. Kari stated, "The Minister of Sports and Recreation and the Africa National Congress, South Africa's ruling party labeled the decision as anti-sport, racist, and homophobic." It is no secret that the build and appearance of Black women have always been met with racist and sexist commentary. Because Black women have never managed to fit into the European standard of beauty catered to and in favor of white women, the accusations of Semenya appearing too masculine were unsurprising.

Despite the countless injustices Semenya has faced over the years, she remains as determined as ever to return to track and field and compete amongst women as the woman she is. Her fight against the IAAF's regulations continues as the Olympic champion has been receiving and outpour of support in wake of the Association's decision. Semenya is determined to run again, win again, and set new and inclusive standards for women's sports.