As a self proclaimed girly-girl who started my career coding software, I never felt like I fit in with my male colleagues at work. I felt like I had to “dull my sparkle” so I could increase my credibility. And while I was able to climb the corporate ladder, I lacked fulfillment because I wasn’t being true to myself. It wasn’t until I united my business sense with my love of feminine colors, flowy dresses, cashmere cardigans, and open-toe heels, that I found success with fulfillment.
Throughout my 20-year career working at companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Accenture and more, I’ve learned that substance and style are not mutually exclusive. You can be a smart, driven, accomplished woman and love style too! In fact, being smart means recognizing the power of style and using it as an asset. But it needs to be authentic – what you wear needs to be inextricably connected with who you are and what you believe. When you pair the substance of who you are with what you wear, it opens doors and creates opportunities.
DB Style is Redefining
HEAD-to-TOEso women can align who they are with what they wear for greater impact and joy at work and in life.
DB Must Haves
- Jenna Lyons
- Sienna Miller
- Rosie Huntington-Whitely
- Textured notebook
- Minimalist business card holder
- Structured tote
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.Epictetus
I love this quote by Epictetus because I believe that knowing who you are, believing in yourself, and showing it to the world is the foundation for everything great; in fact, it’s the key to realizing your greatest potential.
I live by three ideas when I’m making decisions that affect everything from work to my wardrobe.
Quality over quantity
People are shocked by my closet because I don’t have many items. But what I do have, I love. Simply put, I don’t take anything on in my life that doesn’t move my world.
Doubt = No
If it’s not an enthusiastic “yes,” it’s a “no.” Whether it’s an item of clothing or an opportunity that comes my way, I don’t spend energy on anything unless it aligns with my core.
Improve on what exists
Only buying what I love lets me exponentially increase my outfit potential because I’m always adding to a solid base. In any situation, why start over when you can take something good and make it great!