Wednesday, 29 January 2014

WIELDING POWER

"Elegance can wield power, attract attention, sway emotions and fuel seduction" as quoted from December issue of The Magazine. It was never my intention to create a distance when I decided to uphold the legal profession's dress code by wearing corporate outfits, however, it was brought to my attention that the seriousness of my looks created a barrier causing some people to feel perhaps a little intimidated. That was when I decided that sporting the corporate look, should perhaps be "softened" to reduce it's wielding effect of power dressing. Working in a small town, it would appear as if the image of a corporate women is found overpowering, hence my decision to water it down slightly. I cannot completely veer away from the collared shirt and blazer, but do succeed in introducing an element of casual style to my daily look when I am not  attending tribunals or formal meetings. I decided to wear my plaid shirt in a sort of a casual way, still allowing it to be stepped up to a more serious look which can easily be created  by merely adding on a blazer kept on standby, in spite of combining it with jeans. To my mind, the heels take it to the level of a borderline outfit. It also lessens the effect if you ad a few pieces of funky jewellery, giving the look something of a playfulness.
 
 
 
 Jeans - Belle Epoque
Shirt - Custom tailored
Bracelet- Pink Pussy Accessories
Belt- Hermes
Shoes - Topshop
Sunglasses - Dior
Handbag - Prada
 
 

35 comments:

  1. What wise words you've shared with us today! And your outfit perfectly mirrors your words. Well done! You look fabulous, and I love the design of those shoes!

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    1. Thank you Sue, I am smitten with the shoes, and have been looking for a two tones for quite a while, and the timing was perfect as they were marked down considerably online!
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  2. Great look, but I love the sunglasses and shoes especially! Modern and witty!

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    1. Thank you Susan, I must say I was smitten with the shoes the first time a saw them, somewhat of a vintage feel about them!
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  3. It may be a challenge for you sometimes to find the right balance but you always manage perfectly well. Your looks are professional and classy yet the details and accessories make the stylish difference.
    As une femme said - your glasses and shoes are great!

    Annette | Lady of Style
    2 x 60€ Valentine's Legwear Giveaway

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    1. Thank you Annette, likewise, I adore your style!
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  4. Great look and cute bag! Kisses.
    http://www.solaanteelespejo.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thanks so much, great comment coming from a style guru like you!
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  5. I think you did a wonderful job here, Nicolene. Stylish, elegant, professional and still very creative look. I adore the accessories! Bravo! :)

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  6. Lovely outfit and the accessories are "to die for". I am a new follower via blogloving. Sara

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    1. Welcome and thank you, and love to the country where I spent my youth on a kibbutz at Sdot Yam!
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  7. Nice words and your Style is well balanced...Charming look!

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  8. Even with such a casual look, you look elegant. The shirt is gorgeous and the shoes are cute. Magnificent jewelry.

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  9. You did a great job. I like your style very much. I have to admit though I just love strict business attire. There is something very appealing about it. For me it is powerful yet sexy. I used to wear business clothes and felt like CEO of a big corporation although I was just a marketing manager in a global company. Now even with my MBA I feel free working as a makeup artist wearing whatever I feel like but not as powerful. Only strong that I can do what I enjoy what is my hobby.

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    1. Thank you Martina, I agree, Imhave more confidence in strict corporate clothes, perhaps a Black suit, White shirt and high heels. However, being allowed to dress more creatively is very liberating, you are so lucky to be able to dress in both ways doing a job you love! Have a great day, hope we can meet one day when we travel again!
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  10. Amazing look, I love your shirt and your shoes a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Always super stylish, my dear!!!!
    Have a great week darling!!!!

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    1. Thanks dear, I have serious standards to live up to with the likes of you and other fellow bloggers! Such fun to take inspiration from each other!! Have a marvellous week!
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  11. I love the shoes and bag! I know what you mean about toning it down a bit. I think I can have the same issue. When you enjoy experimenting with clothing this can happen. I forget that not everyone sees clothing as a creative passion. A basic plaid blouse is always a winning look. I could see it also with your beautiful skirts.

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    1. Thank you Ann, I will certainly consider it with a skirt, how nice to take inspiration from fellow blogger's ideas!
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  12. Nicolene, you have such amazing variety in the "vibes" you embrace and do well, I have a hard time seeing you as inaccessible. You look polished at all times, but that in itself isn't intimidating. I'm sure you should dress exactly as you wish, but I also know you have the ability to instantly determine the tone of any outfit you put together.
    I'd love to be intimidating for about 5 minutes ...

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    1. Thank you Jan, you always give such constructive comments, I appreciate your support!
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  13. Wonderful ensemble, and I want and love your shoes
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  14. What a cute look. I especially love your top, shoes and sunglasses. So chic. Cat eye glasses always look so sophisticated. You look great!

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  15. Nicolene, I am so sorry I have been absent commentin for quiete a time but you shoud know that I always enjoy looking at your great ensembles. This one is no exception. You master to to always look super polished but still being comfortable. The design especially the decoltee of these shoes are so eyecatching, the phyton pattern makes it even more special. I can totally see you wearing this gingham blouse with a pencil skirt :-)

    Hope you are doing great!

    ani
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    1. Thank you dear Ani, I fall into the same habit of following but not always setting time aside to comment, I suppose we have the same kind of pressure workwise, however, I also continue to take inspiration from your beautiful outfits. Thank you for commenting and for your kind words.
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  16. I love gingham and this shirt is such a simple and timeless way to wear it! Love!

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