6 successful women share why personal style matters, even when no one else is looking

These female leaders will broaden your take on post-pandemic wardrobe essentials and help connect the “need” for personal style with your everyday push to feel great.

(From left to right) Clare Press, Sustainability Editor, Vogue; Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Office, Vice and fashion blogger, Jen Jean Pierre.

(From left to right) Clare Press, Sustainability Editor, Vogue; Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Office, Vice and fashion blogger, Jen Jean Pierre.Courtesy Clare Press, Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Jen Jean Pierre

As a wardrobe stylist, personal style matters to me regardless if I’m presenting on-stage, pitching to a potential client or doing an IG Live with another influencer. Just because I think it matters doesn’t make it so. Therefore, I decided to find out what other successful women had to say about personal style when no one is looking, especially in the Covid-19 era.

These six women have varying careers, lead different lives, reside in various locations and have developed their own style sensibilities. Nevertheless, they all share a common perspective: personal style does matter.

It’s an opportunity to reiterate the importance of image, choosing wisely and ‘showing up’ even when it’s just you.

I left the definition of personal style totally up to the individual but asked each woman to describe hers using a morning beverage and – spoiler alert – there is a preponderance of chai lattes!

What would be your morning beverage? For me, it’s a French vanilla coffee with a hint of Turkish cardamom spice sugar. Coffee with a little flavoring can seem pretty ordinary, but it’s the Turkish cardamom spice sugar that gives the beverage an unexpected kick – and that’s my style!

Collectively, this group will leave you wanting a stronger morning beverage and a more dedicated focus on how to bring your personal style A-game more often than not.

Michele Occhino, Founder, Bradley & Barnett Agency
Michele Occhino, Founder, Bradley & Barnett Agency

Michele Occhino, Founder, Bradley & Barnett Agency

This matcha tea drinker whose style is self-described as having “staying power with a natural jolt of energy” said personal style is her thermometer for how she’ll approach any day (i.e., comfy, casual, dressed-to-the-nines). It also helps to set the atmosphere for any professional situation. For example, if she’s suited and ready to do business, then others act accordingly.

Her wardrobe and essentials haven’t changed with the pandemic because she’s an essential worker so she sticks by her “Anne Fontaine white shirts, camel slacks, and metallic Tieks.”

Occhino said she’s “focusing hard on sustainability and is considering her wardrobe, driving and eating choices to be true to the cause of doing better by Mother Earth.” That includes incorporating more black, female-owned brands in her closet, and following influencers like Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, who is working directly to minimize the negative consequences of AI.

Lena Badr, Founder, Lena Badr Design
Lena Badr, Founder, Lena Badr Design

Lena Badr, Founder, Lena Badr Design

While Badr is a creative at heart, the morning beverage that best describes her personal style is simple: a straight-no-chaser Americano!

“It’s classic, strong and no-frills,” she said, which aligns with the fact that she wears a lot of black, denim and natural colors, focusing on great staples. For Badr, personal style matters 100 percent because it helps her retain a sense of normalcy, happiness and readiness for what’s ahead. “When I look put together, I feel put together,” she said. “That helps me take on the day!”

Although her three wardrobe staples have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic – from black cigarette pants, cashmere sweaters and black heels to leggings, AYR button-downs and luxe loungewear– it’s clear her aesthetic hasn’t budged from these classic staples!

Badr was inspired by Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, LaTosha Brown and the many Black organizers who mobilized voters during the state’s Senate runoffs this month. Her style takeaway from these leaders is that consistency counts: Stay the course.

Aside from following these trailblazers in the year ahead, Badr’s style goals include closet editing, thanks to yours truly and “The Creatives’ Closet.” She wants to be more selective about purchases that reflect consistency in how she shows up every day.

Clare Press, podcast host, Wardrobe Crisis
Clare Press, podcast host, Wardrobe CrisisCourtesy Clare Press

Clare Press, Podcast host, Wardrobe Crisis

As the former sustainability editor for Vogue (she left the magazine last year), Press isn’t just pushing for the increased use of second-hand and repaired goods, but of moving toward clothes designed with the circular economy in mind.

The founder of the podcast, Wardrobe Crisis, she makes her mission clear with her personal style morning beverage: organic green juice followed by an espresso.

She likes her fashion healthy – good for people and the planet – and favors “bold, talking-point pieces.” For Press, the small details count: “red lipstick or an unusual button make me feel good in a simple, uncomplicated way.”

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