Don't be "matchy-matchy." You should feel free to mix and match prints and complementary colors. Pick a main color, then pick a print or a complementary color to accent it.
If you choose to wear heels, carry a bag big enough for a lightweight pair of flats. To save your feet, slip them on as you run from meeting to meeting or to interviews across town.
If you'll be out all day and have plans in the evening, pick an outfit that can easily transition with minor changes. For example, you may switch a suit jacket over a dress for a trendy bolero jacket, or stocking for patterned tights.
Think about value/investment pieces. Two or three classically cut wardrobe staples, like a neutral jacket, skirt and pumps, can be worn over and over by changing accessories and blouses.
If you're self-conscious about your height, make yourself look taller with a simple optical illusion: Wear stockings and footwear in the same color -- if you wear nude legwear, pick a nude pump etc.
Never ever forget a good foundation: Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed and fit well. Practice good hygiene and always wear supportive, functional, shape-flattering undergarments.
"All of this is really about feeling confident so you can do the work you want to do," Cunningham summarized. "All of the fashion in the world can't make up for a negative self-image."
She also said there is absolutely nothing wrong with positive self-talk. "Don't be afraid to give yourself a pep talk!"
Cunningham closed by reminding the audience to always be aware of their body language, be good listeners, and to practice efficient communication skills. But most important, "Be yourself. Recognize yourself for your beauty and talent."
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.