Lawyers and staffers buzzed through the halls wearing dresses that Jackie herself would have loved. Abstract patterns, peplums and black, belted sheaths. A pop of color in pink or peeptoe goldenrod pumps. A nude shoe and black blazer to balance a bright pattern. These women have brains and beauty. These ladies are savvy and fierce!
Many women, like myself, wore flats. I'm not normally a sensible-shoe kind of gal, but I've heard from many of my girlfriends who clock many steps on their pedometers every session what those marble floors can do to a woman's feet.
Still, women such as Delegate Suzette Raines were wearing fabulous heels. Even though she missed out on walking in the High Heel Hike at Charleston Town Center Mall earlier that morning because of her role at the Statehouse, Raines took plenty of steps that Saturday in a pair of beautiful navy pumps with eyelet cutouts. They are great for work -- sensible but not at all matronly.
Shoes weren't the only accessory making statements in the Statehouse. Susan Hill is known for her love of jewelry. She also brings a feminine flair to the office look. A gray heather skirt, ruffled blouse and a black cardigan with sequin trim are tied together with a black belt and a black and pewter necklace. She holds another piece from her collection -- a floral statement necklace. She is very put together and this look could easily go from day to evening. I love that Hill brings sparkle to outfits through jewelry or accents, like the trim on her cardigan.
Jewel tones brighten like precious stones and look amazing on every complexion. An amethyst blouse is stunning on Hill, and a light sapphire satin jacket is a bright and smart look for Delegate Meshea Poore.
Fashion homework: Try out jewel tones and find one that brightens your eyes and smile. You'll be surprised how great you look and how many compliments you'll receive.
Fashion-forward thought: I love when someone pushes the envelope a bit, just peeling back one of the corners. The real point of fashion is exploring and identifying your own personal style.
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