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Men: Dress to Impress and Make Boss Moves With Your Office Style

If you want to upgrade your professional life, take heed to how you look

Fellas, let’s take a minute out of our schedules to clear the lines between appropriate…

By Daron Pressley

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Enforcing Public Dress Codes: Discrimination, Health Issue or Just Plain Nonsense?

Fashion freedom and style censorship are expanding beyond the office. Is it fair?

Cities are banning sagging pants, with a recent alleged arrest in South Carolina for the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Nicki Minaj Factor: 3 Career Lessons on Rebranding For Milliennials

Millennials: Take a cue on tone-down image when making career transitions

Nicki Minaj’s toned-down image teaches not only a lesson or two in style, but in…

By Courtney Connley

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Professional Perceptions: Do the Clothes Really Make the Man?

Popular 'suit' meme brings questions of perceptions vs. reality in the workplace

A popular meme sparks question of whether perceptions match reality. Take a poll to give…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Author and Business Consultant Audra Bohannon Talks Work-Life Balance

Leading executive details tips to boost your career

Audra Bohannon, a Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit alumna and leading business consultant, talks…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power OOTD: Spring-Hued Coats to Warm Up Winter Looks

Make a statement with pastel outerwear

These picks from Ebony.com contributor Kela Walker will give you plenty of options to top…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Color Code: What Do the Hues You Wear to Work Say About You?

Survey: Recruiters favor black and blue as exuding leadership and confidence

New survey of recruiters and HR professionals reveals the importance of attire and colors in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Violation: Rihanna’s Doobie And 5 Other Office Hair Faux Pas

Power women, stay away from common mistakes that could cost you your coin

Rihanna’s AMA awards look—Doobie pins and all—have everyone talking hair. Take a look at 4…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power OOTD: Working African Prints

A perfect starting point to add fun flair to your look

African prints are the perfect way to add flair and incorporate a hot fall trend…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: A Touch of Class in Thigh-High Boots

This trend can be pulled off at work without being risque

These high-high boots are not for street-walkers, but for power women who push the fashion…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power OOTD: Workin’ That Peplum

Popular trend can be both slimming and chic

Peplum has been quite the trendy fashion statement for several years. Here’s how to rock…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: Suit Up In Houndstooth

How to rock a pattern that's making a subtle comeback

This black-and-white checked print is making a subtle comeback. Here’s how to rock it in…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: Leather Chic for the Office

How to rock one of fall's hottest trends without breaking dress code

It may not be in the dress-for-success playbook, but a little leather never hurt anybody.…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: Return of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T Suit

Separates are great, but get into classic tailoring for a polished look that wins

Separates are great, but there’s nothing like a tailored suit to say, ‘I mean business,’…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: Rockin’ the Classic Black and White

Nothing says, 'I mean business,' like this classic color pair

Nothing says ‘I mean business’ like a classic, tailored black-and-white ensemble at the office. Here’s…

By Shea Zephir

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Power OOTD: 6 Quick Tips to Usher in Pow Fall Office Fashion

This checklist will ensure you bring the chic at work this season

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As the world watches New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, BlackEnterprise.com is ushering…

By Shea Zephir

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Suite Style: In Summer Footwear, White is the New Black

Maximize light and metallic-hued heels to make outfits pop

Throw that age-old fashion rules to the wind and have fun with light and metallic…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Maximize 5 Pieces for Week’s Worth of Fab

New challenge: Limit the items but not the chic

Check out how to stretch your closet via just five pieces for a fab work…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: One Week of Chic, From Day to Night

Several options to take you from the office to happy hour with ease

Want an effortless look that you can take from the office to happy hour with…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Kate Young On Target for Spring Chic

Add another hot collab to your closet for posh office look

Target is at it again with another limited-edition, designer collab that will mean more hot…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: First Lady Look for Less

Take an affordable cue from Michelle Obama's fashion savvy

We all love the First Lady’s savvy sense of style. With help from the Style…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: High-Heel Hiatus

Give those feet a break with fab flats

This season, flats are beyond basic and on trend, serving up more umph than frump…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Fashion Donations That Pay Off

While on your shopping hiatus, consider H&M's latest Conscious campaign

H&M’s latest Conscious campaign is a great way to purge your closet and give back—…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Haute Hair

Consider your signature spring look today

A polished look starts from head to toe, so be sure to consider what your…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Feeding Spring (Fashion) Cravings

Pull out those brights, prints and florals to usher in the season

Ready or not, spring cravings are too strong to wait for March 20. Time to…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Challenge Yourself & Shop Your Closet

Take time to curb shopping and rock pieces you haven't worn

According to reports, women only wear 20% of the clothes in their closet. Here’s a…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Office Edge with Leather

Whether it's an accent or main attraction, here's how to work it into your wardrobe

Contrary to the old-school taboo, you can work leather in the office without looking tough…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: Affordable Fashion in Fun, Girly Prints

JC Penney makes hot fashion resurgence with latest collabs

Find awesome designer looks for less from an unlikely retailer, JC Penney, with latest Duro…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Office Chic for Now … And Later

With spring fever in full effect, you can incorporate the looks into winter wardrobe

Spring fever is in the air, from retailers to the runways. Here’s how to incorporate…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Laced with Sophistication

Often considered too risque, this versatile fabric can be mixed into your work wear

Though often considered risque, this versatile fabric can be incorporated into your office looks. Here’s…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Get Head-to-Toe Office Chic Online

Best places to shop for the perfect work-wear looks

With many retail sites offering free shipping options and real-time fashion styling, its a prime…

By Kéla Walker

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7 (Legal) Reasons Your Look Could Get You Fired

You might be surprised by what is justifiable by law in terms of office style

You might be surprised by what’s justified in the court of law when it comes…

By Sasha King

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Style Suite: Over-the-Knee and Work-Friendly

Not just for after five, the OTK boot works in and out of the office

Over-the-knee (OKT) boots aren’t just for after five. You can make them a chic and…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Yet Another Hit Designer Collab with Target

Prabal Gurung looks are a must-have asset to your power look

Just in time for this day of love, Target has released yet another designer collection…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: A Black and White Matter

Contrasting color-blocking makes a sharp and chic statement

Seen on numerous runways, two basic colors come together for a contrast that’s more sharp…

By Kéla Walker

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Bringing Sexy Back: How Much is Too Much in the Workplace?

Recent court ruling leads to reevaluation of aptitude vs. appearance

With a recent Iowa supreme court ruling making it lawful to axe workers who are…

By Jamie Harrison

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The color of elegance and beauty, emerald green can enhance your sense of well-being, balance and harmony. Here are five hot picks to help incorporate the jewel-toned hue  into your new year and new style. ---Kéla Walker

(Check out how to style the pieces here.)

Style Suite: Green with (Color) Envy

Wear this color of the year to start 2013 on fashionable foot

With emerald being the ‘Color of 2013,’ here are a few pieces to add to…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Your New Year’s (Fashion) Resolution

Make emerald part of the new, fashionably forward you

As you usher out the old and move in the new, be sure you keep…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Professional in Plaid

A new, fun take on an old, traditional print

Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Hollywood’s elite have been spotted in tartan, proving…

By Kéla Walker

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Tartan ---or plaid, as it's commonly called---is a must-have print for your wardrobe. Here are a few hot picks to choose from. ---Kéla Walker
(Find out how to style the looks here.)

Style Suite: 5 Perfect Tartan Picks for Work

Plaid is the must-have print to give your look pop

Tartan —or plaid, as it’s commonly called—is a must-have print for your wardrobe. Here are…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Rediscover the Statement Piece

This key accessory adds instant fab for the holidays

A fab neck adornment is a great way to dazzle and shine through the season…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Wrapped in Savvy Chic with the Dress of the Season

Turn to a flattering look in hot prints and colors as a convenient staple

Reach for a wrap dress, a little all-purpose number that will serve your needs for…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Hats Off to Stellar Professional Polish

Don your fly fedora---whether it's to work or in the office

Hats add that extra accent to top off a polished ensemble. Anyone can wear a…

By Kéla Walker

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These items, from the Target and Neiman Marcus collaboration with the world's top designers, will ensure you keep a bit of luxe in your closet---at an affordable price.
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Style Suite: Affordable Luxe Items Perfect for the Office

The Target + Neiman Marcus collab offers fine classics for cheap chic

These items, from the Target and Neiman Marcus designer collaboration, are must-haves for a polished…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Incorporate Affordable Luxe into Your Power Looks

Target's latest designer collab makes high-end style that much more accessible

With Target’s latest designer collab, including items from Tracy Reese, you can be chic and…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: You’ve Got Office Fab in the Bag

Carry your essentials in functional fashion

From makeup to smartphones to practically the kitchen sink, carry all your necessities in style…

By Kéla Walker

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Stock your closet with a wide range of this season's must-have staple: tights. From dresses and skirts to off-duty shorts, you can pair them with everything to combat that cold-day chill. ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Top Legwear Picks for the Office

You can be warm and stylish in these glam tights

Be warm and stylish in these glam tights, perfect for the office.

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Keeping it ‘Tight’ in Chic Winter Legwear

From solid hues to prints, don't be afraid to push the envelope

Don’t let old man winter keep you from donning chic skirts and dresses. Just step…

By Kéla Walker

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Check out a variety of jumpsuit options that are perfect for the office. Layer with sweaters, blazers and accessories or simply wear alone. Either way, you'll be a hit. ---Kéla Walker  (Image by Knightmare6 Photography)

Style Suite: 5 Chic Jumpsuits for the Office

Get into these versatile pieces for an easy, go-to look

Here are some great one-piece picks to add to your work wardrobe for an easy,…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Jumpsuits Aren’t Just For Play

Add these power pieces to make a polished yet chic statement in the office

From slim-fit and sleeveless to long and loose, it’s one of the most versatile pieces…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 1 Hot Dress, 3 Chic Office-Friendly Looks

Optimize your closet for maximum wear of what you already have

Before shopping for new things, here’s how you can optimize your closet to get maximum…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Well-Vested Vogue in the Office

What was once a stuffy suiting piece can now turn up your look

Cut in different styles, vests now add a cool factor, even in the workplace.

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Don't be afraid to incorporate fur---whether real or faux--- in your power look. Here are some key pieces to add that warm chic to your closet. ---Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Warm and Chic Fur Pieces for the Office

Get comfy in these pieces in and out of the workplace

Add these chic, warm pieces to your power look for supreme office glam.

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Rock That Office-Friendly Fur

Whether faux or real, don't shy away from this hot trend

Here’s how you can wear fur to work, professionally chic and warm at the same…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Must-Have FLOTUS Fashion Pieces

As Election Day nears an end, tap into your inner First Lady with these pieces

As we all await the decision on who will lead the United States, tap into…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Vote in Style with Michelle Obama-Inspired Work Wear

Embody the FLOTUS flair with these key fashion elements

For Election Day, keep in mind these five stellar elements of Michelle Obama’s style campaign…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Five Chic Pieces for Polished Casual Fridays

From classic tees to daytime sequins, give dress-down days some flair

Add these nontraditional pieces to your work look for added polish even on casual days.

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Step Up Your Casual Friday Looks

Incorporate nontraditional pieces into your look for a polished, leisure vibe

Incorporate pieces traditionally known as casual into a polished office look.

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Don’t Let Rain Steal Your (Fashion) Shine

Even in bad weather, you can step out refreshed and refined

Kéla Walker gives quick tips for chic office fashion even in wet, dreary weather.

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Don't be afraid to step out of the box a bit with your work attire, whether you're the corporate chica or the start-up stylista. Consider these key pieces (with two bonuses this week) to add timeless trends to your work wardrobe. ---Kéla Walker Check out out to style these looks here.

Style Suite: 7 On-Trend Pieces to Upgrade Your Fall Look

From leather to oxblood, these hot items ensure your look is timeless

From leather to oxblood, this hot apparel keep on trend at work but can stand…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Fall Fashion Staples Perfect for the Office

These key trends can be incorporated into any look for timeless polish

These key fall fashion must-haves will stand the test of time and can be incorporated…

By Kéla Walker

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Don't be afraid to push the boundaries, especially for Casual Fridays. Check out these chic trousers that can turn up your style in the office. --- Kéla Walker
(Find out how to style these pieces here.)

Style Suite: 5 Printed Trousers to Wow at the Office

Add these hot pant picks to your work wardrobe for style flair

Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, especially for Casual Fridays, with trousers that can…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Spark major office glam with matchstick pants

Matchstick pants, in a variety of prints, colors and fabrics, are flattering on most body…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Key Pieces to Channel ‘Scandal’ Chic

Add these items to your closet for the authoritative power look

Be inspired by Kerry Washington’s fiercely stylish ‘Scandal’ character and create the perfect professional look…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Channel ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope for Undeniable Office Chic

Be inspired by power looks that get you respect you deserve

Get your power look on and be inspired by Kerry Washington’s chic authoritative style on…

By Kéla Walker

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Red is a power color perfect to wear in the office. Everyone, from Hollywood starlets to First Lady Michelle Obama, has sported a little red dress from time to time, so let go of those age-old notions related to the hue and wear it with confidence! Here are a few pieces to help you do that: ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Little (Red) Dresses for the Office Under $50

Go bold and confident in your next power meeting

Try these crimson hot picks for a bold and confidence look in the workplace.

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Go Red and Wear the Color of Confidence at Work

Make a bold, yet polished statement with crimson

Crimson is not only a color of confidence, but it can be worn in the…

By Kéla Walker

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Give your work wardrobe that extra fab factor with peplum pieces that go from day to night. Check out five key items that feature the trend to incorporate in your office looks.---Kéla Walker

(You can find out more on how to style these looks for work here.)

Style Suite: 5 Key Peplum Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

These hot items can pump up the fab factor in your wardrobe

Try these picks, worn alone or with a blazer, skirt or pants to punch up…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Peplum Accents Give Your Work Wardrobe Life

Flattering to any figure, it's a must-have for your power look

Add a little peplum to your step with these looks, perfect for the office, whether…

By Kéla Walker

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Looking Like a Bag of Money: Can the Way You Dress Affect Your Career?

'Never judge a book by its cover' just doesn’t generally apply in the office

Remember the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”? While we would like to…

By Jamie Harrison

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Whether blazers, shoes or simple accessories like scarves, every working diva can add a bit more pow to her power look. Try these key pieces to give your fall wardrobe a boost. ---Kéla Walker 

(You can find out more on how to style these looks for work here.)

Style Suite: 5 Animal-Print Pieces to Add Flair to Your Power Look

Add some spice to your fall wardrobe with leopard and snakeskin

Add these picks to your wardrobe to make a bold yet polished statement in the…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Animal Prints Add Wow Factor to Your Power Look

Spice up your fall work wardrobe with leopard and snakeskin

Add these picks to your wardrobe to make a bold yet polished statement in the…

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Anti-Style Rut: For her 'locs, Utuk likes to pump up the style often with updos and other creative looks, as to avoid a style rut. And the skies the limit for adding a little pop to your 'locs for in and out of the office.

Naturally Chic: Haute ‘Locs, Curls & Transition Styles for the Office

Power looks that can go from office to after-five

Whether you have lovely ‘locs, curls or are transitioning, here are options to take your…

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Style Suite: Take That Office Look from Professional to Play

On-the-go fashion for those after-five power moves

Being an on-the-go fashionista means no time to change for those after-work events. Here’s how…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Key Pieces to Take Summer Looks into Fall

You don't have buy a whole new wardrobe to be ready for fall. Add these…

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This week, we start our 7 Deadly Sins series, where we cover top mistakes, blunders and snafus of the office, from fashion to communication to management. Follow our series to ensure you don't make the same mistakes, and find ways to correct yourself if you have.

Office ethics and fashion choices can be tricky topics on their own. Put them together and it can easily create a major problem. Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be all work and no play. The key is finding that balance, and making sure that you’re sending the  right message. “Overall, one should really be concerned with how they  present themselves and how they represent the brand, meaning whoever you  work for,” says Shawn Outler, a Macy’s vice president.

BlackEnterprise.com spoke further with Outler to get insight on the top office attire vices and how not to commit professional style offenses. ---Dominique Hobdy

7 Deadly Sins of Office Fashion

Avoid these vices when it comes to your workplace look

Shawn Outler, a vice president at Macy’s, talks top office fashion vices and how to…

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Cheap Chic for the Office: Women’s Fall Fashion Preview

Be sure you go into next season with these affordable staples

International stylists Ugo Mozie and Daver Campbell detail affordable, fall fashion staples for the office.

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As the weather heats up, you can inject some fun into your 9-to-5 wardrobe by incorporating a few Spring/Summer 2012 trends. Add a little spark to even the most conservative Corporate America looks by adding these five summer trends to your office attire. ---Ashley Calloway

5 Summer Fashion Trends Perfect for the Office

Incorporate these pieces to add pop to your professional style

Here are top trends you can incorporate into your professional look, from neon to floral.

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Let’s Stop the Race to the Bottom

Appearance is still the first and most impactful way that you communicate who you are and determine how you are treated.

Despite the established acceptance of casual attire at many companies, there has never been a…

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For many women, a power look doesn't just end with the right outfit or shoe. It's a head-to-toe story of branding that tells who they are, what they do and how well they do it.


Putting that best face forward is important, whether they're closing deals, working with clients, traveling the world or starting that next venture. In today's image-conscious business world, make-up is no longer just for movie stars and glamour girls, as many working women recognize the importance of presence, accentuating their best features and embracing the power of femininity.


Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, helped four professional women tap into their wow factor, with beauty looks that can go from the office to after hours. ---Janell Hazelwood


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Beauty Before and After: 4 Career Women Transform into Power Looks

Black Opal artistic director Frank Guyton talks tips on day-to-night looks

Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, creates power looks for…

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POLL: Is Traditional Business Attire Becoming Obsolete?

Reality star Yandy Smith's 'business chic' raises question of office style

The fashion of businesswoman and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith raises a vital…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Study: Showing Too Much Skin Can Hinder Job-Seeking Success

Baring all can trigger doubts about decision-making abilities

Recent research examines the correlation between inappropriate attire and job-seeking success.

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Daisy Lewellyn, our Working Your Style host, broke down the fashion dos and don'ts for the professional man and woman. Here, she gives alternative looks for those dangerous don'ts featured in our video. If you're looking for looks like those, here are some inspired by the makeover segment, all available at Lord & Taylor. BE Polished! ---Janell Hazelwood

Working Your Style: Get the Look Inspired by Office Fashion Makeovers

Key office staples to give your office look a boost

Here are key pieces from our Working Your Style segment where we makeover office fashion…

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Working Your Style: Turn Office Fashion Don’ts into Fashion Savvy

Avoid these workplace attire disasters with easy makeover tips

Our Working Your Style Host Daisy Lewellyn shows how to upgrade typical office style mishaps…

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The pride and polish of business attire is an indisputable workplace norm that has stood the test of time. As part of our As part of our BE Polished style package, Black Enterprise editors and staff showcase how they work their power game and look at the office while adding their own special flavor to show personality and professionalism. ---Janell Hazelwood

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Style Profile: A Day at the Office with Black Enterprise

How BE editors and staff work professional and polished looks -- with flair

Black Enterprise staff and editors show unique workplace style and tell their top fashion essentials…

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BE Polished: Taking Your Professional Style to the Next Level

Your guide to fashion essentials that will give your look the competitive edge

BlackEnterprise.com presents a fashion and style guide for the working professional, taking you from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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SAGGING CLOTHES: The only thing worse than sagging jeans is sagging dress pants. The stereotypes associated with men who sag their pants are all negative. A professional seeking career success shouldn’t want those unfavorable labels to follow them on the job. It’s best to choose well fitting, tailored pants that aren’t too tight, too short, too long or too big and are complimented with a belt.

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10 Ways Your Style Is Hindering Career Success

Avoid these fashion don'ts while in the office

When it comes to workplace success, image speaks volumes. Avoid these 10 fashion faux pas…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Lets face it: Today’s corporate woman is constantly on the go. And maintaining equilibrium in career, home, and spirit while being a stylish trendsetter isn’t always easy. As part of our BE Polished style series, we detail some awesome products to keep on hand for those fashion emergencies. These items will help you maintain a flawless look, and ensure you’re always ready to put your best look forward when sealing the next business deal. Your transition from the corporate office to an after-work mixer, or a date at that chic cigar lounge this fall will be seamless! ---Sirita Wright

Emergency Style Kit: 10+ Essentials for the Working Fashionista

Don't get caught at the office without these items to maintain your polished look

Last minute meetings or business events can arise at any moment, this emergency style kit…

By Sirita Wright

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Adorable and Affordable Summer Dresses for Work

Stay fashionable, yet professional in these lovely frocks perfect for the office

Madame Noire gives affordable and fashionable dress picks for office attire

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10 Fashion Essentials for the Office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

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You Wore That To Work? Really? No, Really?

They say clothes make the man (or woman) so be mindful of what message your wardrobe is conveying about you

Every dress code shouldn’t be like that of a white shoe law firm. What makes…

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