Manolo the Columnist: Vino from Elizabeth and James

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

A recent promotion has convinced me that I need to upgrade my professional wardrobe. The problem, however, is that I have no sense of style. My parents were hippies (sort of) and I find most of the stuff I see in fashion magazines ridiculous. Please help.

Stephanie

Manolo says, much more difficult than developing the distinctively personal fashion style is developing the distinctively personal fashion style that is suitable for the place of employment.

For the example, the jet black, asymmetrical, knee-length, leather jacket from Gareth Pugh you wore to your friend’s art opening (her primary medium is pudding… pudding and Etch-a-Sketch), might not work for your day job as the paralegal in the Law Offices of Stuffy, White and Bois.

Unaccountably, unless you are yourself the artist, or work from home as the independent blogger, as the Manolo does, clients, bosses and co-workers take the dim view of those who dress too far out of the ordinary. It is the sad truth that, in the world of working, the square nail that sticks out gets hammered down into the round hole.

Still, if one has the time and energy, and is devoted to the project, one can develop the personal style that is both exquisite and appropriate to the situation. It is the matter of training one’s eye, by looking closely at the peoples on the street, the clothes in the shops, and the pictures
in the magazines. Like anything that is worthwhile, learning how to dress with style is not easy. Go slowly at first and invest in the quality pieces.

The Manolo says, start with the shoes! Here is the Vino lizard-print leather pumps from Elizabeth and James, sharply distinctive, yet suitable for wearing to the office.

Vino from Elizabeth and James

5 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Vino from Elizabeth and James”

  1. Marie October 22, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    “Stuffy, White, and Bois.” The Manolo is, as always, a comic genius.

  2. clare October 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I think for women who don’t have much of an interest in fashion (not saying this like it’s a bad thing, we don’t all have the same interests!) the problem with professional dress for women is that there are so many options, and we don’t want what we wear to send the wrong message about us (too frumpy, too girly, etc). I’d say have a friend or coworker help you decide what styles are appropriate for your workplace (different choices for a lawyer vs a restaurant manager vs a high school teacher). Then buy some things that fit your preferences (skirts or trousers? black or brown?) and make yourself a uniform. Google “capsule wardrobe” for ideas- have all your work clothes go together, so you can just grab a top, a bottom, and shoes, and know that it will look good. And congrats on the promotion!
    (Sorry for the long comment!)

  3. klee October 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I developed what style I do have with a combination of this blog, the show What Not To Wear (still on in syndication) and adopting people whose style I want to emulate and look forward to in the future (someone about 10 years older, who I can follow as I grow/age). For me, that was Diane Sawyer, Candice Bergen and a stylish friend. Find your muse (someone with your size/body type/coloring) and see if that helps!
    And of course, get fab shoes.

  4. Pantofi October 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Awesome shoes, I like the lizard print!

  5. Lisa R November 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I, too love the shoes and the price is reasonable so why not? Now, do I have a dress or skirt to wear with them? Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions. Professional look with style!