Smart Dressing

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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Style
Dressing Smart

For all those ladies that are now liberated, you need to dress the part of the powerful woman executive. This book has got your back. Filled with career profiles and style advice, you can now look the successful woman you want to be. Shoulder pads are optional.

Aside from the dated fashion, I will give this book props for trying for a more realistic set up when it comes to style. They do feature actual career/professional women wearing their particular style. The featured executives are all sporting fashion that is appropriate for the profession. Maybe this is sort of a “dress for the job you want” type of book. This book features only executive level positions. Those in the middle or at the bottom rungs won’t find much help here.

Discussion of fashion just seems weird in our new normal of social isolation. The cats don’t really care if I have been in sweatpants for the last 10 days.


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10 things to toss



  1. Their advice on what to toss is actually still good.

    But…”Work: How to be Serious AND Sexy”???

    WTH? Isn’t “sexy” the last thing you want to be in the workplace? YUCK.

    1. I think the publisher put that on without reading the book. Number 8 on page 53 makes it clear what the authors’ views on “sexy at work” are.

  2. I like the humor in the lists of what to wear/not to wear/throw away. A lot is still good advice.

    But, the photography of the models is curious. They desperately need styling. That checked jacket should not be allowed to gape, on the second woman. On the first woman, better attention to foundation garments could eliminate the appearance of a lopsided and droopy front. (Although, that dreadful bow pretty much claims all the attention.) Are those intended to look like leg-o-mutton sleeves, or is it just too big on her?

  3. You know, if someone were to update this book for current fashion, it wouldn’t be too bad. A lot of the general fashion advice is good, or would be good if it were tweaked only slightly. The “nine rules for business-dressing” in the second image, for example — apart from “always wear stockings”, I would argue that they all still apply. (I would say, always wear stockings with a skirt that falls above your ankles.)

  4. Cathaerine on page 45 could easily win first place in a Jane Pauley lookalike contest.

  5. If this outbreak makes workplace fashion less stiff and stuffy, that is not a bad thing. Hopefully it is not the best thing we can make of it >_<

  6. The nine things never to wear to a job interview thing is outdated. I got advised to wear pants for the last job interview I went to in 2014.

    Not everyone has the figure to wear a pencil skirt. I look terrible in the things because I have big hips and a big round butt.

  7. This book is on my shelf right now. It was a great resource to my teenage self when I aspired to be a captain of industry. each woman profiled explains why they dress the way they do. women in finance, publishing, television (Catherine Crier former judge and early CNN anchor) an artist mom, high end real estate agent, music industry executive, a college professor, a student on a thrift shop budget. Pamela Redmond Satran wrote for Glamour magazine and wrote the book that “Younger” is based on.

  8. magenta may make you too sexually exciting, in an atavistic way – I cannot understand that sentence at all, and suspect I would say “that’s hooey!” if I did.

    1. Magenta is a particularly bright shade of red. Red is sexually stimulating: the color of blood, violence, and lust.

      And who the hell would wear yellow and black together? That just sounds awful. (shakes head at that page)

      1. That makes sense where she got it from, but it sounds uncomfortably close to superstition to me. Then again, being a man, societal standards for my fashion sense are minimal. I think they were when I was a boy, so no one saw the need to teach me any of it.

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