Inez Garcia’s Top Tips On How To Dress For Success

Are you stuck in a slump when it comes to dressing for the office? Take some style inspiration from House of Cards character Claire Underwood, who always looks impeccable and put-together regardless of what her job entails.

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Dress for success with our expert tips from stylist, Inez Garcia, who outlines a few items all women should have in their wardrobe, how to emulate Claire Underwood’s look and how to make the most of your basics for the office.

Why do you think Claire Underwood’s style is so influential in the series?

Claire’s style is an extension of her intriguingly seductive character, with a wardrobe that so perfectly compliments her potent mix of strength and femininity.

What are some ways women at home can recreate her look?

Claire’s wardrobe is simple but always so perfectly tailored, ensuring it’s flattering but never frivolous. You can recreate her look by investing in classic, tailored separates in a timeless, neutral palette of black, white, grey navy and tan.

Inez Garcia's Tips On How To Dress For Success

What are some essential pieces all women should have in the work wardrobe?

  • A selection of classic silk and cotton blouses.
  • Blazer in black or dark navy.
  • Flattering pair of tailored black pants.
  • One simple black shift dress that can be worn pared back for work and then accessorised for after hours.
  • One camel coat.
  • Slim line pencil skirt.

Are there any trends women should stay away from?

Women’s fashion is so wonderfully diverse. We have so many options available to us. One thing all women of great style have in common, however, is that they’ve worked out what suits them best and stick to this regardless of seasonal trends.

Once you find what styles and shapes work for you, shopping becomes so much easier as you’ll no longer be distracted by the shiny, pretty things (that you’ll most probably never end up wearing!).

Inez Garcia's Tips On How To Dress For Success

How can women feel more powerful and confident in their clothes?

The most important thing is to maintain your clothes – make sure they fit properly and have them cleaned and pressed regularly so you don’t look disheveled and unkempt. Pay a little extra to have your hems and sleeves altered, spot clean your tailored pieces and invest in good quality wooden hangers.

Could you name some must-have workwear accessories every woman should own?

  • Black leather handbag.
  • Simple black pumps.
  • Classic watch.
  • Slim black leather belt.
  • One pair of great, flatteringly face-framing sunglasses – essential for those days when you need a little extra help!

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House of Cards Season 3 launches on August 8th

August 16, 2015

Inspirational Women: Haya Maraka

Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.

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Name and role:

Haya Maraka, I wish I had one answer to that! Writer, stylist, consultant anything creative.

What do you do on a day to day basis?

No two days are the same for me! Sometimes I spend the day writing, others I am with a client shopping, and some days I am casting models! One thing I do do consistently is walk my adorable puppy Cleopatrick every morning.

How/when did you know you wanted to do this as a career?

Clothes were my first love in life, ever since I was tiny I always remember how much I loved clothes and shopping. So being in the fashion industry was never a decision I had to make it was just what I always knew I was going to do.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere of course! To me inspiration doesn’t generally have to be something beautiful or a place! Sometimes I will be walking down the street and see a construction man with paint all over his jeans and I will go home and decide that I need to paint my jeans.

The good thing about inspiration is you never know when it’s coming, but when it does, only good things come out of it.

Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?

I don’t have a mentor per say, I do have a lot of people that I admire that are sadly no longer with us, that I have never even met.  Reading about them and what they did is almost like having a mentor! I am obsessed with Diana Vreeland. As far as advice I go to my mother, she is very supportive and gives the best advice always!

What are your goals for the future?

I have so many goals for the future that I could never just sit here and list them in this interview. One of my major goals would be to get my book published.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?

I would say let go of what you think you want, and let the universe guide you, and also always listen to your intuition.

February 13, 2015