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.

RELATED: Interview – Fashion Blogger Vydia Rishie

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!

For more information on Inez, visit

House of Cards Season 3 launches on August 8th

August 16, 2015

5 Television Characters To Inspire Your Wardrobe

While you may have already seen the first part of our wardrobe overhaul which focused on movie characters such as Carrie Bradshaw, this is solely dedicated to television stars and their super-famous style.

Whether you’re looking towards inspiration for evening-wear, or simply how to dress up a casual white t-shirt, below are some characters who have made their look iconic.

RELATED: Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

Showcasing preppy-chic and almost everything in between, Blair Waldorf is the it girl when it comes to Upper West Side style. Her headbands made her famous, but the couple-dressing with love interest and fellow game-player, Chuck Bass made their look indestructible.

A few essential pieces include a pair of sturdy flat shoes, a neutral coloured trench coat, and the ability to colour-block all of your outfits (think of patterns like neutrals, they go with everything).


Kimber Henry (Nip/Tuck)

The character of seductive and often naive Kimber Henry was that which suffered greatly throughout the duration of this popular plastic-surgery phenomenon. Known for her signature blonde curls and refined lady-like style, you could always count on Kimber to showcase the best of American designers between 2003-2010.

Body-con dresses, matching lingerie sets from Agent Provocateur, sky-high stiletto heels, and a fearless attitude proved to define her sense of style.

5 Television Characters To Inspire Your Wardrobe

Karen van der Beek (Californication)

Karen’s free spirit was represented through her choice of relaxed clothes and long blonde hair which represent California in a nutshell. Mixing structured pieces like a blazer with maxi-dresses and bell-bottom jeans quickly made Karen’s style the focus of the entire show (well, for us at least).

Dainty jewellery and loose curls are the best way catch Karen’s vibe without killing your credit card.

5 Television Characters To Inspire Your Wardrobe

Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

This might count as cheating since we’ve already mentioned Carrie before, but some serious inspiration comes straight from her infamous closet. Carrie taught women around the world that stilettos are always back in fashion, experimenting with clothes is never not an option, and sometimes it’s okay to trade food for an issue of Vogue.

Highlights include that signature tulle skirt in the opening credits, and always embracing your natural curls (if you have them, if not, fake it).

5 Television Characters To Inspire Your Wardrobe

Marissa Cooper (The OC)

And finally we’re wrapping it up with one of our favourites, Marissa Cooper. Her collection of caviar-leather Chanel bags is still causing us enough envy, but Marissa’s laid-back California style will never grow old.

If all else fails, a great party dress and a rebellious attitude is the best way to channel Mischa Barton’s famous character.

5 Television Characters To Inspire Your Wardrobe

Images via Mademoiselle Robot, FX, The CW, Marie Claire, Into The Gloss, Misadventures with Andi

November 13, 2014