Welcome to the Consultant’s Closet
Welcome to The Consultant’s Closet – a platform focused on providing corporate fashion guidance and attire inspiration to support the need for a professional and well-tailored wardrobe.
Historically there has been a fundamental lack of great wardrobe offerings or guidelines for professionals in the business world. As a result we are left to fairly uncharted territory forging our own rules while parsing together our personal version of business formal outfits, while often not realizing the missteps that can inhibit our personal brand and long term growth trajectory.
My first experience suit shopping for something to wear to upcoming interviews near the end of college took two days of hardcore searching in Houston, TX (shopping Mecca). Since discovering the near impossibility of finding just the first piece of my professional wardrobe: a suit that fit, conveyed professionalism, was somewhat fashionable, while finally conceding, “not too over budget,” I’ve wanted an opportunity to hear from others who’ve successfully built corporate wardrobes and to share what I’ve learned over the last decade cultivating a versatile and professional wardrobe tailored to the management consulting realm.
While The Consultant’s Closet is metaphorically representative of my closet and lifestyle, it will not all be about me – I’ll be curating this digital closet, bringing in subject matter advisors to assist, highlighting relevant articles / advice / information, and featuring women and men who are working to build great closets and careers. My goal is for The Consultant’s Closet to become the foundational source for guidance, shopping, and inspiration to fuel a well-suited professional wardrobe and career.
We know an appropriate, well tailored, working wardrobe speaks volumes before we speak and contributes positively to the building of our personal brand of competency. But without a common knowledge base of what a working wardrobe looks like, we are left to cobble together business formal outfits from limited resources and conflicting messages from fashion posts and TV shows of what work appropriate looks like.
You may argue that dress codes are transitioning into the casual realm, so why the focus on professional attire? However, there are still many of us who need to be dressed formally for the board room, the court room, or that oval room. Creating a professional wardrobe, while including more casual elements to fit your specific needs, will insure that no matter how casual you find your working environment, you will always project power, competency and appropriateness. Be prepared no matter what room you find yourself dressing for.
So, stay with us, send us your constructive feedback, follow along on Insta (the stories will feature behind the scenes travel, lifestyle, and shopping), and let us know if you have a closet and career you’d like to share.
All my best, and cheers!
OUTFIT DETAILS: JACKET: AKRIS PUNTO PANTS: ST. JOHN SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, GIFT FROM MOTHER EARRINGS: PEARLS, PURCHASED FROM ANTIQUE HEIRLOOM JEWELRY STORE – HOUSTON BRACELETS: DAVID YURMAN, 25TH BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM PARENTS, GOLD BANGLE – GIFT FROM MOTHER’S COLLECTION RING: PERSONAL DESIGN (SUNFLOWER) CREATED BY: RONNY BARNEA – JEWELRY ON 5TH WATCH: APPLE BY HERMES, CHRISTMAS GIFT PERFUME: GOLD KNIGHT BY KILIAN