BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ARIELLE PATRICK: HOW WOMEN CAN LOOK WORK-APPROPRIATE, YET FESTIVE!
Posted on 27 July 2016
I wear several hats, but my primary one is my role as a financial communications strategist at one of the world's largest PR firms, advising companies of all sectors and sizes on how to handle transactions and other legal issues affecting their investors and other key stakeholders. Another part of my job is running proactive and issues management-focused media relations programs for financial services companies such as hedge funds, private equity and asset management firms.
I know a lot of women struggle to find an outfit that is festive, yet still work-appropriate. Can you relate to these women?
I can relate, tenfold. I've always had a bold personality and loved fashion...but constantly remember my mother's voice in my head when it comes to what is deemed "appropriate" attire for the workplace.
What is something you can wear no matter the occasion?
Ladies: this may seem a bit unusual...but my best advice is to trade in your LBD (little black dress) for a navy one. This is a softer color for the office and transcends all seasons, like including summer, when black is a little severe... but it still translates from day to night.
Funnily enough, my white and gray two-tone Gucci wallet. It's been mine since high school after being passed on to me by my mother, who's had it since her high school days!
Is there a must-have item of clothing, an accessory, etc. that every woman looking to find a balance between looking stylish and appropriate in an office environment should own?
Every woman should own a crisp white collared blouse. It can make even the boldest outfit a bit more corporate. It looks great with a fitted, slightly sexier skirt without looking provocative.
How would you best style our festive pieces with items from your own wardrobe to create an office-appropriate look?
With the BIRDS OF PARADISE STRAPLESS STRETCH JUMPSUIT, I'd pair it with the MESTIZA NEW YORK jacket (coming soon in the Spring/Summer 2017 collection!!) to cover up the shoulders. This jacket is conservative in theory because of the refined silk wool and Chanel-esque shape, but the sequined lapel keeps it fresh. Since the pants are ankle length,I would put some high black pumps on to lengthen the body.
What do you like to do after hours?
A typical night during the week entails catch up with my mentors over dinner, followed by an event or two related to my philanthropic projects. In short, I'm rarely not "working!" When I need to relax, I love going to Exhale Spa for a manicure, facial or barre / yoga class. They are open in the evening works well with my client schedule.
What do you do on your free time?
Spending time with my family is priority number one. Secondary would be reading a good book. Right now, I'm getting re-acquainted with our Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton by reading her autobiography, "Living History."
Who is your fashion icon and why?