EVENT: Costume Designer Lyn Paolo Styles Women Leaders

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a special Styling Event at The Limited in Pentagon City for their New Look of Leadership campaign. Emmy winning stylist, Lyn Paolo, the equivalent of fashion royalty, that we all know her for role as lead costume designer on ABC’s Scandal was the guest of honor sharing her styling tips for the busy working woman.

 
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Numerous business women and uber stylish fashionistas leaned in close to hear every bit of styling advice and what goes into creating the look of DCers style idol, Olivia Pope. Lyn shared how excited she was taking on the character of Oliva Pope, she had already been the costume designer for The West Wing and was familiar with DC fashion. She was able to push the envelope with Oliva Pope and bring in the sophisticated and fashion forward style that we all adore.

Here are top tips from Lyn on recreating an Olivia Pope ensemble. What makes Oliva Pope look so put tighter? Fit. The number one thing you can do to up your style game is finding items that fit and flatter your body type. Pencil skirts, sharp blazers, and chiffon tops are the foundation of looking smart and sexy. Add pizzaz with colorful jewelry, pointed toes stilettos, or falls latest trend, my personal favorite, the skinny scarf. Lyn styled a few outfits that evening for us to see what Leadership looks like.

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These looks are easy to transition from day to night. Leave the blazer at the office, pull your clutch out of your work tote and toss on some extra jewels, then you are ready for post work cocktails, dinner, or events. 

Lyn Paolo reminded us that working women are also style icons. Diane Ellis, CEO of The Limited introduced their New Look of Leadership campaign that shares the stories of empowering women and how they lead in their lives, as CEOs, moms, baristas, business owners - in every place in the workforce. Diane said being a strong leader involves surrounding yourself with a solid team and choosing to be collaborative over competitive. She closed the evening giving us a few tips on dressing like a leader, advising all the young professionals in the room to wear something that makes them feel comfortable and confident instead of following trends, and when you find something that fits well – buy it in multiple colors.

My arms were full heading into the dressing room. Here's a sneak peek at some of my favorite finds that you will see me sporting this fall. 

Inspired to shop? Tag us @sweetthymes with your favorite ensembles that you make you feel like a leader from the collection at The Limited. 

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