Fashion and business advice from 8 wildly stylish and successful women.

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A few months back, Elizabeth Kott popped this  little kernel of wisdom on us: “I grew up with the notion that you can’t carry a designer bag and be a conscious individual, it was one or the other. It’s like, no, you can be all of those things. “

It really hit home for us. At Fame and Partners, we’re of the belief that style and substance are not mutually exclusive. Our employees–and our customers–are all women who have both amazing style and deep substance; an interest in fashion and intellectual curiosity; enviable wardrobes and incredible resumés. To that point, we’ve gathered the best fashion and business advice from women we admire. See? You can be all of those things.

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Elizabeth Kott (left), cohost of That’s So Retrograde, on her go-to power outfit: “I have this YSL ring that’s like my power ring. But I’m more into white t-shirt, jeans, great shoes, great bag.”

…and on the best business advice she’s ever gotten: “Know your why.”

Shop Elizabeth’s look.

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Stephanie Simbari (leflt), cohost of That’s So Retrograde, on what to keep in your closet: “I don’t keep clothes in my house that are like ‘goal weight clothes.’ That would torture me in my twenties–to know I had a pair of jeans that didn’t fit me. It’s such a low-key really mean thing to do to yourself. If you wear clothes that are uncomfortable, you won’t be carrying yourself in a way that’s freeing. You’ll feel like shit.”

…and on her best business advice: “Get new headshots.”

Shop Steph’s look. More from Elizabeth and Stephanie here.

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Ariel Kaye, founder and CEO of Parachute Home, on her personal style: “Neutrals, clean lines, very easy going, comfortable. I’m very inspired by California beach-meets-desert vibes, and I find myself more and more wanting to have a uniform in my clothing and just have things that always go together.”

and on the challenges of running a startup: “Things are going to be challenging and take time, and there are going to be moments of doubt and fear–but you don’t know what you can do until you do it. It’s certainly not for everyone, but it’s the most rewarding experience of my life. Three and half years into the company, there are still days when I’m like, Is this still a good idea? I think doubt is just always part of it.”

Shop Ariel’s look. More from Ariel here.

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Professional style expert Lindsay Albanese on her one fashion rule: “Comfort is everything. Don’t wear a trend just because it’s cool.”

…and on the keys to her success: “Persistence and consistency–it’s the cornerstone of my success. That’s how I’ve gotten opportunities before other people. I’m quicker to respond and more thorough.”

Shop Lindsay’s look. More from Lindsay here.

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Sara El-Yafi, a public policy professional in Lebanon, on her go-to look for a big meeting: “Getting my hair done is always a boost!”

…and on her biggest life lesson: “I think we all spend so much of our lives trying to learn the right lessons. Many people try to tell you, “Oh you had a bad experience? It’s a lesson! Hopefully you learned.” People associate that with value: If you know, you should be successful. If you learn how to look good, if you learn how to wear your hair, you’ll get what you want. I say the opposite: What you need is not to learn the right lessons, but to unlearn all the wrong lessons. That’s probably a journey for your entire life.”

Shop Sara’s look. More from Sara here.

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Whitney Tingle, cofounder and co-CEO of Sakara Life, on the importance of style: “Your fashion and your style can be an outward reflection of what’s on the inside, and so you want to be putting your best self out there. Be creative, have fun, and play with it.”

…and on what she’s learned from growing a company from the ground up: “You need to be able to evolve all the time. You have to have one eye on what’s going on now and one eye on what’s going to happen in the future and to be able to adapt and grow.”

Shop Whitney’s look.

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Danielle Duboise, cofounder and co-CEO of Sakara Life, on how to make an impact on the environment with fashion: “Whitney and I wear mostly second-hand vintage clothing.”

…and on finding work-life balance: “Balance is not a static point. If you at least know how to get back to feeling good, that’s half the battle.”

Shop Danielle’s look. More from Whitney and Danielle here.

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Kelly LeVeque, nutritionist at Be Well by Kelly, on what she wears to feel good: “I tend to be pretty natural in what I wear. Jeans, t-shirt, a pair of Chucks, I’m good to go. A power outfit for me is a fitted dress right to below my knee.”

…and on her trick to staying sane during the work week: “I have real work to do, so instead of saying, Oh I’m not gonna look at my phone or I’m not gonna do work or whatever, I add something that mellows me out, whether that’s adding yoga or deciding that I have time to walk with my husband to dinner and leave our phones [at home]. Choosing to add something is my mentality in all things–like adding avocado to your plate so you feel full and last a little bit longer.”

Shop Kelly’s look. More from Kelly here.

Cheers,
FAME