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Dress Like A Boss: Anh Sundstrom of 9to5Chic’s Tailored Advice

Dress Like A Boss: Anh Sundstrom of 9to5Chic’s Tailored Advice

headshot of Anh wearing coat and red lipstick

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Getting dressed for work—coffee date in the morning, meetings in the afternoon, and networking event in the evening—can be a challenge, in the most fun way. Do you go for the navy turtleneck and flats, or high-waisted skirt and heels?

For a little inspiration, check out 9to5Chic, Anh Sundstrom’s personal style diary of on- and off-duty ensembles that kill it in both the style and career departments.

After changing course from a more conservative industry (medical devices) to a creative one (marketing), she’s got all the trends covered. Beauty for a Purpose checked in with the San Francisco-based blogger on how to make confident choices for your closet.

Tell us what it means to be 9-to-5 chic.

A few years into my career, I realized that I was spending the bulk of my week in work wear. Prioritizing my wardrobe with that in mind was a huge shift for me. I knew it was important to build a wardrobe of classic pieces that would last, but I also wanted to make sure I could still bring my own personal style to it.

I decided that chronicling my daily outfits would be a fun way to experiment. Over the last few years my workplace has become decidedly more casual, but I can’t help but still be drawn to modern, classic silhouettes. I might wear more denim now, though!

What’s the connection between one’s fashion choices and how you’re perceived in the workplace?

There are so many ways to stand out in a positive way: having stellar work ethic, demonstrating resourcefulness, or quite simply, following through in a timely manner. Your wardrobe and how you present yourself is just another way to stand out. I feel strongly that I’ve had more growth opportunities in my career because my managers trusted that I could represent myself in a professional manner.

Fill in the blank: To feel confident and in control, every woman should own ________

A white blouse, cropped trousers, and a well-tailored blazer.

Name your fail-proof outfit for an important interview or meeting.

An elbow-sleeve sheath dress, belted. With the right dress, you can also layer a white button-down shirt underneath so that the collar peeks through. Above all, fit is everything. I am partial to clothing that is not tight, but not too loose—a dress that barely grazes the body is so elegant and professional.

Fashion is a great means of expression. How do you incorporate your personality into your wardrobe while still looking professional?

Small details personalize an outfit: a simple tuck of the sweater, a layered blouse, signature jewelry. And we can’t forget the shoes! Shoes are a wonderful way to bring personality into your outfit.

Personal style changes with one’s mood. What’s your remedy for days when you’re feeling less than boss-like?

For me, lipstick is the game changer. It instantly makes me look and feel more alive and ready to dive into the next challenge.

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