In this interview series, Sumissura talks with the ambitious woman behind the suit. Who are they, what are they doing and where did their love for wearing a suit start. This time we are talking with a woman on a mission, Lauren Simmonds. Lauren’s mission is to help multifaceted professional women develop a signature personal style. That’s why she started her style blog The Fearless Fashionista and wrote a book titled Find Your Fabulous: The Fearless Fashionista® Approach to Developing and Owning Your Style. We cannot wait to have a style talk with this inspiring woman behind the suit.
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Hello Lauren. Let’s start at the beginning: who are you and what do you?
My name is Lauren Simmonds. I work full time in the financial services industry in product management. I’m also a style strategist, author, and Founder of The Fearless Fashionista, LLC.
When did you start wearing a suit?
I started wearing suits regularly at my second professional job in corporate America. While working at my first job, I didn’t have a great sense of what dressing for success was all about. Once I had some experience under my belt and did some research, I realized that there’s a direct correlation between the way I present myself and the way I’m perceived. I also learned that I felt more confident and productive when I showed up in a suit.
I’ve always loved fashion and style and didn’t want to look boring and stuffy in my suits, so I wore styles in fun colors and prints, and added interesting accessories, like jewelry, scarves, belts, and statement shoes.
What are the moments/occasions you love to wear a suit the most?
Things have gotten a lot more casual over the years, and although I don’t wear suits as often as I have in the past, they’re great for professional meetings, business conferences, and when meeting with clients. I’ve even worn suits to events such as weddings.
The occasion really dictates the color and fabric choices, but I find suits to be versatile, and I particularly love pant suits.
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What feeling does a suit give you?
When I get a suit in a style I love that fits well I feel amazing. Color and pattern are also important, but getting the right fit makes me feel like I can conquer the world.
What tip would you give to people who want to start wearing suits and/or create their own suit?
The first step would be to consider the reason you’re purchasing the suit. Are you wearing it to a job interview, to meetings, professional networking events, or is it a multi-purpose suit? If it’s a general purpose suit, you probably want to stick with a classic style in a neutral color that will serve as a blank canvas that can be dressed up or down.
If you’re in a more creative environment and have more flexibility, try an interesting pattern or color. And as I mentioned above, ensuring the suit fits well is critical.
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What style of suit to choose from? Is there a basic that every woman should have, and why?
I think most women should own at least one suit, but the style really depends on her lifestyle and industry. For more conservative fields, a dark suit is a great investment piece. For more casual and creative environments, I love the idea of a suit in a fun print, a linen suit, or even chambray. One of the best things about suits is they can be broken up and the pieces can be worn as separates.
Thank you Lauren for this inspiring interview!
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