Wear to Wear Modest Professional Fashion for the C Suite

coats by brenda-archer on polyvore.com

I'd probably kill myself trying to walk in those heels, but this outfit is so elegant, so stylish, and screaming CEO that I had to share it using the Polyvore hot link code. Gorgeous, stylish, and just screams class, taste and elegance. Okay, so some of these pieces probably cost your year's salary (and mine) but...you can find pieces similar to this, I think.

I would change up the accessories and use either a bright pink, scarlet or bright blue to jazz it up. Although the gray and black make a statement, unless you're in Manhattan, too much gray and black can make you look like you're heading towards a funeral.

Dress Doctor Principles
A few months ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Linda Przybyszewski on her book, The Lost Art of Dress. This outfit made me think of many of those principles of timeless elegance espoused by The Dress Doctors. They would approve of the nice vertical lines, the slight shaping at the waist created by two related colors, and the understated elegance of the accessories. I think they would suggest adding a belt and perhaps softening the look with a scarf - or maybe that's my take on it.

Many years ago, fashion pundits used to counsel young people to dress for the position above them - in other words, dress aspirationally, not for where you are today in the corporate ladder but where you want to be. This is an outfit that would instantly set up and coming execs apart from other junior level managers and workers for sure.

Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum

Another gorgeous modest and modern outfit shared by a Polyvore member. This outfit would be fairly easy to pull together with pieces found on less expensive retail stores like Old Navy and thrift shops.  I love the silver and plum colored pieces too; very elegant!

Looking put together and ladylike doesn't have to take forever nor cost a fortune. It can also be COMFORTABLE.  One of the shows I like to watch is "What Not to Wear" with Stacy and Clinton.  I'm always impressed by how a few simple changes and swaps of pieces can take an outfit from boring to wow...and still honor a woman's sense of style and need for comfort and mobility. We don't have to wear corsets, hobble skirts or hoop skirts to be feminine, graceful and elegant. We can wear denim skirts like this, pretty knit tops with a modest neckline, and comfortable flats and still wow others with our elegance, style - and modesty.

Modest Fashion in the News

Today on a website called Refinery 29, writer Erin Cunningham interviewed several Orthodox Jewish women about their modest fashion choices. The accompanying slideshow is a great resource too for ladies seeking to dress modern and modest. It's truly "a return to elegance" to see these fun 20-somethings wearing modern yet ladylike fashions!

See the whole article: 10 Stylish, Orthodox Women Talk Balancing Modesty & Fashion

Chocolate Cherry Modest Fashion Outfit

Chocolate Cherry

What's not to love about this outfit put together by a Polyvore contributor? The modest skirt, fashionable gorgeous red and black shoes, and matching blouse and jacket pull the look together. It's modern, modest, and with the addition of the jacket and bright red scarf, WARM.  I love the look and the pieces aren't terribly expensive.  What do you think?