Mary Lou Andre
Friday, 05 January 2018

Welcome 2018! (& Dressing Well in the New York Times: Winning Winter with Outerwear)

By Mary Lou Andre

2018 is off to a great start here at Dressing Well. Our stylist team is busy helping our private clientele navigate January sales racks while also providing closet sessions that combat cabin fever and tidy up indoor spaces that are hard to turn your back on this time of year.

Aligning your wardrobe with how you live and want to present yourself to the world is actually far from a frivolous activity. It can help you reach a myriad of professional and personal goals. We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you.

For some great tips on how to dress (and live!) better this winter, check out the New York Times article “How to Win Winter When You Hate Winter.” Our tips are shared alongside others who have expertise in all things Old Man Winter. Enjoy!

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Our speaking and seminar schedule is “plowing” ahead into the New Year too! Check out our updated online calendar which includes a list of the Bates Communications Open Enrollment Leadership Programs we will be presenting at this year. 2018 marks our 5th year partnering with Bates and we love the work. If you are looking to increase your speaking skills and/or executive presence in 2018, we highly recommend these programs.

Finally, our newly minted Dressing Well Charitable Foundation continues to exceed expectations on all fronts. We are looking forward to funding more worthy causes that use fashion and clothing to empower others. Look for news soon about a brand new partnership that we will be starting with our friends at the Needham Community Council and Family Promise Metro West. We are super excited to use the karma, generosity and incredible influence of our clients to benefit others less fortunate.

Here’s to 2018. Make it your best year ever!

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Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre is a nationally recognized wardrobe, dress code and corporate image consultant, speaker and author. She is founder and president of Organization By Design, Inc., a Needham, Massachusetts-based wardrobe management, fashion and image consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations understand the power of being appropriately dressed in a variety of situations.

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Laurie Schloff 2018-01-10 11:20

Hi Mary Lou,

Thanks for sharing the article —good tips. I have a question. Is it OK for high-level professional woman to wear a fur coat to the office in the freezing cold? Let me know your thoughts.

Happy 2018 to you and yours,

ML Andre 2018-01-10 11:32

Hi Laurie --

Happy New Year!

You always have great questions. This is definitely one I get a lot.

I advise my private clients not to wear fur to the office as it is controversial and many are offended by it. To me, a leader is respectful and prioritizes putting others at ease. I have a vintage coat with a real fur color. I love it! I have worn it to networking lunches when I am certain it will not offend. I found myself changing out of it  just before  the holiday. I was attending a luncheon with a mixed group. I decided it was not the first impression I wanted to make with folks I had not met before. Real situation, real choice!

Hope this helps. To one's self be true. My true self likes to stand out in all the right ways whenever I can!

Cheers --
Mary Lou 


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