You asked, we answered!
On Instagram we asked which Closet Staple you’d like us to style for a ‘Wear Three Ways’ post and the Pencil Skirt was the clear winner!

While a staple, it’s also easy to fall into the trap of wearing your black pencil skirt the same way as a bit of uniform (and that’s OK … unless you’re bored!).

SO, here are a few ways you can think a bit differently about how you style YOUR pencil skirt for the office:

Not your typical black blazer.
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It’s that time of year again — the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

My summer job in college was at Nordstrom and this is when I got to really appreciate the Anniversary sale. I was able to save up for my first car thanks to the women I served while working at Nordstrom and this sale.

I do have a love-hate relationship with the sale and sale shopping in general, but below I share what I do love about this opportunity to invest in yourself and your wardrobe:


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If you’re on our email list, you see my name quite a bit even though you might not know who I am. Well hey, I’m Alex! I am the newest employee at Ustyled and basically head of logistics (aka Catherine’s assistant) but also a stylist in training.


At Ustyled, we talk a lot about realizing your worth and investing in yourself. Where we choose to invest our time and money differ for every individual…

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I’ve written on the value of streamlining your style … saving you time, money + frustration all while actually improving your performance (enclothed cognition) … but HOW do you streamline your style?



Who are you? Why do you do the work that you do? Why does it matter that you stand out more?


Perhaps you’re going for the promotion and realize you need to ‘dress for the job you want’ to be taken more seriously (especially if you’re in your 20’s or 30’s,

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Dressing for a themed holiday always ends up being stressful, you want to look stylish but feel A LOT of pressure to put together the perfect outfit. The Ustyled team has put together our 4th of July Style Guide to ensure you feel Independently YOU!


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Stay classy and preppy in this collared button down dress. Sandals dress this look down for the holiday, but you can easily amp it up with nude heels or wedges.

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Moving Ustyled headquarters to Washington, D.C. last year was about more than an adventure or expanding the business. It was very on purpose.

As evidenced by the recent United States of Women Summit held here in DC, the city is the center of the women’s movement committed to advancing women in leadership. Ustyled may be a style company, but it is with the purpose of seeing more women rise as leaders … and to do that,

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Vanessa Shaw started her coaching and consulting business after a few years as a stay at home mom. To transition back into the workforce, she realized she needed (and, more importantly, wanted!)a powerful wardrobe in order to convey her impactful message and authenticity.

Drastic lifestyle changes require a drastic wardrobe changes.


Vanessa states, “If I am looking good, feeling comfortable and feeling empowered, I will naturally communicate that to the audience in front of me.”

During this Style Power Interview,
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