What I Wore: Corporate Cobalt

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Top and Skirt: Chelsea Collection c/o Nora Gardner | Shoes: Nine West | Coat: Vintage (similar) | Necklaces: Nordstrom, Nordstrom, eBay (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon ‘In The Red'

As a petite curvy woman, I find most corporate fashion requires alterations to fit.  So when Nora Gardner contacted me and told me about her Chelsea Collection I was thrilled.  Now those of us who are petite, tall, a different size on top than on bottom can get an almost custom fit straight from the box! Made in New York at the Garment District, Nora Gardner is exclusively for professional women who want something simple yet aesthetically pleasing that can also be worn from day to night.  The Chelsea suiting collection is feminine, flattering, but works for even the most conservative workplace.  Well made in a great selection of colors, I can see mixing and matching these pieces all seasons of the year.  I plan on wearing the lined skirt with my black turtleneck sweater and tall boots, and the top would look great with my winter white tropical wool suiting trousers.  Nora Gardner also offers gorgeous work-friendly dresses as well as professional-looking jewelry and hair accessories.  I love finding out about woman-owned and USA-made companies who understand and cater to the professional woman with style!



  1. Emily
    January 23, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Damn I love blue and leopard together!! I also had no idea this was a top and a skirt… thought it was a dress with a mini peplum detail! Definitely versatile 🙂 ps. is your hair darker?

    • January 24, 2015 / 1:30 pm

      It’s recently dyed, this is the same color as always, but two days after being done versus later when it gently fades. 🙂 And I must day Emily I thought of you with this look, you suggested blue with my leopard dress that one time and I remembered when putting together this!

  2. January 22, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Such a great color and the fit is perfect. Such a nice alternative to a suit for professional women. Also love the new columnists you have been featuring.

    Accidental Icon

  3. Aimee
    January 22, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    When I opened this page I actually said “Wow!” out loud. That color is stunning on you and so is the cut of the outfit! Awesome.

  4. January 22, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    I know I’m only saying what everyone else has said, but it’s true: this is an absolutely superb outfit for you….the color is divine on you, the fit is fabulous and I love, love, love it paired with those shoes! I’ll be interested to see you wear it broken into pieces!! jodie

  5. fiona
    January 22, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    You look great! I’m confused about this “those of us who are petite, tall, a different size on top than on bottom can get an almost custom fit straight from the box” to me implies that you can order clothes in different lengths, but I didn’t see that on the website. Am I off the mark?

    • January 22, 2015 / 1:26 pm

      No I meant more that with dresses often the waist is at the wrong point and alterations can be costly or impossible to have a piece fit. No no lengths at this time 🙂

  6. Ginger
    January 22, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Sweet dress that would be perfect for an interview.

  7. crtfly
    January 22, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Yowza! MS CEO, I presume.

  8. Pam
    January 22, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous color and fit! A home run!

  9. January 22, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Wow.. love this look! The garment and the colour suit you perfectly 😉

  10. fayebrowndc
    January 22, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I think you crashed her site 🙂 The link doesn’t work.

    • January 22, 2015 / 9:51 am

      Ack! I just tried all four links and they’re working now, so refresh and try again. I hope I don’t crash her site, though if she does get a bunch of sales I’d be thrilled, it’s a great quality line of clothing and Nora seems like a great person (so fun to get to connect with these designers directly!).

  11. Patricia
    January 22, 2015 / 9:15 am

    That color is fabulous on you with your Snow White (as in Princess) complexion!

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