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More Blogger Love from The Working Wardrobe

A Forbes top Women's Fashion Blog, The Working Wardrobe, posted a great review of our First Impression shirt today. Reportedly, she wore it for a week when we first sent it to her. I know how she feels, it is that comfortable. Thank you Rachel Yeomans. Now, Here's the article reference.

What I Wear to Work: Working the Layers with the Camilla Olson Blouse -

See more at: http://www.theworkingwardrobe.com/#sthash.THbDiZV5.dpuf



What does our clothing say about ourselves?

Carolyn Zinko, SF Chronicle talks about the changes in Silicon Valley over the past few decades. I can testify that power suits were the standard. I loved wearing Chanel myself, because no one even recognized them in those days. Still, for this month's article  in the San Francisco Chronicle by Zinko, some Silicon Valley women didn't want to be quoted talking about clothes. Another said do your job and it would not matter what you wear.

Are we seriously talking like this? Seems like it does matter what we wear. It does mean a lot to our selves and to others. Suppose we look at it another way. Suppose we ask ourselves seriously -  what are we preparing for on the inside? Does our clothing truly match where we think we are and where we want to go? If the answer is yes, then I'd want to talk a lot about it. Talking about my destination will get me there, because I believe I'll be convincing.

Thanks Carolyn Zinko. Here is her article in SF GATE  http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Women-are-hacking-the-tech-dress-code-5411791.php


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Seriously, why do we need another fashion brand? Why more shirts? It's time I write about some major changes in my thinking. Most of you know that I have  worked in or around corporate America and in startups. Perhaps you know that I have always struggled with my wardrobe. What is business casual? What do you wear to this or to that business situation? Often my fashionista friend Mary and I went shopping. Certain brands allowed me to feel put together, but they were expensive. This experience taught me a lot about quality, textiles, and classic design.

Eventually, I went back to school to earn a second master's degree in fashion and textile design so that I could understand this mysterious world of fashion and style. My journey at school culminated in a runway show at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and the launch of my label early in 2011.

Three years has taught me that the fashion world does a great job serving women who have the time and interest to pay attention to fashion. I think there are a lot of women who are busy with jobs in other fields and don't have the time and possibly the interest to follow fashion. These women sometimes say "please dress me" or "what do you recommend?" or "what do you wear with this?" This was my world, where I lived for so many years of my life.

What are some of my design principles?  Pieces should coordinate so that nine pieces can make at least 30 looks. We should be able to fit most body types (size 2 - 16), skin, hair and eye colorations. Clothing starts with the fabric. Textiles should be delicious to the touch, always. Form follows function. Classics rule. Strive to hide body parts that don't want to be shown. Give the wearer the choice to show body parts that might want to be shown. There must be something interesting in each piece, but never ridiculous. Try to place openings near the front so that the wearer can open/close herself.

I am designing and offering tools for women who live full, fast or busy lives, who just want to make getting dressed and looking great easy. My clients want to spend more time with people or her interests than in her closet. Does this sound like you?

What is your point of view? What are you thinking?

Thank You!

Last fall we did a Crowd-Funding project with the good folks at Plum Alley. We raised $25,000 to produce our new shirts and launch our 9 pieces gives you 30 looks collection. These are the wonderful people who participated in our project and for whom I am most grateful. Do call whenever you need anything.

Carmen Munoz, Christian Gillette Purkiss, Lease Kerr, E., Lisa Van Dusen, Anonymous, Karen Page, Amy S., Mary V. Hughes, Juliana Hudoba, Cassandra Pickett, MJ Elmore, Lucy Drummond, Carolina Portillo, Jenny Santos, Michelle Bonat, Linnea Olson-Rijn, Sue Neville, Colette Cranston, Linda Oleson, Diana Neiman, Nancy Jordan, Sally Lieber, Kathleen Avery, Valerie McCarthy, Iris Litt, MD, Doug de Vivo, Carolyn Williams, M, Al Jackson, Deborah Buresh Jackson, Debbie Tranowski, Helen Yu, Karen Moulds, Lisa Brandin, Karen Olson, Marie Bendix, Nicole Neal, Anne Taylor, Lynn Courts, Mitzi Pierce, Nancy Shepherd, Sally Lee, Susan Woods, Teresa McTigue, Ph.D., Carol Scott, Libby, Kelli's mom, Shelley Jones, Kelli Howard, Karen, Barbara Goodrich, Elaine Hahn,

they can always be seen here ...  http://camillaolson.com/thankyou.html




And here is but one example how 9 pieces become 30 looks:

9 Pieces - 30 Looks lg 1-14 Final 1-25-14