Professional Dress and Finding Fendi

By Kenzi, age 19, California

This month I'm going to address two fashion topics I think you'll be interested in. First, "professional dress."

I feel like I've been trying so hard to break away from this expectation that to look and be professional you have to wear boring plain clothes. I had an interview recently for a position at a bank. One of the questions they asked was, "What do you consider 'professional dress?'"

I answered as they expected: "Pencil skirts, button ups, heels, or flats." I said this as I sat there in a pair of black jeggings with a gold sequin tank and black blazer. Mmmm. Guess I don't practice what I preach.

But this topic has been bugging me for so long. Who says you have to be dull and lackluster just to appear grown up and professional? I think that being professional is more about your personality. Of course, you need to look the part, but would you rather talk to someone in a grey suit and tie about your life, or someone who has a spark of color and looks friendly?

Friendly, hello! So I put together some outfits that I think are perfect for an interview or office job that allows you to have some fun and not be so stick straight lame.

The Blazer
Blazer: No Button Soft Lining Rose blazer available for $29 at
Tank: Juicy Couture printed jersey tank available for $30 at
Pants: Paige Verdugo jeggings available for $140 at
Shoes: Very Volatile Woman's twain ankle boots available for $58 at
Necklace: Balmain amaze necklace available for $950 at
Bracelet: Sabrina Dehoff / Statement bracelet available for $199 at

The Vest
Vest: H&M waistcoat available for $39 at
Button up: Today's date top available for $35 at
Pants: Current/Elliot, the skinny corduroy jean available for $200 at
Shoes: Avalanche, available for $135 at
Leg warmers: Heart knit leg warmer available for $7.50 at
Scarf: Oita knitted scarf available for $49 at

Now, changing subjects, please join me as I discover Fendi!

"Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada!" These are lyrics from Kreayshawn's rap entitled "Gucci Gucci" Don't make fun of me, but of these four designers I had never even heard of Fendi before. I decided, since this song has been playing non-stop on my iPod the last few weeks, that I would do a little research into this Fendi character. I definitely learned a lot.

Fendi was created originally for fur and handbags, started by Edwardo and Adele Fendi back in 1925 in Via del Plebiscito, Rome.

In 1946, the five daughters of Fendi took over the company and began to each pour their own ideas into the products. This created the "double F" logo, the clothing line launched in 1977 and accessories that launched in 1984.

Fendi now has 160 boutiques in 25 countries. They tend to stick to neutral colors and hardly ever do anything exceptionally bright. Fur and handbags are still their main attraction, and of course what they are known for, but their other products are just as outstanding in quality.

Now that you've been properly introduced, I'll let you continue your chat with Fendi on your own at their website ( Bye for now!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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