Personal Style 101: Sophisticated & Powerful


I took a little “staycation” this holiday season aka stayed at home and enjoyed a good old-fashioned Netflix binge. The show Ugly Betty was my drug of choice. Sure I’ve watched the entire series before but that was years ago. I wanted to go in with a fresh pair of eyes so I could really enjoy the fashion.

The character Wilhelmina Slater is my muse for this latest installment of Personal Style 101. Even though she was the She-Devil from hell on the show, her style was on point. Every outfit exuded power and sophistication.

What You’ll Need:

  • Modern suit
  • Shift dress
  • High heels
  • Statement necklace
  • Killer bag

Dress // Necklace // Shoes // Bag // Perfume // Lipstick

How to Get the Look: 

Go monochromatic

Wearing a single color from head-to-toe gives the look of a suit, which is uber professional and sophisticated. Plus, it elongates the body making you look taller and like a total boss.

Statement accessories are a must

Save the stacks of bracelets and layered rings for the weekend. A powerful and sophisticated look calls for a one attention getting piece – preferably a killer necklace.

Keep those heels high

Towering over people gives you power, sorry it just does. Wear those heels and wear them high. A great pair of pumps will do the trick – nothing strappy or overly adorned please.

Impeccable grooming is key

Hair, makeup, and nails must be in check at all times if you want to pull of that whole powerful/ sophisticated woman bit. This doesn’t have to be a time consuming chore either. A clear topcoat and a nail file can do wonders in a matter of minutes.

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.