By Jennifer Merritt
Updated Dec 29, 2014 @ 3:20 pm
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Name:Sarah Humphreys

Job title/company:Executive editor, Real Simple

What does that mean?I top-edit the stories in every issue and oversee the editorial staff.

What are you wearing?A Henrik Vibskov jersey dress, Chloe sandals, YSL bag.

Why is this your power outfit?It’s the right combination of dressed up (but not too) and interesting (but not too). If I have something important to do, I like to wear something that feels like me and that people notice—never all black, never a suit, never a blazer (cue claustrophobia). I still remember buying all these skirt suits for my first job out of college and I never felt right—and they never fit right, either. I’m a dress girl, so I wear a dress and step it up with good shoes and my one fancy bag (a big purchase I thought through carefully—timeless, season-agnostic, built to last).

How can fashion boost your confidence at work?When you get dressed for work (especially on days when it really matters), focus on being the best version of you. Sounds cheesy, but it works. Power up your own personal style, as opposed to wearing something you think you’re supposed to wear. And comfort is key—if you’re sweating through an interview in a tight, wrinkled something-or-other, it’s hard to think about anything else.

Advice for young women when dressing for a career in media?You can have fun with your clothes, which is nice. And I’ve never seen anyone in a pair of pantyhose. But you still need to maintain a level of professionalism. Look to your boss and colleagues for clues to what’s appropriate and what’s not.

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