Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner: She's Redefining Women's Work Wear

March 7 - On The Dot
 
FIRST THOUGHT: A Little Perspective

Have you ever watched a TV show or movie that has completely changed your perspective about something? The latest show I’m bingeing on is called The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and it’s done just that. The main character transitions from self-assured advice guru to an unsteady wife heading toward divorce.

Though this new terrain involves ups and downs, she finds a new part of herself, one that’s brave and spontaneous and full of candor. I’m sure you can relate to a momentous occasion shaking up your life, and sure, there have probably been some real lows. But today, think about all the good that has emerged and those life-altering experiences that have helped you become the amazing woman you are.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: More Than 100,000

If you decide to get on The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce bandwagon, be prepared to see some stunning outfits and killer stilettos that make my feet hurt just looking at them. Whether you want to rock some red-hot pumps or feel comfier in your college Birkenstocks, it’s your prerogative, girlfriend.

And when it comes to fancy women’s footwear, it turns out folks in the U.K. tend to agree with that sentiment. More than 100,000 people recently signed a petition urging Parliament to amend an unbelievable law that actually made it legal for employers to require women to wear high heels. I guess some Brits realized it’s kind of difficult to walk a mile in our 4-inch stiletto shoes!

WOMEN TO WATCH: Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner, Co-founders of Argent

Gone are the days when being a career woman meant having a closet stacked with required work wear like high heels, pantyhose and muted colors. The perfect power suit is one that you love. Period. That’s where today’s Women to Watch come in. Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner created a bangin’ collection of women’s work wear—functional clothes with attitude—that’s as unique as every woman.

From cropped trousers in plaid, blouses in chambray and even jumpsuits, their women’s-clothing company, Argent, offers practical clothes with a healthy dose of sass. While Sali and Eleanor provide all the work-wear necessities, every single clothing item evokes an air of confidence, modern flair and lots of boldness—without coming across as too casual or juvenile. When I was browsing the Argent website, the first thing to catch my eye was a double-breasted blazer with interior pockets. That’s right, no more fake pockets or lack of pockets for ladies. This smart yet unbulky blazer includes a place for your phone, credit cards and heck, even a snack. The pockets are mesh, so you can glance at your phone screen without pulling it out. Oh yeah, and Argent offers free shipping on all items and free returns. Need I say more?

Admitting a little bit of fate played its hand in their meeting, Eleanor, who had an education and experience working in fashion, and Sali, who had a background in business administration, first connected through a mutual friend. Interestingly, Eleanor’s family history was almost foretelling. Her great-grandfather worked in the textile business and, according to Eleanor, hired more women than any other pre-World War II factory in the South.

Noticing an innovation gap in women’s work wear, and armed with the goal of creating clothing that helps empower women versus simply designing yet another garment, Sali and Eleanor combined their areas of expertise and created Argent last summer, hoping to connect with career-oriented millennials.

The perfect power suit or cool, casual dress can make any woman feel on top of the world. Thanks to Sali and Eleanor, whose Argent clothing is designed for the stylish, the unapologetic and ambitious women who take charge, make noise and drop-kick the glass ceiling.

QUITE THE QUOTE

Today’s quote comes from fashion-design icon Yves Saint Laurent. He said:

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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