Anna Akbari

Fashion and Workplace Topics

Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and “the thinking person’s stylist.” She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, as well as the Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual self-presentation, visual culture, identity, technology/human relationships, and happiness. Akbari is the founder of Sociology of Style, which offers intelligent commentary on image and culture-related issues, and Sociology of Style services, its personal consulting division, which takes a holistic approach to individual empowerment and identity construction through personal styling and image management. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert and can be found speaking or writing for such outlets as TED, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times. Watch her TED talk; sign-up for Sociology of Style; read and hear more here; follow her on Twitter.

What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

Ahh, the office holiday party. Some can be awkward, groan-inducing experiences, while others are opportunities for testing the limits (of drinking with coworkers). But whatever your office dynamics, one variable remains the same: You have to put...

Engagement Rings: To Wear or Not to Wear?

I never wanted an engagement ring. Ever. I looked at women with left-hand bling in bewilderment, confused by the baubles’ mass appeal, quietly judging what I interpreted as an antiquated tradition. No ring for me. Never ever, I swore. Flash...

A Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Survival Guide

’Tis the season of buying and spending. Or so it seems. If you’re like me, the thought of lining up in the cold, dark night to pounce on a discounted TV or half-price sweater makes you recoil. But despite the frenzied start, you likely do have a...

Warning: Lighting Can Make You Lose Sleep & Money

Once the sun, moon, and stars were our only sources of light. Then came fire, and much much later, electricity (and finally, phone screen glare). It’s only been a few hundreds years — a mere blip in human history — that we have experienced the...

6 Fashion Rules Powerful Women Always Follow

We talk about IQ and EQ, but what about your AQ? Aesthetic intelligence, particularly when it comes to the visual aspects of your identity, reflects your ability to pick up social cues and communicate effectively. It’s no coincidence that powerful...

Dress Like Your Best Self: 5 Fashion Traps to Avoid

Authenticity. Such a complex word, and one that our closets don’t help simplify. We all aspire to be our “true selves” and yet the elusive, individualistic nature of authenticity makes it impossible to uniformly define. Knowing the self takes...

Does ‘Dressing Like a Man’ Lead to Greater Success?

Male bosses still make 35 percent more than their female counterparts, but does that mean women should dress like men? And do the clothes make the man (rich)? Throughout history, gendered dress has been fluid, not fixed. Fashion loves to push...

Context is Key: Professional Dress Codes Translated

You know that sinking feeling when you walk into a party and realize you’ve failed to read the dress code fine print?  Historian and fashion writer Anne Hollander argues that we want to look “right” far more than we want to be fashionable. And...


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