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Anna Akbari

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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.

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...

How to Present Your Best Self on Social Media

Remember when photographs were personal? And only a small group of people saw those snaps at any given moment? They usually remained hidden in an album, only to be paraded out (to very select audiences) infrequently. Maybe they induced a few...

Style Inspiration: Standout Signature Looks of 6 Successful Women

What are you known for? Perhaps it’s your cleverness or your precision. Or maybe your sense of humor. Whatever it is that sets you apart, it pays to align those noteworthy qualities with the look you’re projecting. Your personal image has the...

6 Ways to Improve Your Look Beyond Fashion

We love a quick fix — life’s bandaids for personal improvement. And when it comes to our appearance, we are particularly susceptible to purchasing things that promise to be the holy grail of beauty and attractiveness, like a magical potion or a...

How to Shop Your Own Closet

The average woman spends $3,400 per year on clothes — and yet, a majority of us still feel like we have nothing to wear. And with over half the clothes in our closets not currently in use, it’s no wonder we can seemingly have so much and yet feel...

Are You Paying Too Much for Your Wardrobe?

It’s time to focus on quality — not just quantity — in all aspects of life, but especially when you shop. That doesn’t mean we can’t still embrace a bargain — but how do you define “value”? For  many savvy American shoppers, it’s more than the...

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