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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.

Make Your Wardrobe Work Harder for You

Choice can be debilitating. Whether it’s food or dates or shoes, we like the idea of choice, but often suffer a paralyzing sense of information overload as a result. So, it’s no wonder that one of the most frequent requests I receive from both my...

Stand Out for the Right Reasons

We all want to fit in at work, but we don’t want to blend in so much that we’re overlooked. In fact, a new Harvard Business School study finds that wearing “unusual” clothing can actually boost personal status in the eyes of onlookers.  But...

10 Stylish Staples With Staying Power

Dressing to impress isn’t always an easy formula. We’re often presented with the polarizing options of classic or trendy — which leads us to think that we must choose between conservative and boring or hip and fun. But there is something...

Fashion “Rules” Worth Breaking

Always wear this. Never do that. Women are perpetually fed hard-and-fast rules about what they should or should not do when it comes to fashion. And it’s not just about appealing to our vanity: We are taught to think that acting outside the...

Streamline Your Style and Save

Yes, minimalism is trendy. From tiny houses to sparse interiors to juice cleanses, strategic reduction is oh-so-chic. But unlike other trendy traps, sartorial minimalism is one craze that stands up to the hype. Limiting the number of items in...

10 Summer Staples That Will Last Beyond the Season

Summer is the season of “light,” and it’s the perfect time to lighten up your wardrobe (and leave your wallet a little heavier). You may have heard that men can own just 10 pieces of clothing and wear them indefinitely on repeat. In the hotter...

Don’t Fall For These 5 Pricing Tricks

Never underestimate the lengths retailers will go to to get you to spend more. Everything from product placement to music to scent can subconsciously coerce you into opening your wallet. But perhaps the most pervasive and effective strategy...

5 Science-Backed Steps to Get Happier

An estimated 50 percent of our happiness levels come from our genes (also known as our “set point”), which means the other 50 percent is a combination of our circumstances and voluntary choices. So, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person...

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