Career Chic Council: Jennifer Markas

Jennifer Markas

Jennifer is the founder of Damsels in Design, a cross-disciplinary membership organization for New York-based women in design. As the face of the company, Jennifer’s style is crucial—networking is, quite literally, her job. So who better to take advice from? We sat back and soaked it in.

What’s your daytime work style?
My daytime work style is ladylike chic. Think Jackie O., but swap out the pearls for a big statement necklace. Since I run a design organization, I like to leave a memorable impression, and fashion is such an easy way to do it without having to open my mouth. I love color—it’s easy to be noticed in New York when you’re wearing a bright pink shift dress in a sea of black suits.

How do you take your look from office to evening?
I always carry a pair of heels with me. I swap out my ballet flats for a pair of nude, patent leather pumps (they go with everything!) or espadrilles in the summer. Under-eye concealer is a major must for me. Being an entrepreneur, I never get enough sleep, so I definitely need to cover up those dark circles! Everything in the Nars collection works wonders. It’s expensive, but worth it: The products last at least six months.

What’s your weekend style?
In the summer, I wear a cotton minidress with a chambray on top and a pair of pearl earrings. Come fall and winter, I’m in J.Crew black leggings with an oversize sweater and Frye boots (NYC winters are cold, so boots are a must).

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
Adding jewelry can make even the simplest outfit look and feel glamorous. It’s cheaper to buy an amazing statement necklace than it is to purchase an entire outfit—and believe me, you will have the necklace for much longer.

See our stylist's picks on the next page.


  1. The Snakeskin Heel
    Snakeskin is a great alternative to Jennifer’s nude heels. These shoes complement any outfit and carry her from season to season.
    Nala Python Pump, $248.00, available at

  2. The Versatile Cocktail Dress
    Jennifer loves color, but this sand-colored dress is utterly chic. She can incorporate color by accessorizing with bangles or a great pair of bright heels.
    Laila Dress in Liquid Jersey, $250.00, available at

  3. The Riding Boot
    An alternative to Jennifer’s trusty Fryes is this stylish black riding boot with a gold buckle detail.
    Leather riding boots, $189.00, available at

  4. The Cape Sweater
    Capes are back this season. This drapey, three-quarter-sleeve sweater is a more accessible take on the evergreen silhouette.
    Wool and cashmere sweater, $98.00, available at

  5. The Winter Coat
    I love everything about this coat—the color, the cut and the price. This piece will last Jennifer for eternity while looking fabulously chic the whole time.
    Kate Spade Saturday slip neck coat, $250.00, available at

  6. The Bold Bracelet
    Jennifer loves colors, and these bright, spiky bangles are a great way to brighten any outfit.
    Enamel bangles, $63.00 each, available at

  7. The Bib Necklace
    This necklace is just the statement piece every woman needs. It goes with any color palette and can be worn to the office or for a night out on the town.
    Catherine Stein Shaky bib necklace, $56.00, available at

  8. The (Faux) Leather Legging
    Step up your pants game with these faux leather leggings. Not only are they comfortable, you’ll look sleek and fashionable wearing them with heels, boots or flats.
    Blank leggings, $98.00, available at



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