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Meet Maria

Style that keeps up with women who don’t stop

  • By Katie Karlson, plus tips from our expert stylist partner, Dawn Cassidy
  • March 06, 2014


Maria wears a stack of different hats at once. (Metaphorically, that is. Layered hats: not a good look.) She’s an independent pharmacist who runs three businesses in one location—a retail pharmacy, a long-term care pharmacy and a medical supply store. Her job is part clinical, part business, and highly demanding. What she wears under that white lab coat matters a lot.

What’s your daytime work style?
My work style is very conservative and varies from scrubs to business casual. As a young woman in my position, I realized people respond best to a clean, approachable look. I often have to discuss serious (and sometimes very awkward) medical conditions with patients, so keeping a very simplified look is key. I like my personality to shine at work, but try to be subtle by using accessories to play up my look. And a smile is one of the best accessories for my job!

How do you take your look from office to evening?
I can easily update my look to go from business casual to evening with a change of accessories, shoes and makeup. It’s the best way to move a look from professional to sexy and fun. I love chunky, colorful necklaces from Anthropologie and J.Crew, and Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette. 

What’s your weekend style?
It’s full of dresses and skirts since they’re not part of my work wardrobe. I love to play up my accessories and shoes during the weekend—a total change from my workweek attire in most cases. Since I live in Florida I can take advantage of warm-weather looks almost all year, and I love dresses that can be casual or played up.

What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
I make sure I’m making only one big statement. For example, if I’m going to wear a large, bright statement necklace, I focus my outfit around that one item. Layering statement pieces it looks messy, but one added to an outfit makes a big impact and can pull the whole look together.

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