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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.

How Does Color Affect Your Mood?

The colors you wear send subtle signals out into the world. And while the idea that we should change colors with the seasons sounds both impractical and tedious, playing chameleon can highlight and draw out different aspects of our personalities....

Shop Your Closet: 6 Spring Trends

After what’s felt like a long visit to Siberia for much of the country, stripping off the layers and slipping into some spring styles feels more therapeutic than indulgent. But before you grab your wallet and run to the shops, start in your...

From Constant Brainstorming to Open Offices — Why We’re Working All Wrong

The way we work is not one size fits all. The eight-hour workday, the 9-to-5 timeframe, the one-hour lunch, the 15-minute break — these are merely social constructs, not “natural” operational modes that work for every office, industry, and...

How to Use Technology to Get Happier

What makes you happy? My hunch is that technology was not the first answer to pop into your head. Perpetual notifications and an ever-full inbox constantly nag for our attention. Rampant misuse of technology hurts our bodies and minds. And no...

5 Successful Women on Their Style Philosophy

Clothes do not make the woman. But they can make her even better. The daily grind of dressing and grooming rituals never ends, nor do the visual, sizing-you-up encounters with clients and coworkers. We all inevitably make our share of fashion...

How to Dress Like Claire Underwood

Since House of Cards debuted, the number-one request I get from clients is “Make me look like Claire Underwood.” Her character is a bit frightening, but aesthetically, she’s impeccably chic and pulled together. And while we don’t all have the...

Don’t Dress for the Job You Want

I don’t own a suit. Never have, likely never will. I feel like a forced caricature of a “business lady” when I step into pantsuits and skirt suits alike. Granted, I don’t have a typical 9-to-5 job, but even when I present to large corporate...

Women’s “Careers” On The Bachelor Are a Sad Joke

I have a secret. And I’m not particularly proud of it. I love The Bachelor. Not like I occasionally tune in when there’s nothing else to watch. No. I watch it religiously and even read the infamous spoiler blog for the inside scoop. It’s a total...

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