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Clothes That Work: Beth Wilkinson

Seven women who always look professional talk about dressing for success—where they shop, what they’re buying, and outfits that go from office to cocktails

Wilkinson’s navy-blue Féraud outfit works for work and for social occasions. The two pieces are $1,600 at Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; (301) 652-2250. Photograph by Matthew Worden.

Executive vice president and general counsel, Fannie Mae

Her work style: “I like to be business-appropriate but feminine. Whether I wear a suit, slacks, or a dress, tailoring and good material are important.”

Designers she wears: “I feel great in Louis Féraud suits—one of my favorites is blue with a pinstriped jacket and bouclé skirt. Theory is good for simple pieces with a bit of a ‘downtown’ look.”

On her feet: “I love high heels. Stuart Weitzman shoes are comfortable, and I also wear Manolo Blahniks. I’m getting a pair of Jimmy Choo black patent open-toe shoes for spring.”

Sophisticated extras: Scarves by Pucci and Hermès.