What I Wear to Work: Pitching to Clients, Networking, and Speaking at Events

Graphic designer Jill Spaeth shows off her wardrobe at WeWork Chinatown.

Who: Jill Spaeth, 32

President and Director of Design, Citizen Creative

What I do: “I’m a design consultant specializing in experience design–primarily large-scale environmental graphics and signage. Each day is so different for me. My days vary from being at my desk developing a new concept to pitching a client at their office to visiting a site in a hard hat! I love the variety, and it fuels my creative process.”

My work style: “It’s classic with a ‘pop’ of something unexpected, which reflects my personality and my laugh—which if you know me is LOUD. I love bright and fun shoes—you’ll rarely see me in a plain black shoe. My look usually incorporates a mix of different brands too, because I want to make each look my own. I’m a designer after all! I’ve built a wardrobe around a variety of ‘staple’ pieces that easily mix and match.”

Pitching to a New Client

“When meeting with a new client, I dress professionally and buttoned-up. I prefer to wear a crisp white or black shirt with one statement piece–in this case, my favorite Ted Baker pencil skirt. I want to give my prospective client a professional but bold impression that matches the work I create.”

Hugo Boss shirt, Ted Baker skirt, Sarah Jessica Parker shoes, Stella & Dot Citron drops earrings and Rebel ring.

Networking Event

“I like to dress comfortably for networking events so I’m not distracted by what I’m wearing and can focus on conversations. I usually wear pants and pumps with a thicker heel so they’re comfortable to stand in for a few hours.”

Milly blouse, Rebecca Taylor slacks, Sarah Jessica Parker shoes, gold bracelet handed down from her grandmother, Stella & Dot Black Rory necklace and Arrison gold bracelet.

Speaking Engagement

“When I’m giving a talk I like to dress in darker clothing so that my brightly-colored slides with mind-blowing content hit home with my audience. This is my favorite look because it’s a true reflection of me—dark colors, a chunky boot and a unique leather-sleeved jacket. I always get compliments when I wear this to a speaking engagement.”

Helmut Lang jacket and pants, Theory shirt, Kate Spade boots, Stella & Dot Green Janie Studs, Gold Pegasus Necklace, Chevron gold ring, Pyramid cuff, and Eden bangle.

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