When I was asked to participate on a panel at my local FGI chapter, my brain immediately turned to what I would wear. I admit, not exactly the most responsible reaction when you’re being asked to speak on the business of fashion in front of a crowd. But, hey. We are who we are, n’est-ce pas? I looked for weeks and couldn’t quite find the right outfit. I wanted something that felt strong, but still modern. Feminine, but it had to command attention. It was on a snowy winter day in New York at the showroom of Monif C that the perfect outfit was thrust into my hand by Bri, one of the amazing staffers at Monif’s HQ. “Try this on, it’s going to look amazing on you,” she insisted. I’ve been skeptical of jumpsuits in the past, but the fabric of Monif’s Sienna was incredible. The sweetheart neckline seemed to be made for my frame. Bri zipped me in, and I stepped in front of the mirror. I believe my actual words were something along the lines of: “Ohmigod no freakin’ way!” Yep. Eloquence, thy name is Crystal. But truthfully, the jumpsuit fit like a glove. And the thing I didn’t expect was how powerful it made me feel. I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear for my FGI panel. This is, without a doubt, my version of a power suit.
The inseam was a tad bit too long, but I took it as an opportunity to cuff the legs – one of my signature styling tricks! I’m all for showing off that ankle.
I had such a great time speaking on the panel! The best part was when audience members came up to ask me questions afterward. It was so awesome being able to help people one-on-one.
Do you have an item in your closet that is your go-to for a powerful look? Tell me in the comments!