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Jenny Whitlock: “Corporate” Style

Jennifer (Jenny) Whitlock spends her weekdays as an Executive Director of Marketing Strategy at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In her words, she’s “in charge of getting people into movie theaters, basically. Along with a giant team of people who are all working on that same goal.”

We sat down with Jenny to talk about how she maintains great “corporate” style amidst a schedule packed with presentations and meetings.
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Here’s what she had to say:

How would you describe your style?
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For example, the dress I’m wearing right now is very classic design, but then I’ve added a bracelet that’s very laden with jewels.
It’s a mix of old and new that I like too. The dress is actually a vintage dress, but the bracelet is J. Crew. I feel like that livens things up but still gives you a piece you can wear time and time again. For me, it’s about staying on trend without having to spend exorbitant amounts of money. Because trends come and go.

How do you put together an outfit for a big day?
Usually it’s comfort, as sad as that is. It’s also wearing something that gives me an extra boost of confidence, that I feel good in, that can carry me through the day of meetings and presentations. It’s always good when someone notices what you have on.
Usually I’m a game-time morning decision maker which isn’t the smartest approach.

What’s your go-to outfit?
There’s this black dress that I have from J. Crew. It’s comfortable, dressy knit fabric with a ¾ sleeve. I don’t even have to think. I just grab it and change up the shoes.

Where do you get your style inspiration?
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I’ll notice when someone has a piece of something I like, like a way of wearing a scarf or a pair of shoes. Then I take that and use it.

What was your biggest fashion blunder?
Tight-rolling my jeans, eons ago. I would say too that I’ve done all of what people have followed. Early college wasn’t a great time for me either. I had a baseball cap on sometimes in the morning and there might have been some overalls and hiking boots.

What is your best piece of style advice for a someone just starting out in the professional world?
I would say don’t be afraid to try things. You may think you see something in a magazine or one somebody else and that it might look good on you. But it might not be comfortable or your style, the style you’re trying to define. It took me time to figure out what I like to wear and what makes me happy. When it comes to trying to find your style, know you don’t have to spend money in order to find that either. […] But don’t be afraid to invest in things. I’m not saying everything in your wardrobe needs to cost $150 or more, but there’s something to be said for that one dress that maybe costs a little bit more. I have pieces that I have had since I was about 20 years old that are still in my closet. Because they were so classic and timeless.

What one piece of career advice would you offer to someone just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to listen. I think a lot of times people feel like they need to have their voice heard early on or their presence isn’t felt. Or it’s the opposite and they’re afraid to speak and it’s not even that they’re listening. But you’ll go a long way listening in meetings and absorbing information. That way when the time comes for you to speak or lead the conversation, you’re so much more well informed, and you can make a statement without saying a word in a meeting. And that depends on how you carry yourself and, when you do interact with people, the impression you make. It’s definitely quality over quantity.

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Posted 7 years Ago
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