As vice president of Professional Benefits Inc., an independent insurance and benefits firm, Taylor Tollerton Collins works in a male-dominated industry. Serving as president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Gulf Coast Chapter and on the board of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, she realized her wardrobe should reflect the confidence she possesses in her position.
TAYLOR’S GOAL “I want to be feminine, but still project confidence. I want to combine professionalism and comfort. It’s fun to shake things up and break down that glass ceiling while still being able to rock a red carpet.”
JACKIE’S GOAL “Taylor works in an industry where men are accustomed to wearing suits to meet clients, so it was important to find an outfit that elevated her look while preserving her feminine side. This dress, with its sharp angles, peplum and zipper detail, adds structure, strength and sophistication. The vibrant blue color is refreshing. (Tip: If you are in a conserv-ative industry and decide to add color to your wardrobe, keep it monochromatic.) A striking, strong dress also needs jewelry that won’t get lost. And with such a bold color, I maintained the rule of pairing a nude shoe for the best look, but found one that was more than a simple pump. Taylor’s willingness to try a new hairstyle proved to be the perfect finishing touch.”
TAYLOR’S TAKE “The end result was gorgeous. I never would’ve worn that necklace with the electric blue dress but it looked perfect. I’ve always been afraid of strappy heels, but they were fun and flattering. I can’t wait to wear the dress to my next presentation.”
WHERE TO BUY Tahari dress, $95, Anna and Ava necklace, $36 both from Dillard’s; Tahari shoes, $105; INC. cocktail ring, $26, both from Macy’s.
STORY AND STYLING BY JACKIE ROGERS