3.5- leila2 Untitled-2 leila leila_yavari_nymag_com leila3 leila4 Leila_Yavari-53 Untitled-1 leila12 leila11 Stylebop-com-Fashion-Director-Leila-Yavari-1-articleImage-b3fdb855-322092 leila10 leila9 4239-Le-21eme-Adam-Katz-Sinding-Leila-Yavari-Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week-Australia-Spring-Summer-2013-2014_AKS1206Leila Yavari wears a lot of pumps. Whether they are black, metallics, or shades of buttery neutrals, all of her high-heeled shoes add a ladylike finish to her minimal ensembles. OK, so what if I’m not exactly a huge fan of stilettos? They pinch my toes and make me feel like my mother. Somehow on Yavari, their appeal is totally convincing.

Iranian-born Yavari is luxury retailer, Stylebop‘s fashion director. Her personal style can be described as simple, at times feminine, always impeccable. Even when she dabbles in typically menswear pieces, like baggy leather joggers and relaxed men’s knits, her grace—and her stilettos—always make her look refined. And very powerful. I’m obviously jealous, but also inspired.

In a few short days I turn 30. While I don’t believe in the idea of “dressing your age”, there is something to be said about looking more sophisticated and elegant as I exit my 20s. No, I will not be throwing out my holographic dresses and cheerleader skirts. Those will always have a time and a place. But at work and in meetings, as I plan for even bigger and better things in 2015, what could be the harm in dressing the part?

Fashion has long been maligned as a hobby of the superficial and frivolous. The fact that it has also been considered more of a feminine pursuit is no coincidence. This equivalence between the feminine and the frivolous is obviously sexist in nature. Thank goodness for successful and fashionable women like Yavari, who have been quietly dismantling this false correspondence, one stunning outfit at a time.

Images via style.com, The Coveteur, Le 21ème, whowhatwear, Style du Monde, Candice Lake, Stockholm Streetstyle, Vanessa Jackman, and The Cut.

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