Look Powerful and Womanly in a Dress

“Feel Like A Woman, Wear a Dress.” It’s a famous  quote from designer Diane Von Furstenbeg that Anne Berit Olsvik seems to have incorporated into her signature style.

Anne Berit Olsvik

Anne, who hails from Norway, is a top Success coach who helps women leaders step into their power and command attention. I’ve known Anne for several years. Every time we get together in Los Angeles or New York for a networking event, she looks like a knockout.

No one wears a dress like Anne. She has a great figure and is a pro at choosing  the perfect colors and styles to suit her sexy shape. Anne is a woman who understands how to wear dresses over 40. She’s got the look!

I asked Anne to share her dressing over 40 style with us.

DeborahBoland2124Deb: Anne – How would you describe your style? 

I would describe my style as elegant and feminine with touches of color. Although I am not super slim, I generally try to show my body’s positive traits in a flattering way. Dresses are a great way to do that.

Deb: Tell us a bit about the 3 looks you sent in and where you wore them?

Look # 1 – Business Event in Los Angeles

I wore this dress to a business event in Los Angeles. I like it because of the bright colors and bold floral print.

It also has a very laid back, casual feel to it in keeping with the west coast lifestyle.

My favorite thing about this dress is the pretty ruffle detail at the neckline.


Anne makes a statement in bright, bold florals

Look #2 – My Go-To Business Outfit

I usually wear this outfit for speaking engagements, client meetings, and other types of business meetings. This particular picture was taken for my webpage and for branding purposes.

This classic wrap dress is very “me.” I like bold contrasting graphic prints and I’m a big fan of colorful costume jewelry.

The gorgeous chunky, red necklace enhances my skin tone. I always receive lots of compliments when I wear it.

My high black leather boots really make this a very modern, fashion forward outfit.

Look # 3 – All-Day Business Event

You’ve probably noticed I love anything with a bold black and white graphic print. I chose this dress for an all-day event because it’s comfortable and easy to wear. It keeps its shape and is wonderful for concealing a tummy.

Once again, I have on a really interesting necklace which is great to draw the eye up to my face.



Deborah BolandAnne Berit i RigaDeb: What’s the best style tip  you’ve ever received?dresses-that-hide-tummy

The best style tip I ever received had nothing to do with dresses. It had to do with jeans. I was told a long time ago that I should wear “boot cut jeans”.

They are great for balancing my female figure and wider thighs. I highly recommend them for gals who find skinny tapered jeans don’t work for them.

Thanks, Anne for you inspirational Total Image style. If you would like to see more of Anne’s style check out this earlier post I did on Anne about how to incorporate color into your black wardrobe.


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  1. I love all her dresses, not too revealing at all!!! Great style.

  2. HUsniya says:

    I love these looks! She is very much same type as mine, heart shaped face, shot hair, not so thin body with curves. I make same kinds of choices for clothes and feel complemented!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I, too, love dresses and wear them 90% of my workdays. However, I think every dress shown in this article is too low-cut and revealing for office wear. I would never wear a dress that showed even a hint of cleavage — to me, it’s unprofessional and unnecessarily distracting. As Coco Chanel described and I paraphrase here, dress appropriately so one notices the woman.

  4. Being a dress lover myself, I couldn’t agree more to DvF.
    Anne indeed has great style and her dresses are fabulous! Especially love look 2 and 3.
    Interesting about the boot cut jeans, I was recently thinking I should try one. Now I will do.

    Deborah, thank you for introducing Anne!

    Lady of Style