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Meet Emily Merrell, Founder of Six Degrees Society

Written by Homa Zaryouni -

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While we love a glitter gown at 10 Wooster, we realize not all borrowing happens for glamorous after-dark events. Sometimes a girl needs a blazer, silk blouse, and kick-ass handbag for the confidence to nail an interview or a client - at the exact moment when blowing a few G’s at Theory and Saint Laurent would be err, irresponsible. (No need to raid H&M’s sale rack, we got you.)

When it comes to Girl Boss style, there is nobody better to emulate than Emily Merrell. As the founder of a women-only networking group Six Degrees, she connects all current and future girlbosses. With 2,000+ followers and a presence in 10 US cities, Six Degrees Society has become a networking circle for women looking for the “what’s next” in their careers.

Here’s the Q&A with Emily, where she tells us about the importance of an outfit that evolves through the day and the transforming power of a bold lip.

Describe your style in a sentence

Casual chic, a mixture of high and low. 

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When did you become interested in fashion? 

Starting in middle school I was very interested in fashion and interested in finding items from the places I traveled to. Each scarf, piece of jewelry and jacket had its own unique story. 

How has your interest in fashion evolved over the years? 

Ironically I’ve worked for a lot of name brand companies but have gravitated to the pieces that were one of a kind or from a small boutique. My style has evolved from job to job but as an entrepreneur, I have landed on stylish comfort with a classic leather jacket, bold earrings, and basic white sneakers or high tops. 

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You're a stylish woman, as well as an incredibly busy woman. Can you give us some tips on how to be stylish and productive?

My outfit evolves throughout the day. If I’m running around throughout the day it may start in sneakers or in a top bun and by the end of the day I’ve traded my top bun for loose curls and boots. I either bring the change of shoes with me or try my best to stop at home for a quick switch over. If all else fails I add a bold lip (red or fuchsia) and my outfit is dressed up automatically. 

What style tips did you learn from your mother? 

To be bold with what you put together. She had lived in Mexico during her high school years so vibrant colors have been ingrained in my palate from a young age. 
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Cuyana Clutch available to rent from Emily's closet
Who is your style icon? 

Audrey Hepburn. She was so classic and kept it simple yet stylish. In my ideal world I’d wear a uniform every single day but accessorize it. 

What is your dream dress or brand to borrow? 

Helmut Lang can do no wrong in my eyes. I’d walk in there and love to be dressed in their clothing every single day. 

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