For those who know her, Hilde Vanden Berghe - office manager at Argenta Heist and mother to two extraordinary young professionals - can be portrayed with a few dense words: warm-hearted, optimistic, trustworthy, elegant and multi-faceted. I consider myself lucky to call her my friend. Meet Hilde in an exclusive interview for "Women of Style" on La Greca Blog.
Concept, styling, photography: Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe
Clothes: personal collection and La Greca Blog
Accessories: La Greca Blog
Makeup: MAC Knokke
How passionate are you about your job?
I’m very passionate about my job, because I want the best financial accumulation for my clients. I want my clients to be satisfied and have trust in my team by communicating as transparent as possible. Transparency and reliability are key aspects in my job, and I aim at taking our services a step further with true personal contact. I value the human factor a lot.
Your best career moment?
There isn’t one specific moment that makes my career, actually. Every day I try to serve my clients efficiently and create growth in every possible way.
What’s most challenging for you as a woman in your line of work?
The greatest challenge of being a female banker is to build out the right investment portfolio for every specific client. But it’s this challenge that makes my job interesting. People can be demanding - and it is quite natural when it comes to investing your life's gain. So as a woman needs to put an extra effort in projecting the right image of spirited and intellectual femininity.
How important are style and fashion in your daily life? Tell us about your outfits at work and beyond.
Style and fashion are important in my job. I want to present myself in a business look to radiate confidence. What I like the most is a dress with a blazer or a suit. I have adopted the style outside work as well. I believe in a serious yet fun look, with the right touch of glamour.
Summer 2018: Ice cream pastels (baby pink, lilac etc), exotic florals (patterns with flowers) or powerful brights (coral red, electric blue, yellow...)?
Last year I followed a color analysis. I was told by specialists that I was a winter type, so my basic colours are black and white supplemented with pink, blue… I intend to follow this advice in the upcoming summer too and add perhaps a touch of ash pink which is the latest trend.
Your favorite accessory?
That’s a difficult question for me. Accessories are very important to make my look complete. What I wear the most are scarves, bags, high heels, sunglasses… But if I really have to choose one, I’d go for the high heels.
Your secret ingredient in life?
Don’t give up and look forward. Be positive! Life is beautiful.
It's something I live by and try to reflect on others too.
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