work it girl

ah, dreaded monday is here again.

a friend of mine is starting a new job at a tech startup this week and reached out for some advice on how to nail a very casual office dress code. While most people would be psyched to have the freedom to wear pretty much whatever you want to work, as a female who’s grown up in pretty formal business settings, I can relate to how untethering this transition might be. sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming.

first, let’s source some inspiration…

as you can see highlighted in many of the shots above, there are a few staples any working girl should own. these include a white cashmere crewneck, well tailored cropped black pants, a pointy flat (these or these) and a navy blazer. however, outside those parameters, i have come up with a pretty standard recipe of key items for getting dressed in a hurry monday – friday.

my six piece recipe:


Links (listed left to right)

studs: j.crew    elizabeth & james    blue nile    tiffany

jackets: iro    banana republic    helene berman

bags: asos    tory burch    proenza schouler    bvlgari

tops: banana republic    theory    iris & ink

bottoms: tibi    re/done    rebecca taylor    iro

shoes: jcrew    nicholas kirkwood   ann taylor    frye


CPs- are there things I missed? what are some of your go-to work staples? let me know!

powder puff

as with everything in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out (cut heidi klum project runway voice here). to me, one recent transition has been particularly stark– the last or two have been all about the statement shirt, but we swiftly transitioned from 2016’s off the shoulder (“OTS”) bohemian moment straight into a world of late 1980’s poufed power sleeves. volume, ruching, structure and even shoulder pads are showing up EVERYWHERE this fall. let’s peruse…

while i’m ready to stick padding in my blazers, i am digging the puff sleeved vibe. in my head, i envision a crisp white pirate shirt of sorts, paired with dark high waisted denim, a big ole pair of ear baubles, and some slick patent loafers. is it just me, or do other people plan dream outfits in their head as much as i do?

1- blouse, 2- earrings, 3- straight jeans, 4- loafers, 5- hooded parka, 6- mini bag

when i found this blouse by Sea at bergdorf’s last week, i immediately fell in love with the detailed sleeves and elastic bodice ruching. however, i did not love the $350 price tag– for a top i will a) be sick of in 3-6 months and b) get a bronzer stain on the neck immediately upon wearing.

i love my statement shirts and their ability to make an easy outfit, but as a “late 20’s lady” as my boyfriend calls me these days, i’ve also realized how quickly they rotate in and out of my closet. with that in mind, I set out to find some less pricey internet dupes. my five favorites are below…

1- sea, 2- asos  , 3- pixie market, 4- urban outfitters, 5- anthropologie, 6- asos

CPs— what are your feels on this trend?! love it or leave it? lemme know!  

office refresh

with the last summer vacation behind me, i’ve gone full force into work mode. unfortunately, my office wardrobe needs a little catching up– i caught my reflection in the glass today and realize the shirt i was wearing had not only a coffee stain from the last time I wore it, but also had strings fraying at the hem (whoops). thankfully i perused the web and found a plethora of freshness to spiffy up my 9-5 self; all at a variety of prices. i might not even mind the return to cubicle life if it means i get to wear these!

from left to right…

blazers: felt jacketiro multicolored

loafers: fringed metalliccamo slipperssuede flats, penny loafers

shirts: poplin striped tunictie neck blouse, j.crew blythe

accessories: resin earrings, signet ring, tortoise glasses, camel tote, loewe scarf

plaid: checked trousers, tie waist skirtruffled dress

knitwear: sleeveless shell, side tie top, pleated knit skirt

knit is it

for those diligent fb stalkers out there, you may have noticed (but hopefully not!) that one of my best friends and I frequently mail each other boxes of clothes and often get snapped in the same stuff. we both are over-shoppers and under-wearers. hehe, yes, we wear undergarments 😉 — i mean we share to double our closet, get more use out of certain things and save some dough in the process. in nyc, i know of a few girls who do this through hosting “clothes swaps” at different peoples apartments, which is a game in town i would also like to get in on. thoughts?

in my mailbox i usually find her recently worn pieces, mostly printed tops and party dresses, but occasionally there are basics. i gave myself the rule that everything she sends me must be worn at least once, so i’ve had to get creative. having someone picking out your clothes for you has definitely made me step out of my comfort zone!

one such piece, a grey knit short sleeved dress (worn by gigi hadid below) was sent, accompanied by the text “its too tight for me, but i know it will look great on you!” errr…thanks gf?! we are exactly the same size. body-con styles are definitely not my thing, i literally detest and fear the lower abdomen pooch that inevitably comes with them. but i made myself follow the rule, and figured some layers with it (tights, leather jacket, scarf) would help me leave the house in it.
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fast forward four months, the joke is on me, because i’m wearing this dress on regular repeat. i can’t get over how versatile of a piece it is (truly as basic as a t-shirt) and i know it will be a building block for my spring wardrobe as well. since i am now a clingy dress convert, here are a few tips for styling them:

  1. going it alone is tough- unless you have a rocking supermodel bod or a boatload of self-confidence (or hopefully both! like our girl gigi), these dresses are going to be tough to wear alone. they tend to emphasize every bump and bulge, and the fabrics are usually sheer. if you can find a thicker material, score! but if not, don’t be scared like i was, and read on to tip #2…
  2. jackets are your friend- the key to making myself comfortable in this style was putting something over it. Initially I tried a soft iro blazer for work followed by a leather jacket for night. For warmer weather, I’m thinking a duster cardigan, jean jacket or even trench vest will all do the trick.
  3. so are heels- as with anything tight, heels lengthen and lean you out. as i’ve gotten more comfortable in the dress, i’ve also done a pointed toe flat which has a similar effect.
  4. look for a longer hemline- in this kind of style that is already tight in the booty, the last thing you want to be doing is tugging it down all day. i love how the dress CHG sent is a longer length, and you can always scrunch up this type of fabric somewhat to shorten it. long sleeves can help you feel more covered too.

intrigued? sold? a bunch of options: this white style with a slit, this A&F (which looks shockingly similar to this much more expensive opening ceremony dress), a sleeveless turtleneck, a $59 steal, stripes from our friends at club monaco, a classic version by the gap and a daring raspberry bcbg.

for work…

trench bracelet shoes

for play…

sneakers bag jacket earrings sunglasses