work horse

i may no longer qualify for “back to school” shopping, but that doesn’t mean i can’t use the season’s sales to stock up on some of my week day staples. not sure why i gravitate towards pants versus skirts or dresses for the office most mornings, but over the last few years i’ve accumulated quite a collection (perhaps because i’m perennially cold, and they don’t require recently shaving your legs).

as the workhorses in my wardrobe, i never feel bad splurging on a well made style, given they see a lot more action than most items in my closet. but several bargain pairs have also worked their way into rotation, including a legendary $19 pair of WHBM clearance culottes i bought during a work trip in Columbus, OH and wore so often they literally disintegrated at the seams. which of course they no longer make. RIP.

below are the six pairs of work pants I wear around the clock (and pretty much all year long). the rag & bone simone’s have a sleek high waisted fit and concealed back zipper, perfect for longer tops or sweaters, but the barney’s trousers deserve the high school superlative “best all around,” and if you buy them at the store custom tailoring is included. a zara knit pair, far left, might be the newest addition to the group but they are coming in hot– as basically chic sweatpants with an adjustable wrap waist, i can’t say enough good things about them. grab a pair (or two) before they sell out!

also, knowing that most working gals have their “go to” pair of black pants (many of which are the herewith Minnie I’m told), i would love to hear your favorites in the comments below! we can have a big happy-family-sister-of-the-traveling-pants-kumbaya moment. gap? milly? theory? club monaco? pick your poison and share with the group please!


links to pants– zara, banana republic, rag & bone (solid, plaid), barneys, reformation

as for my other office items in heaviest rotation? theory short sleeved turtlenecks (if i buy long sleeves i push them up anyways), an green tibi knit t-shirt that i can’t seem to find online (similar to this one), this black buttoned blazer i leave on the back of my chair, a pair of block heeled pumps i’ve worn into the ground (subway grates and construction zones are landmines in stilettos), and a plain gold watch. all guaranteed to expedite getting out the door monday morning and help you survive ’til friday! Xx

summer in the city

while most people (at least life according to Instagram) are currently headed to various summer vacations, beach getaways and tropical destinations, this working girl is sticking to the mean streets of nyc, at least Monday-Friday.

leave it to one of my favorite fashion blogs, le catch, to have me clamoring for the perfect new summer office staple — a linen blazer. as with anything featured on le catch, most items go quickly, so I was happy to snap up the j.crew style below before it sold out (hopefully it will be restocked soon).

a lightweight linen style can be thrown over a shift dress for days you don’t feel like getting dressed (ie after too many margs at happy hour the night prior), or it can do double duty over a t-shirt on chilly weekend evenings. but since the temperature in my building is set on arctic, I can’t wait to wear mine with some crisp white loafers, a knit shell, and basic work pants. of course, oversized black shades are also necessary for warding off the summer glare on Park Avenue– perfect for stating “I might be relegated to a concrete jungle, but I’m on vacation in my mind!”

links to items above (left to right)

sunglassesle specs, saint laurent, krewe, tom ford

blazersrebecca vallance, lafayette 148, j.crewbanana republic

(plus more blazer options by h&m, white house black market, mango, and zara)

pants– rag & bonetibinanette leporej.crew

loaferssteve maddenjoie, freda salvadorgucci

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!