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!

basic betch

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when i saw an article on the news a few weeks ago that kate moss had been kicked off a plane for calling the pilot a “basic bitch” i genuinely laughed out loud. i mean, this is the girl who said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”— undoubtedly she’s never one to mince words. holding Kate as inspiration, for us phelbians avoid this most unchic of labels, try basics with a twist (just like my favorite kind of martini, which i’m sure katie dearest had a few of prior to plate-gate).

#1 not so basic lbd
pic 3.12. paired with the sickest black pumps i ever did see– nicholas kirkwood, you are a genius (another option)

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3. try a cropped white tweed jacket with just the right amount of fringe (or this high-low derek lam version— on sale!)

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4. over this “don’t call me a sweetheart” sweetheart cami

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5. hide tired eyes behind these chic mirrored frames

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6. be airport casual in a lace up tee

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7. with a not so basic crossbody purse that looks way more expensive than it is (hoo knew rag and bone did bags?)

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8. and a comfy pair of trouser jeans to make anyones legs look like a supermodels

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safe travels and clear skies to all of my cps traveling this week! xx