Work Edit

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These pieces in my closet, like others that are increasingly so, are some of my most versatile. The pants I purchased during my last day in Kuala Lumpur in February of this year - and while they have been good to me they are already beginning to disintegrate. The top is a thrifted find from a vintage store in Brooklyn - 100% silk (from a selection of many!) and a perfect high collar to elongate the neck. I'm increasingly unable to wear heels like I used to, so all of my amazing college heels (well, those that I think are appropriate) are only used when I'm sitting at my desk. At least they're being used? 

The setting for this shoot was City Hall in downtown Manhattan - only a few streets away from where I used to live during my junior year in college. And while it was a decent walk to up class everyday, I loved living in this area. It's quieter than the rest of Manhattan in a commercial way. However there are some true hidden food and architectural (pictured above) gems located around this square that most people are unaware of. While there isn't much to actually do around here, it was perfect for a shoot. 

Photography by Kiera Wood

Top - Thrifted

Pant - Market in Kuala Lumpur

Shoes - Topshop

Office Look

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My all-time favorite office look pictured above. When I interned two summers ago at my current company, I kept a little section of my closet free for a few pairs of trousers, blazers, collared shirts, etc. for my bank self, and the rest of the space for my college self that was able to wear whatever. But now that I have been working a full year (omg), personal style has bled into my office style and vice versa. There was no avoiding it - fashion has always been a part of my life that keeps me sane: changing my look every time I clocked out was not only logistically impossible but not at all sane. 

With some trial and effort I realized my work wear didn't need to consist of pant suits only. It helps that I'm not client facing but either way, I've enjoyed the challenge of trying to look professional and keep my own personality in my clothing at the same time. So far I enjoy a pretty monochrome pallet of blacks, greys, taupes, and whites (w/ pops of red pictured here... company colors also red so that helps)  as well as unconventional silhouettes and cuts to keep it interesting. I think more deeply now about how each piece will go with what I already own - which keeps my closet smaller than what it has been before. Also, there is no more of the pulling random tops out of the back of my closet and feeling bad I never wore them. 

Which also means that I am now constantly on the hunt for clothes that don't wear out. It feels like no matter how much I spend on clothing, they die after a few washes. And by die I mean holes, pilling, etc. I do often think about whether clothes are simply unable to withstand their lifespans being the materials that they are and given the way that they are used, or if it planned obsolescence - that is: companies make their products in such a way that they know they will not longer function after a certain point. This way, they are certain consumers will be back to purchase the product (thereby stimulating consumption). I don't know if there is a bigger culprit in this practice than the fashion industry. Whether it is the quality or the style - fast fashion keeps you coming back. I do think however that the current dialogue suggests that if you spend more on clothing that does not fall into the fast fashion category, you will get better quality and the clothes will last longer. While this look may not be the best example, those pieces that I have saved and spent more for don't seem to withstand any longer than the rest. So I wonder if higher end clothing brands are also secretly playing this game. Maybe I'll have to do a little more experimenting (aka save up more money to blow on clothes) before coming to a conclusion. So in the meantime if anyone knows of any brands that make clothes that last (and are still cute pls) feel free to let me know. 

All photography by the lovely Kiera Wood

Top - Cos

Pants - Zara

Shoes - Korea (from market in Edae)

Stripes and Florals

Throwback to a month ago when it was pleasant enough to wear a turtleneck. Now I melt outside and freeze in the workplace all at the same time. 

I wear a pretty monochrome color palette nowadays to keep professional, but that doesn't mean I've gotten rid of all my clothes from before this duller chapter of life. Every once in a while all the pieces shoved in the back of my closet - all the color and patterns - call out to me and I have an urge to wear them. I pretty much only get the chance to on the weekends or evenings now, but they increasingly make me feel like I am stepping out of my comfort the more I exclusively wear blacks, blues, and grays.

The neck on this dress was a little too low for me, so I layered it with a basic striped turtleneck to contrast the large flower print. I think it worked out pretty well. It's too hot now - but hopefully this will make a reappearance in the fall will some more comfortable footwear. 

Pictures were taken near Kiera's apartment in Brooklyn on a small street called Love lane which if you couldn't already tell, is straight out of a story book. I spent much time on StreetEasy looking up property values after our shoot. 

Dress - Pomelo

Turtleneck - Zara

Lip - Colourpop

Photography - http://www.kierawoodphotography.com/