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/

Casual Friday

And another Friday comes to an end. But honestly, Fridays mean little when you have to work all weekend. 

Despite working in an investment bank, my dress code is not as corporate as one would think. Fridays are still casual, and so that means a little more room for creativity at the end of the month. This is the look that I sported today - a pinstripe flared pant and an oversized bell sleeve collared shirt. For shoes I went with these small block heel "suede" yellowish heels. These heels are becoming a staple this summer. I love how feminine they make my usually very boxy cut clothing look. Maybe this isn't you're standard "jeans on casual Friday" look, but the pants have a slight denim feel to them so I'm going to count them in. 

Summer hit hard today. I think it was a solid 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And while this may look like a lot of layers, they definitely help in the curse of offices during the summers... aka blasting the air conditioner because it's hot outside. Such circumstances mean getting as creative as you can get with layers, materials, and cuts. If you're working 12-14 hours straight in cold air, taking the subway in the heat, and also need to somehow look professional and put together (no open toed shoes), basically anything in your closet is up for grabs. I also keep a mini stack of sweaters and undershirts near my desk because I am cold blooded and cannot adjust my body heat to my surroundings. 

All photos are taken by Kiera Wood. We met up after work this evening to shoot this look around the UN area on Beekman Place - a small street which is home to some beautiful townhouses that are actually embassies from around the world. Perhaps not the most exciting tourist attraction, but a fun place to play "guess who" and a reminder that NY has a never ending supply of hidden treasures that make even the longest work weeks worth it because you know you're here. 

Top and Bottom - Pomelo Clothing

Shoes - Zara

Lip - Huda Beauty