I admitted last week that I’m having all the feelings about my plaid shirt from Madewell. (Seriously, I can’t stop wearing it. It’s getting weird.) But it turns out my obsession extends to pretty much all things plaid. Or tartan, depending on what country you’re in. I’ve discovered that it’s an especially fun print to pair with leather and sequins. The result is an unexpected mix of classic and cool – and it’s a trio that’s definitely made for a day-to-night transition.
Anyone who’s seen my closet (or my music collection) knows that I’m not afraid of being super girly – and just like my BFF Taylor Swift, I love a feminine dress with a ladylike court. But for days when I want to tone down the sweetness, or nights when I want my feet to not hate me, I think a flirty dress, a practical trainer and a classic leather jacket are the ultimate trio.
It’s just now starting to get chilly in London and, as always, the change in weather has me wishing for a whole new wardrobe. And while I may not actually be able to buy a whole new wardrobe, I can certainly look.
I’ve been bouncing between freelance gigs for the past few months and looking for my next permanent position. I’ve had loads of informal coffees and meet-ups and a handful of actual full-blown interviews.
Of course, all of these events required their own meticulously crafted outfit. Now some people (aka my ever-practical husband) may be of the opinion that when you’re unemployed (or under-employed), you shouldn’t be shelling out for new clothes. But I think that’s exactly when you should be buying new things. After all, there’s nothing more valuable than a first impression – and looking the part is half the battle. (Okay, maybe not half, exactly. But it definitely factors in.) Plus, having the right big-day outfit gives you just that confidence boost you need to nail an interview.
Now that I’ve been in London for more than a year, I can safely say I’m falling in love. (Shh… don’t tell New York!) But one thing that I’m still not used to is the summer weather – and the need to purchase a coat specifically for the season. In NYC, the closest I ever came to needing a jacket (let alone an actual coat) was the summer was the wooly cardigan I kept draped over my desk chair to battle the frigid AC blasting in the office.
During my junior year of high school, I had a minor obsession with duster sweaters. I mean, they were the thing to wear. I remember spending an entire paycheck from my lifeguarding job on one particular amazing duster sweater from Free People and then proudly parading around the halls of my high school in it, thinking I was so freakin’ cool. Sure, other students stepped on it when I sat down in class, and the bottom got super dirty. But I loved it.
I love the unexpected combination of wearing a sporty sweatshirt with a prim pencil skirt. Choose a slightly cropped top and this combo feels smart and sexy — or try a slouchy pullover for a more relaxed vibe. There’s your Sunday brunch look sorted.
Like fashion trainers and logo sweatshirts, joggers are one of the many amazingly sporty trends that are making this season a lot more comfy. Whether you dress them up or down, these bedtime-worthy trousers look polished and cool… and it almost feels a little naughty that you’re getting away with wearing them beyond the gym.