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What to Wear to the Office


Burberry trench, J Crew shell and pants, Tod’s flats, Furla bag and Celine “Audrey” sunglasses.

Figuring out what to wear to work each day can be a real challenge. I’ve recently A. started a new job and B. started working in an office again after 3 years of being remote. Below are a few of the strategies I’m using to figure out what to wear each day in the office environment. What are your

1. Look at your peers – my first day work I wore a dress and heels with a suit-jacket. Totally appropriate office attire – plus it’s appropriate to bring your a-game the first day. However, I quickly noticed my peers were wearing more functional alternatives. They looked great, yet generally there were more flats and pants worn than dresses and heels. I work on a big campus and we are constantly meeting with partners in other offices, so outfits must work with an active lifestyle. I’ve since adopted a regular uniform along the lines of what I’m wearing here: an easy top, pants and flats.

2. Look to the women above you – a superstar friend of mine, profiled here, opened my mind describing how she navigated the tricky world of workplace dressing in the New York finance. She noted that one easy way to tell if you are dressing appropriately is to look at the women above you. Try not to be flashier than they are – if they have a nice purse, have a nice purse too, but not one more expensive than theirs, etc. You want to dress to impress, but not to outshine or detract from the environment.

3. Remember to bring it – all that said, you want to look sharp and professional, no matter the environment. Wear nice shoes, invest in a good jacket or two, have your nails done…dressing up for the office makes me feel focused; ready to tackle the week and represent the amazing institution I work for.


What is your approach for workplace dressing? How do you assess what to wear in a new environment?

Morning Routine

Cruising around the beautiful Stanford campus.

I love mornings. For me it is a magical time when everything feels fresh. Alot about my mornings has shifted since getting back into an office job after being remote for three years. Below is a look at how I’m starting my workdays. 5:25 am alarm goes off and I hit snooze to snuggle with … Continue Reading →

New Chapter: Stanford University


This has been the year where everything changes – then changes again. My absence from blogging has been for numerous reasons: 1. I moved to San Francisco (talked about here) 2. I ended my marriage after 13 ½ years (talked about here) 3. I interviewed for and got a job in Major Gifts with Stanford … Continue Reading →

My Power Pose Lately


Things change. Interests come and go. For years I was consumed by my career and loved it. I poured over magazines and online sites searching for the right thing to wear for such-and-such occasion. I still love my career but I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in my ability to choose properly … Continue Reading →

House Warming Brunch


I’ve mentioned before that I moved to San Francisco in January. It’s been an incredible change of lifestyle and I’ve had a great time walking around my neighborhood, trying new restaurants and living closer to dear friends. Bit by bit my apartment has been becoming more “me” and feeling like home. And what has really helped me … Continue Reading →

The Multitasking Wardrobe: a Little Lace

Photography by David Kim.

I’ve talked before about how much I like to wear items that can double-time from work to weekend. One of the things I’ve enjoyed recently has been renewing my lingerie wardrobe, with Agent Provocateur being at the top of my list. Given that their pieces are unusual in design, they require special consideration to wear. While the … Continue Reading →

A Place Like Home


At age 14 I visited Italy with my mother. It was a magical trip filled with delicious food, interesting/beautiful sights and sweet moments for us together. I was hooked. Five years later at 19 I chose to study abroad in the Northern Italian town of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and birthplace of Ferrari – … Continue Reading →

A Day in Florence, Italy


I’m fresh back from a dreamy vacation in Italy. I spent much of the time in Modena (more here) and in Tropea (more here), but for my last day I took a solo trip to Florence. Just 1 hour by train from Modena, I was able to leave after breakfast and return in time for the evening … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: the LBD


Dresses are a fantastic solution for a multitude of work situations. I recently had trustee meetings in Southern California and was delighted to find this number by DVF. It’s got the structure I generally look for in workwear thanks to a thick fabric and strategic seams, but the ruffles at the bottom of the skirt add … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: Feeling Spring


My love for all black looks has been well documented on the blog. Black just works for work – I always feel sharp and appropriate, be it in a black blazer or black blouse and trousers…but with how incredibly beautiful the weather has been in San Francisco of late, I’m making a concerted effort to … Continue Reading →

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    This blog is designed for women who are serious about their professional lives and spend time thinking about how to present the best version of themselves. Here, I seek to balance between fun self-expression fashion and unattainable high-fashion. This is about everyday fashion that makes you feel good!

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