Work Wardrobe Tips from New York Stylist Yael Steren
I recently had a chance to sit down with beautiful stylist Yael Steren in her New York apartment to discuss her work wardrobe bar-raisers. As a former lawyer and finance professional, Yael understands the particular nature of dressing for the office and how to strike the balance between corporate-appropriate and edgy fashion. Here are her top 5 picks for what to add to your wardrobe. Hope you find them as helpful as I did!
1. Upgrade to an interesting blazer: a blazer with a modern cut like Helmut Lang’s cropped tuxedo jacket* is still work appropriate, but as Yael points out, the detailing such as the cut in the back and extended lapels in the front make it more stylish and adds a completely different element to the look. And you can also transition the piece easily outside the office with jeans or a mini on the weekend. Yael’s goal is to get as much use out of each item as possible, especially for investment pieces.
2. Add a statement necklace: with this simple piece, you can wear the same outfit on Monday and Friday and nobody will notice because it completely transforms the outfit. Jewelry, she says, is something you can easily get from less-expensive options like BauBlebar or Forever 21, especially if the rest of your outfit mixes in high-end pieces. People will just assume it is expensive.
3. Go for pointy nude pumps: Yael swears by these and even went as far to say you should have these in your wardrobe before black pumps! She says that if she only owned one pair of shoes, it would be these*. Pointy is best as it helps the eye travel down to the farthest point, thus elongating your legs. Her favorites are by Jimmy Choo, and I think the Ivanka Trump’s Carra Dress Pump (also here) is a great option at a lower price point.
4. Consider investing in a beautiful classic watch: Yael has had the same Cartier watch since graduating from law school and wears it every day. I love my Citizen watch, a gift from my husband years ago that I also wear every day.
5. Find a pair of perfectly fitting trousers: Pants are an item you will wear every day, so invest in a good quality brand. She especially likes the Theory’s Womens Max C Dress Pants for office wear. (I also like styles like these by NYDJ – with a slim leg you can easily switch between flats and heels.) Yael says to be sure to look for pants with horizontal pocket slits – if they are on the side, take the time to have a tailor remove them and sew them shut. This will reduce bulk in the hip area.
Photos by Jenny Liu.