New York City has a reputation for a work hard, play hard mentality. And with good reason. Our New York Bitches are all full-time working gals with Bitches Who Brunch as a major #sidehustle. It does admittedly take a lot of time management skills and prioritization to juggle careers, social obligations, partnerships and events, fitness, and family time, but when there’s a will there’s a way.
This is our third series in partnership with MM.LaFleur, an awesome woman-lead business designed to make professional women feel beautiful without working too hard at it. That’s something we can stand behind! Gone are the days of the ill-fitting pantsuits as we’re lucky enough to work in environments where we can express our personal style, tastefully of course.
I work in a really creative environment as a digital strategist at a global communications firm. We’re encouraged to let our personalities (and tattoos!) shine so I feel pretty lucky that I generally don’t need a separate work wardrobe.
If I do have a client meeting or new business pitch, I err on the more conservative side, while still adding a pop of color with my accessories. I love the versatility of this MM.LaFleur number—the Tory 2.0 dress—it’s a great mid-length little black dress that has a bit of an edge with the unique wrap details.
Now that athleisure is officially in vogue, I typically wear funky sneakers or flats to the office. I’ll save the heels for the weekend unless I have a big meeting in need of some serious power shoes. I picked up these awesome low cowboy boots on a business trip to Austin for SXSW Interactive last year and I love their bold Texas pride. Cowboy boots are coming back in a big way this spring so I’m definitely adding this pair on heavy rotation.
Also, nothing makes you feel more confident than a good hair day, whether during a big presentation or out at Happy Hour. Emily and I tried out the services at RPZL, an adorable salon specializing in blow outs and express hair extensions right in Flatiron, perfect for the girl on the go.
Gone are the days of frumpy work clothes. I still have a very distinct memory of my mom dragging me to a shop filled with two-piece suits and off-color blouses, and a hellish dressing room experience where I tried to squeeze into pants that gave me a pancake butt. My first summer interning in high school was an unfortunate three months of fashion faux pas, filled with matching striped headbands with button-ups and kitten heels.
Since I moved to the city, I’ve embraced the polished work clothes which define my morning commute and the majority of my first impressions. We spend more time in our lives dressed for work than any other occasion, and I decided to embrace this opportunity to “dress for success” and invest in a little more in my corporate wardrobe.
Thanks to my building fluctuating between an ice box and a sauna, I’m a big fan of work layers. I love this blazer from mm.LaFleur because you can wear it a few different ways, which means you can get several back-to-back outfits out of this without anyone noticing. Blazers in shoulder seasons are your new best friend. I highly recommend investing in a longer one, a cropped one, and a go-to fitted version. It dresses up any slightly-too-casual summer dress. Warm weather work seasons mean trading in sweaters and slouchy pants for more dresses, and who doesn’t love that!
I also feel strongly that for work attire, comfort is key. You’re in these clothes for hours, friends! I can’t help but eye roll at the people in my office teetering around on five-inch heels. I’ve learned to embrace a cute commute shoe, wedges at the office (love my Tory Burches, which take me from day to night!), and anything soft and silky.
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