There’s nothing like a full day of state travel with the boss to test the creativity of your style. When we plan nine-event days, no one is thinking of the number of wardrobe changes necessary to get you from touring a construction zone to lunch with the local Chamber; from an elementary school ribbon cutting to a fancy fundraiser. Not to mention, we’re always running late and the best changing room you’ll get is a Wendy’s bathroom. But hey- Clark Kent made due with a phonebooth.
The key to any professional travel is preparation. You work on events and briefings for weeks- why not give more consideration to your attire than a few minutes in the morning? Putting together a versatile look that will take you from breakfast meetings to cocktail parties without a wardrobe change is possible with the right accessories. Everything can be stowed in the average handbag, and you can even make the switch in the car (while in park).
The basics: I love a dark denim pencil skirt. And anyone who hasn’t discovered Cole Haan’s pumps with Nike Air, will soon worship the man who made heels feel like sneakers.
For the policy meeting: Add this Rachel Roy petal jacket. The masculinity of the jacket, mixed with the feminine blouse really floats my boat. Unexpected, yet totally professional. With the high collar blouse, I’d skip a necklace and keep it simple with these earrings.
Rachel Roy jacket, now $747 (a girl can dream)
Earrings- now sold out, from Etsy shop CatherineMarissa
For volunteering at a soup kitchen: Oh, what’s a day in the life of a politician without a little pandering? Lose the jacket, but add this simple cardigan to keep it professional.
For the evening function: Leave the jacket and cardigan in the car, and throw on a bracelet or cocktail ring to spice it up a little. For a lot of spice, try these zebra peep-toe wedges on for size. Grab a fun clutch for a muy-caliente evening.