Jeans: AG The Ballad ($172)
From Left, Earrings: Giles and Brother Hoops ($90) Bag: Brahmin Phoebe Bag ($295) Shoes: Halogen Karlie Flats ($110) Necklace: House of Harlow Abalone Necklace ($80) Top: Derek Lam Pintuck Blouse ($425)
From Right, Earrings: Wendy Mink Amethyst Studs ($62) Bracelet: Alexa’s Purple Bangle ($19) Bag: Kooba Barkley Bag ($360) Shoes: TOMS Ballet Flats ($74) Coat: Club Monaco Emma Trench ($298) Scarf: Love Quotes Scarf ($83) Top: Boden Hamptons Tee ($38)
For Late Summer. Making full-length denim work for summer can be difficult, but when you’re spending your days in an air-conditioned campaign office with a bunch of men who like the temperature somewhere between brisk and hypothermia, jeans are your savior.
To make these jeans work for the August/September time period, I paired them with a structure peasant blouse (less expensive option, here) to give it a breezy, summertime feel. I then added this long pendant from House of Harlow to continue the subtle 70s-throwback feel. I own this pendant, and I love it. It lifts simple blouses and dresses with its brilliant color palette and statement size.
As for the rest of the accessories, I added a cool hoop earring, a cobalt blue bag to coordinate with the necklace (similar color crossbody for under-$100) and a cool pair of ankle strap flats. I wanted to keep my toes covered for this look, but if I could have found a brown Huarache sandal with closed-toe, I would have chosen that instead.
For the hair, I recommend wearing it down in waves or up in a twisted, imperfect updo. For the makeup, I like to keep it simple on the trail with a bit of eyeliner, some pink gloss and a pink blush to perk up your cheeks. And don’t forget the under-eye concealer.
For the Autumn. Dressing in layers is critical when campaigning in the fall season. You may be knocking on doors outside or phone banking in a conference room or attending a campaign event, and you may do all of this in the same day.
This look layers a mid-weight tee with long sleeves under a light scarf and a medium-weight trench coat. I love the scoop neck on the t-shirt, so flattering, and the ivory-metallic scarf is a versatile color choice. As for the trench, I tried this one on a few days ago and was very impressed by how tailored and expensive it looked. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought it cost two or three times its cost. (Need a cheaper trench? Try this sub-$200 London Fog trench.)
As for the shoes, campaign shoes need to be comfortable. Really comfortable. So these ballet flat TOMS are a neutral, utilitarian choice for women who will be on their feet all day. Sometimes you need to find a choice that, while not faux pas, caters to your activity more than your sense of style.
The accessories I chose are a mix of purples. These unobtrusive pieces add a bit of color to the otherwise monotone outfit. I like how the mauve Kooba bag pairs with the amethyst studs and the mixed-media bangle set.
For the hair, I would wear it up. When I’m traveling for work or on the trail, I’d rather sleep than wash my hair in the morning, so dry shampoo and a curly updo are my saviors. Again, simple makeup with a berry-stained lip for a bit of color.