From Left, Earrings: Glass Pearl Studs ($25) Bag: Brahmin Convertible Bag ($235) Ring: Robert Lee Morris Circle Ring ($55) Tights: Commando Tights ($34) Boots: Sam Edelman Empire Boot ($270) Blazer: Super 120s Blazer ($230) Skirt: Super 120s Skirt ($230)
From Right, Earrings: House of Harlow Sunburst Studs ($55) Bag: OMG Bag from Lo & Sons ($275) Boots: Nine West Subscribe Boots ($159) Scarf: N Peal Cashmere Scarf ($79) Pants: Vince Ponte Leggings ($225) Sweater: Uniqlo Tunic Sweater ($32)
For the Office. Choosing a blouse to wear with your suit jacket should be simple, but that doesn’t mean we always get it right. In my opinion, turtlenecks, high-fitting crewnecks and basic button up blouses are not the best suit jacket pairings. Tie neck blouses like this one, v-neck sweaters and scoopneck tops have a more flattering neckline when worn with one and two button blazers.
A black suit with a black and white print blouse is one of the easiest pairings you will find. I have a black and white polka dot blouse (similar to this one) that I often wear with my suit. It’s just an easy outfit for harried, early mornings.
Black tights and black boots/black pumps are to winter what bare legs are to summer. If you work in an especially cold office, the boots will keep your calves warm and a pair of fleece-lined tights will also help. If $34 is more than you are willing to spend on tights, the Hue brand is a good alternative.
I like this simple satchel in a deep eggplant to lend a little color to the outfit (similar bag here for $67). I also added a pair of simple pearl studs and a cocktail ring.
For the Airplane. Last week, I received an oddly confrontational email from a new reader who was deeply upset that I thought I “had the right” to tell people what to wear on an airplane. After all, as she put it, “If my pjs are hurting your eyes, just look the other way.”
First off, pajamas are for sleeping, at home, in your bed and nowhere else. The only people who should be allowed to wear pajamas on an airplane are children under the age of seven. Secondly, pajamas in public are lazy, the fashion equivalent of wearing a neon sign that says, “I do not care.” And all of this fuss is unnecessary since you can avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed and be comfortable. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Heavier than the standard legging, these ponte pants from Vince are comfortable, warm and sturdy. (A cheaper pair can be found at Wet Seal.) If you prefer to avoid the waist band and wear leggings, my favorite are the heavy weight leggings from Splendid.
Here, I paired the leggings with a v-neck blouse and a v-neck tunic sweater. The blouse adds a bit of chic and dresses up the look, while the long sweater covers the rear view. (You could also wear a sweater dress.) I would have recommended a long cardigan, but TSA will make you take that off, and then you’ll be cold and exposed in the security line.
Tall boots like these and a good pair of socks provide salvation for cold feet. And I added a scarf in case you get cold on the plane. (Seriously, who doesn’t get cold on the plane?)
You can be warm, comfortable and stylish with minimal effort. Especially if you take a minute to style your hair–dry shampoo and a simple sock bun are great for early flights–and put on a little makeup. On the plane, I like tinted moisturizer and touch of cream blush with lots of chapstick.