From Left, Earrings: Givenchy Aqua Glass Studs ($26) Watch: Michael Kors Chronograph ($250) Bag: Ivanka Trump Ava Satchel ($150) Shoes: Anne Klein Zya Pumps ($99) Blouse: Iris & Ink Bow Blouse ($125) Trousers: J.CREW Hutton Trouser ($148)
From Right, Tights: Navy Fleece Lined Tights ($6) Wallet: Cell Phone Wallet ($95) Boots: Crown Vintage Riding Boot ($140) Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviator ($194) Earrings: Estelle Studs ($122) Necklace: Reiss Plaque Necklace ($75) T-Shirt: J.CREW T-Shirt ($78) Vest: Excursion Quilted Vet ($110) Skirt: Citizens Denim Skirt ($155)
For Fundraisers. The vast majority of events on the campaign trail are casual–t-shirt and jeans casual. Sometimes a staffer will be asked to attend a nice event (fundraiser, cocktail hour, VIP reception, dinner, etc.) happening prior to a rally, debate or speech. For these occasions you need a nice outfit that can be worn without the t-shirt, but that doesn’t look weird when you put the t-shirt on over it. (I once tried to wear a t-shirt over a Black Halo cowl neck dress, it didn’t work.)
Here, I created a classic outfit with an easy trouser, a feminine blouse and a statement bag. On second look, I would probably add a belt (like this leopard print one) and tuck in the blouse. It’s simple, elegant and could be worn to any work event short of a cocktail hour.
I love red and gray together and this Ava satchel is a great statement piece. (This Lulu satchel is a good alternative at $42.) For the jewelry, a big, bracelet watch and a set of pearl earrings keep it stylish and simple. Also, I love the way an ivory or white blouse looks with pearl earrings.
For the hair, I would wear it up, but uncomplicated. You don’t want to go to put the t-shirt on over your outfit and screw up your hair. For the makeup, a sheer pink nail, a hint of red on the lips and some black eyeliner should do it.
For Doorbelling. Knocking on doors, dropping lit, attending outdoor events and sitting in the basement of campaign headquarters making cold calls is how you will spend most of your time on the trail. This outfit is appropriate for all of those occasions.
A denim skirt is great addition to a casual or casual work wardrobe. I recommend that you buy one without the zipper and flap in the front. Why? Well, no matter how skinny you are these closures will stick out and make you look paunchy. Not cool. This skirt from Yoox has a flat front as does this skirt from NYDJ as does this skirt from Ann Taylor.
I am so glad that J.Crew made an outerwear vest that doesn’t make a woman look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. This quilted one is great for brisk autumn weather, especially if a wool coat would be too much because you’ll be outside walking around. If you need a cheaper option, Old Navy has somethin similar for $20.
In addition to the vest, I chose a fleece-lined tight for a little extra warmth. I’d also throw on a wool sock if it’s cold where you are. And the knee high boots will help keep your calves warm.
The necklace from Reiss is so great, with a red thread woven into the chain. (I also like this Gorjana Pendant.) The pyramid earrings are equally chic with a chiseled, imperfect texture. Lastly, I chose a cell phone wallet from Brahmin too keep the bulk to a minimum. I’d also pack a chapstick and some hand sanitizer in your pockets.
For the hair, choose a style that will keep your hair out of your face in case the wind is blowing. For the makeup, keep it light, some tinted moisturizer, a pink blush, a shadow with a hint of shimmer. I don’t recommend looking to “done” when you’re campaigning.