What to Wear This Week: Ruthie Friedlander
Outfit inspiration courtesy of ELLE.com’s deputy editor
What do you ask yourself when getting dressed in the morning? Whether or not you’re inclined to admit the impetus of why you say what you do with the clothes that you wear, they make a statement. You make a choice about how you will present yourself, to wear a thing that will pick up slack where words might fail you, or conversely, surprise the onlookers who become your audience. It’s an intellectual choice whether or not you’re willing to see it and everyone participates in its power.
What are you thinking when you get dressed in the morning? Do you ask yourself any questions?
When I get dressed in the morning, I pretty much think: What won’t I hate by noon and what won’t I really hate by eight. Of course, what I’m wearing totally depends on what I’m doing that day. If I have meetings, I’ll probably wear something a little nicer and a heel. Perhaps it’s because I had a dress code in high school, but I’m a firm believer that you should always dress up a little. It makes me sit up taller and work a little harder. No leggings outside your house!
Do you start from the shoes and work your way up, or clothes and then down — do the pieces you choose to wear aim to say anything specific?
It’s always jewelry first! Especially since I’ve started investing in real pieces (like my Of Rare Origin earrings). Those birdcage earrings are very specific creatures that can’t just be worn with anything.
Foolproof styling trick?
Layer, layer, layer. Layer over, under and all around.
The one garment that never lets you down?
A great blazer. For the past year it’s been my Ellery blazer with gold buttons.
The one that always lets you down?
Anything in my sister’s closet. I want all of it but it never fits right.
Your best shopping tip?
Don’t shop hungry.
When did you start working at ELLE.com and what made you leave PR for the digital/editorial side of things?
I started working at ELLE.com just over two years ago. I made the shift from PR at The Row for two reasons: 1) my boss, Leah Chernikoff, and 2) ELLE as a brand itself.
Leah is such an inspiring person to work for, always pushing us to think bigger about our ideas and what the site can be. And ELLE — what a behemoth of a brand! Our Editor in Chief, Robbie Myers, encourages us to talk not only about fashion and beauty, but about politics, women’s health, culture, books, music…I think that we cover everything, and everything equally. And that feels exciting and challenging every single day.
What’s your favorite item right now (i.e. loafer, puffer coat, capris, etc.)?
My boyfriend’s Gucci silk bomber that he doesn’t let me borrow.
What does the perfect outfit look like to you?
People these days don’t pay attention to fit nearly enough. It’s not necessarily about fashion math (blazer + bright color dress + perfect heel) as much as it is about things fitting beautifully. The perfect outfit looks like it was made for your body.