Would it be ridiculous to say that one of the best learning experiences I had as an intern through the course of my tenures at four separate places pre-Man Repeller was picking up on the nuances of that which makes an outfit day-to-night appropriate? It’s actually not day so much as it is office, which assumes a level of sophistication completely devoid of the former. And that’s not easy to make up.
The look is supposed to be equal parts function and charm — and if you work in fashion, “cool” is an important one too. So this is a look that at once makes you seem charismatic, cooler than the other side of your pillow and ready, willing and able to roll your sleeves up should you need to. I know what you’re thinking, that seems like it takes a unicorn to achieve!
Personally, I worked from home for three years before moving into an office and though I have often waxed poetic on the importance of getting dressed even if you anticipate staying home all day, every day, (it helps you stay motivated! Feel more important! Not fall asleep at the hand of your computer!), when push comes to shove, forcing yourself to get dressed, especially in the wake of frigid temperatures really is a feat — if for no reason other than the fact that you’re at home, so JEEZ, MAN why in the good name of podiatrists everywhere would you put shoes on?
Frankly, I was starting to feel slightly envious of women who’d gotten office style down pat. You walk into the Hearst or Condé Nast buildings in New York and you immediately understand that those women know what they’re doing. Their outfits are that perfect aforementioned combo platter. The longer I stayed in solitary confinement, the more certain I was that I’d forgotten how to sartorially multi-task.
If I’m being really dramatic, it doesn’t seem outrageous to suggest that there should definitely be a MacArthur Fellowship prize awarded to she who can throw on one succinct outfit and have it function for both a full work day and a robust evening. I’d hope that moving into an office has been a great opportunity to me to flex those dormant muscles and get my game face on.
You be the judge, though.
Blue and white sweater by The Row, red and white sweater by Vince (you see that, right?), jeans by Rebecca Minkoff, choker by Delfina Delettrez, and the shoes are Thakoon from four score, seven years ago.
Actually, don’t. Just tell me how you dress for work. Is it a home job or an office job? Have you mastered the art of office-to-night? Can you send me a selfie?
Do you want to see my office?
Office by Homepolish. Workstead Brooklyn chandelier, Dwell Studio chairs & wall sculpture, Wayfair end table & sheepskin throw, The Sill planters, Poppin desk supplies, Uprise Art wall piece and whiteboard wall by Inside Squad.