What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
Since I moved to London, my first thoughts regarding outfits in the morning are, “At what time will it rain at today?” If I am lucky, it waits until 2 or 3 p.m.
Mainly I dress for meetings or regular days at the office, but I also try and incorporate life after work into what I’m wearing. If I know I have a birthday or drinks or even a movie after, I try to coordinate — not that I wear a popcorn hoodie to the movies; it’s more about flats or heels or dressing up/down. We are lucky enough that in our office, and in the fashion industry in general, I can literally wear anything.
Do you start from the shoes and then work your way up, or clothes and then down?
Clothes and then down! Should I say umbrella and then down?
Actually, I’ve been starting with accessories more recently. I walk a lot and unfortunately, heels can’t support the day, hence the reason I end up with boy-meets-girl types of outfits.
How does living in London influence your style?
Moving to London coincided with a new phase in my life, so I am shopping differently, but I don’t think my style changed. I still wear clothes the same way, and I’m still not keen on the same mixes that I didn’t like back in NYC (certain colors together, for example). And I’m keeping the same things I loved in New York as well. Overall, I’m a bit more feminine than I was in NY, but this must have something to do with the fact that the city pushes you to be more dressed up.
Help! One getting-dressed-in-the-cold-weather tip:
Heattech from Uniqlo has saved my life more than once. But also, when in doubt: high-waist jeans with any sweater and big earrings.
I’m not good at dressing up seasonally. I am always either freezing cold or too warm and wearing jackets to my detriment.
What do you like your outfits to say about you?
Outfits tell stories, and they very much parallel what you feel. I am wearing a cream, angora sweater with big red flowers today, and that probably has to do with the fact that I woke up in a good mood, or woke up wanting to be in a good mood.
I can be in a good mood wearing black as well, but I guess it’s more about how you wear the clothes and not really what you wear. All I want to wear right now are white T-shirts and old Levi’s jeans, but it could look like two different outfits depending on my mood.
One thing I love to see is someone who dresses differently than the attitude they reveal.
What’s your foolproof styling trick?
Hair high up in a bow, eyebrows and cheeks done, a white or black T-shirt and jeans, flared with a little crop to show ankles.
The one garment that never lets you down?
My blue Levi’s jeans, slightly cropped, slightly flared, slightly high-rise.
At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
A few Christmases ago my mother told me, “Aw, you really have your own style now.” And I thought, “What is this supposed to mean?” I asked her a thousand questions. I didn’t realize she probably just meant that I am not running after style anymore? Maybe? Mom?
What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
I love Pinterest. I could browse forever. I’m also a real fan of any nature or travel website. Not that I would wear a seashell tee after looking at Bora Bora on Condé Nast Traveler’s website, but I might think about it.
What about your three favorite places in the city (or the world) to get inspired?
Paris. Since I moved out of Paris, I was able to see how powerful it is.
Second place is probably wherever I am with my sister, who is a full encyclopedia of inspiration herself.
Third place is NYC, anywhere I would go with friends or alone. It’s not necessarily inspiring because of the beauty, but for its fierceness and overall hunger, which I think taught me a lot about work ethic and being a woman in general.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
Last Wednesday, I learned that London had a secret cinema which I am going to go check out! It says that they reproduce movies with actors — I can’t wait. I also learned that disco yoga is not my thing. I went there on Valentine’s Day and realized I was a much calmer yogi than I thought. Last, a little dorky but so cool: I learned a new formula on Excel, relative on pivot table and dollar sign in front of the cell to find their absolute value. That made me so happy!
Photos by Annie Jones.