Office Apropos: 5 Outfits for When It’s Only 66 Degrees but Humid as Hell

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What did you wear the last time you got your teeth cleaned? (Can you even remember?) What about the last time you had an ear ache? (Were you, like me, five years old?!) Below, Leandra and Haley answer these questions—and everyone else shares equally thrilling anecdotes about their wardrobe decisions on this 64-degree day.

P.S. In case you missed it: We’re publishing our fall 2019 edition of Office Apropos one day at a time. Here’s Monday, here’s Tuesday, here’s Wednesday, and here’s Thursday!


On tap for me this Friday: a teeth cleaning in midtown, a breakfast meeting in Soho, a photo shoot at the office, a brainstorm (also at the office), and a  forecast that predicted mist and lukewarm weather. I left home in jeans, a black sweater, and white slides but went home in what you’re looking at—sweatpants, or “joggers” as the Mango website calls them, a long sleeve navy blue v-neck (it was under my sweater), gray socks to catch the sweatpants, and these suede wedges, which remind me of myself, like, 10 years ago. I’ve been having a good time revisiting her, she says I don’t wear enough color tho.


Vintage duster -- similar here, vintage sweatshirt, Shop Top Knot pants, Birkenstock x Kith shoes, The Kooples bagVintage duster -- similar here, vintage sweatshirt, Shop Top Knot pants, Birkenstock x Kith shoes, The Kooples bag

My best friend Sharrica and I have a weekly Facetime date, so she’s making a guest appearance on this fine Friday! Also making a guest appearance is my favorite velvet duster that I found in a thrift shop in Massachusetts. It was a whole $12, because the shop keep, Peggy, was closing her store and was basically giving away everything. It’s my new prized possession. You can put this thang on with a potato sack and feel chic, hence the rest of this outfit being decidedly sloppy. Also, my fave padded pants are back in rotation now that Summer has decided to peace out!


I wasn’t feeling well on this day (I was diagnosed with double ear infections the night before), but I decided to go into the office anyway since I had therapy in the city in the afternoon. This outfit came together like one of those toys where the top and pants and shoes keep changing until the right combination hits. I started out wearing a white t-shirt and dark green leather pants, but wasn’t feeling the contrast, so switched to a darker t-shirt—this one is my boyfriend’s, who is from Detroit—at which point the pants felt off, so I switched to a navy pair. I liked how the cream coat offset the navy and how the white sneakers clashed with the cream, so those were easier. Still, why did such a simple outfit take so much effort? I blame my ears.


It happens to be that I very rarely find myself in jeans. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t exactly feel like myself in them. (I’m more of a shorts person all year round, can you tell from this week?) That being said, these Moussy jeans (this style is on sale on Shopbop for $105)–which you’ve seen versions of on Man Repeller many times–are comfy, kind of like a pair of track pants. I don’t really have to worry about where they hug my body because I sized up and they fit relaxed and loose (but if you want a tight pair of comfy jeans I actually do love these by Citizens of Humanity). And have you heard of the knitwear brand NAADAM ? That’s who makes my cardi-dress. NAADAM is a brand of sustainably made and reasonably priced knitwear that I can confirm is soft and easy to clean. I have the matching bottoms to this cardi-dress, which I was tempted to wear but had a couple of market appointments and didn’t fully want to appear in loungewear. HOWEVER, because it was Friday, when meetings were done, I promise you I brought those pants in this oversized tote and changed into them for a relaxed Friday work afternoon.


Big toucan fan, what can I say?

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