Office Apropos: Putting Larry David’s Half-Dressed Theory to the Test

Welcome to Office Apropos Winter 2020! It’s the first Office Apropos of the decade and the second in our new publishing format, in which we share the outfits we wore to work one day at a time. Below are six outfits we wore to work last Friday.

And don’t forget: You can also see what we wore last TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday.


To file under outfit ideas I would have assumed you should not expect from me, ever: any version of a midlength skirt, particularly as paired with knee high, flat boots. (Reason being: my yeshiva primary school education and the mandatory below-the-knee skirts burned in my memory as antithetical to good style.) And yet! Here I am. Remember what I said yesterday about unlikely clothes helping you discover new dimensions of yourself? Yeah, that. I think it works because of the cardigan. You can practically see my nipples! Risque.


I don’t have a clue what I was thinking when I got dressed this morning but maybe that’s because I wasn’t… thinking. I just decided I wanted to wear these trousers that I got at The Row sample sale and then I let things waterfall from there. I don’t love how the outfit looks in this photo but I did feel good while I was wearing it. I hate when that happens. Sometimes there is no avoiding it, cameras are much better than mirrors at detecting outfit expiration, c’est la vie etcetera. But anyways I’m rambling now the thing I actually wanted to talk about here are these white sneakers which might just look like nice regular white sneakers but are in fact 100% recyclable, which is really cool and almost makes up for the outfit’s inability to withstand the challenge of being captured for this here story.


Quite literally the most end-of-the-week outfit, I also believe we call it being “half dressed.” One nice thing (the coat, obviously) plus a bunch of extremely comfortable low key things. I’ve recently discovered that investing in good trousers and having them hemmed is totally worth it which is exactly what I did with this new pair. I threw this together in quite literally five mins to make a 9 a.m. meeting but still managed to look somewhat put together, the power of an all black outfit is not to be underestimated!


Vintage leather jacket - similar here, Ganni tights, Mango boots, Zara turtleneck, Staud bagVintage leather jacket - similar here, Ganni tights, Mango boots, Zara turtleneck, Staud bag

I’ve had the bottom half of this outfit planned in my head ever since I saw Eliz wearing printed tights the other day. The top is my interpretation of a photo in my outfit inspiration board (fittingly named “Cool Clothez”) on Instagram. Yes, I’m that person who hyper-organizes my IG saved images. I think I have, like, 24 different folders. I think I’m also ashamed to admit that. MOVING ON. This is an old jacket, but new to me, as of a trip home for Christmas. My favorite vintage shopping happens to be also in my hometown and this jacket is just one of the reasons why. I feel ready for anything in it. Like, seriously, anything. Try me, I dare you.


Have you ever played that game where you choose what you’d wear if you were a cartoon character and had to be “drawn” the same way every single day? THIS is my cartoon outfit. The pants are like a slinky, comfy vacation from the restriction of my usual denim selection and the turtleneck (my second skin) has been worn and loved for so many years the elastic is popping through the fabric. Together, they are just *Chef’s—and I can’t stress this enough—KISS.


I have to credit both Harling and Haley for the creation of this outfit. The navy sweater layered over a white turtleneck is inspired very much by Harling, who I saw wearing a navy cardigan layered over a white turtleneck. The bottom half of this outfit is inspired by this story Haley wrote about her ideal fall outfit formula (cropped pants and a nice neutral sock), which I’ve carried into winter.

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