In today’s edition of What to Wear This Week, Molly Howard, CEO of La Ligne, breaks down the mechanics of what she wears and why.
What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
I’m usually running aggressively late in the mornings, which often lends itself to repeating some aspect of the outfit I wore the day before (otherwise known as grabbing it off the floor). Mostly I am concerned with being comfortable. I tend to live in jeans, so I start there and figure out the rest as fast as I can.
Do you start from the shoes and then work your way up, or clothes and then down?
Shoes come last. And they’re usually sneakers (I have the Kitsune ones in three colors, which pretty much covers every outfit).
How does living in NYC influence your style? What about where you’re from or where you grew up?
I grew up in New York and I think it has had a pretty big impact on my style. Don’t get me wrong, I was as susceptible to a C&C tank top or an American Apparel bodycon dress as your next girl, but there is exposure to fashion on a daily basis that I think is pretty unique here, so how can that not influence you? I definitely dress in a more laid-back city way, but (I think!) with a thoughtful approach.
Help! One transition-weather dressing tip:
I never check the weather before I leave the house (because of that always-running-late thing), so I’m usually not dressed appropriately. But I naturally dress in layers because I love patterns or colors peeking out, so that serves me well.
What do you like your outfits to say about you?
That I’m not trying too hard? That maybe I’m a good dancer?
What’s your foolproof styling trick?
Stripes on stripes on stripes!
The one garment that never lets you down?
A black vintage T-shirt with holes all over it. I wear it for everything, no matter the occasion.
What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?
All the La Ligne Lean Lines Tees. That’s why there are so many!
At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
Definitely not in college. That period was a style disaster. Interestingly enough, when I worked in investment banking I really tried to show my personal style in reaction to having to wear “business casual” every day. I almost made it into a project to translate the dress code into something I actually liked wearing. It initially took a weird, saucy-secretary turn, but I think I eventually nailed it.
My next job was at Rag & Bone, which obviously had a huge influence on the way I dress now. I learned there that dressing down didn’t mean you didn’t care or couldn’t look your best.
How do accessories change an outfit?
They’re are a simple way to add an extra glimpse of personality to a look. For example, what do my Biggie socks say about me?
How does working in fashion influence your daily style?
I’m influenced by my two partners, Meredith Melling and Valerie Macaulay, because they always look SO FUCKING CHIC.
What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
MAN REPELLER, Instagram (there, I said it), Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat
What about three favorite places in the city (or the world) to get inspired?
The best place to be inspired is one you’ve never been to before. Put in headphones and walk. Also Paris 4EVER.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
That the campaign to impeach Trump has more than 650,000 signatures.
Best song to get dressed to?
Follow Molly on Instagram @mollyihoward. Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.