Sex in the City Redux

June 11, 2006 • Magazine

Sex in the City Redux

Sex in the City Redux

Sun, 2006-06-11 18:00

Sex in the City Redux

Dear Ms. Bean,

Please help with my summer work wardrobe. My pin stripe pants, Pucci-print top and blazer is so early Sex In The City — all I need is a Fendi Baguette to top off my dated look. I need an update!

Very Truly Yours,
Death In the City


You are not a fashion tragedy! If the words Pucci, Fendi, and baguette are in your vocabulary, your style sense can’t be too terrible. But you are in a rut. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! Without knowing if you’re a Miranda, Carrie, Charlotte, or Samantha, here are some ideas.

It’s business attire, so let’s have a jacket. A cropped one is a fresh and polished choice, but you don’t want the mail boy asking if you’ve had a laundry mishap. This one by Arden B (Oak Street) appears more tailored than “shrunken,â€? and the ruffle adds a feminine detail. You can pair it with billowy wide-leg pants for balance. If wee clothes are too trendy, check out this look from Burberry (Michigan Avenue). The masculinity of the suit next to the white eyelet is modern yet accessible.

On the bottom, a pencil skirt is always a chic choice. Ms. Bean likes this one by Twinkle. It is available at Lili Boutique (Wells Street). If you’re more of a trousers lass, How & Wen Ken’s grey pants with subtle silver threading are fantastic. Try them on at Public i (Division).

Lastly, let’s discuss your satchel. A baguette is divine, but instead of “Cosmo, anyone?â€? your work bag should say, “I’m organized, intelligent, and still cute as button!â€? Try a slim tote such as the Allegra, available at, which comes in leather or in zebra print hair calf for fall.

Devote an afternoon to shopping, try on lots of clothes, get feedback on your choices, and then go get ’em, Working Girl!

Arden B Stitched Jacket with Peplum

Burberry Jacket with Eyelet Top and Long Shorts

Pencil skirt by Twinkle from Lili Boutique

How and Wen Ken Silver pant available at Public i

Allegra Bag from

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