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 â€” 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 â€œshrunken,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 â€œCosmo, anyone?â€? your work bag should say, â€œI’m organized, intelligent, and still cute as button!â€? Try a slim tote such as the Allegra, available at www.vivre.com, 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!
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