It's not surprising that my favorite advice to my family, friends, followers (and yes, sometimes to strangers) is fashion. As a fashion editor, my job is to know the key trends, micro-trends, established brands and emerging designers as well as the latest, most sought-after and best-selling articles on the best fashion sites on the Internet. And there's nothing like the thrill of sharing this knowledge of fashion with those who want it – from helping my colleagues find the most chic summer outfits for work to helping my friends navigate maternity wear and mentoring my own Sister Pack for a holiday in Marrakech.
There is no doubt that I am being asked a lot of not only from our Who What Wear readers, but also from my loved ones and loved ones. Today, I answer some of the burning fashion questions that have recently raised my four best friends. Scroll down as they may solve only a few problems Your Fashion puzzles too.
Q: I am currently planning my wedding and would like to wear something unexpected at my desk – maybe even in gold or an unconventional color! If you have ideas for a showstopper dress (I'm also open to vintage), please help!
ON: You already know that I'm upset with excitement for your upcoming wedding. And your lively personality deserves a stunning dress! The fact that you are open to unconventional styles opens the doors to you a lot of more choices. Much depends on your budget, but fortunately, there are many smart options on the market right now, at any price.
Brands like Self-Portrait, Needle & Thread, Alexis and Johanna Ortiz are some of my favorites for eye-catching dresses that are not "bride" per se, but are perfect for weddings. Retailers like Zara, ASOS and Revolve also have some super-chic options that will not break the bank. Below, I share a variety of styles that I think fit them well – from minis to maxis, from shimmering sequins to romantic lace.
Besides, I know that you live in LA. So if you're looking for vintage, I'll drop by The Way We Wore, Decades, and Platt Boutique to see what they have in store.
Q: My work requires a casual business attire, but I also have to commute every day with my 3-year-old daughter to and from her daycare (by bus!). I've struggled to find workwear that's both professional and chic, yet durable and comfortable enough to carry and hold on to my toddler … often while eating snacks. Any advice on workouts I can wear that are both stylish and resilient would be very helpful!
ON: As the newest member of the parent club, I know the dangers of looking professional and elegant with a (chaotic and ever-moving) child. Fortunately, there are many chic and comfortable options that provide a good modeling solution for working mothers who travel a lot. The focus is on timeless business casual staples such as a durable and comfortable blazer, non-transparent blouses, wrinkle-free pants and comfortable stretch dresses. This is a great introduction to your maternity-friendly work wardrobe. Here are some nifty details that are worth considering in the following.
Q: I am making a one-month trip to Europe and have to cut down how many shoes I pack. What do you recommend to me, so I can feel good during the day, but also opportunities for the beach and a night?
ON: First, You're welcome Put me in your suitcase! Second, reducing shoes is one of the most difficult aspects of packaging. (I always want the right shoes for every outfit!) I've learned that investing in versatile shoes in classic colors is the key to easy travel. I know that a month is a long time, but I recommend packing a maximum of three to four pairs of shoes. For Europe, you want a mix of walkable heels and comfortable apartments for those cobblestone streets. Here are some that I think are great options.
Q: I want professional, but also elegant and playful business attire that I can wear day and night. Suggestions please!
ON: I always love this question because it's my luck, and there are plenty of fancier options at any price that fits the bill. The key is to design your work clothes with dresses, overalls, tops, pants and skirts in neutral colors, versatile prints and professional silhouettes that can be easily embellished with extra heels and accessories. Here are a few of my favorites that will stylishly bring you from the front desk to the drinks and are great for your busy lifestyle.