The Every Day Outfit

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BCBG Dress (similar)// Elise M Belt// Steve Madden Heels (updated style here and here)// Gil’s Necklace// Express Cuff// Forever 21 Jacket 

Have you ever worn an outfit you liked so much that you wish you could wear it again the next day? Now I know how a man feels when he puts the same exact outfit on for the 34th day in a row. This particular BCBG dress offers a versatility that easily translates from the office to a night out at the hottest new sushi restaurant to a fashion week-themed cocktail party…And that is exactly how I wore it! Here, I’ve accented with silver accessories and a cool-blue hued belt, but you can easily bring out the warmth with layered gold necklaces like these and nude heels for longer-looking legs. Cheers to getting a little extra mileage out of your favorite Summer dresses!

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Fall Whites

BCBG Dress (similar here and here)// Chanel Scarf// Guess Heels// Watch old
Fall in the Bay Area rolls in with the same subtly as our morning fog and leaves us with a near effervescent awakening as temps reach the peak of our very own Indian summer. It’s an anomaly that’s called for an entirely new category of situational ensembles in my closet. An all-time favorite is the classic, ribbed knit long-sleeved dress. With knuckle-length long sleeves and lightweight ribbing, this BCBG dress offers a cool comfort for the Bay Area’s bipolar Fall days. Completed with a silk scarf and a pair of contrasting pumps it makes for an ideal day to night transitional look.

Summer Suit

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H&M Blazer (updated style here)// White House Black Market Top// Anthropologie Pants// Calvin Klein Heels (old)// Forever 21 Necklace (old)
It is a proven fact (a.k.a my opinion) that the right outfit can give you the confidence to take on the day. For example, on Mondays I try to dress a little bit “fancy” because should a case of the Monday’s hit, at least I looked good…And that’s obviously what matters most in life anyways, right? The world can come crashing down around me and I’ll be sitting there brushing off the dust from my shoes. 

Aside from a perfect a-line cut dress, for me a good power suit evokes a sense of being cool, calm, and collected…the exact opposite of its wearer. But gone are the days of nondescript black or navy suits. A new generation and warmer temps call for lightened hues, tuxedo pants, and wrap tops that stand out. We weren’t meant to wear a power suit to just fade into the background anyways. 

Playing with Fire

Go Silk Orange blouse, Leith skirt, black midi skirt, leopard belt, SLYK necklace, BCBG leopard heels
Go Silk Blouse (similar and in leopard)// Leith Skirt// BCBG Heels// Leopard Belt (similar by Lanvin)// SLYK necklace

When getting dressed each morning, I always try to choose an outfit that will be appropriate for the corporate setting, can brave the various microclimates I’ll experience while traveling to meetings across The Bay, and can be dressed up for an after-work event or happy hour with the girls. You can never go wrong with a classic black midi (and yes shorter girls can pull these off!) and a lightweight, layer-friendly silk blouse. For the office, I’ll tone the look down by tucking in the blouse, keeping statement jewelry to a minimum, and wearing a low nude heel. To transition to an evening look, untuck the blouse a bit, throw on a leopard belt and heels, and have some fun with bold jewelry. Orange invites you to get more creative with your outfit and by throwing in the leopard, you’ll feel like you took a mental mini-vacay to Miami despite the bristly temps around you. Plus, one of the things I love about this skirt is that its longer and double-layered making it suitable for the Fall and Winter!

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One of the challenges women often face working in Silicon Valley is how to maintain your personal style while adapting to a male-dominated workforce. You certainly don’t want to feel as if you have to dress blandly to fit it, but you also don’t want your clothes making so much of a statement that nobody hears anything else you say. However, there are many ways in which we as can incorporate fashion into business-appropriate style. In the corporate environment, I will often stick to pant and skirt suits that mix different textures, fabrics, or textures. This Fall, I’m especially loving experimenting with lace and subtle pattern paneling as shown here. The best part about this look is that it’s comfortable enough so that when I’m in the office, I can focus all of my attention on the work at hand and not on fidgeting with my outfit.

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C. Luce Coat// Forever 21 Top// Mossimo Skirt// Christian Louboutin Pumps// Francesca’s Collection Necklace// Forever 21 Cuff// Forever 21 Ring