It took me years to realize that polished and professional does not necessarily have to mean "clean lines" or "buttoned-up," and this cascading off-the-shoulder top is a perfect example of that. The exaggerated silhouette of the sleeves could come off as clownish or messy, but the preppy fabric and strategic placement of the folds balance the controlled chaos of the fabric–resulting in an elegant architectural look. The trick then, is keeping the rest of the outfit streamlined, which I did with crisp trousers, black pumps, and a structured handbag. It was the perfect thing for a meeting followed by a team lunch.
One afternoon during my trip to Paris with G, we spent hours at an outdoor bistro along the Seine (which is as ideal as it sounds). As we sipped kirs and watched Parisians commuting home from work, I began to notice a trend among the women: Many wore understated vintage jeans, ...read more