How to Dress for Your Dream Job

It’s a little known fact that I came to the world of blogging from a very different career path. I actually started out…in politics! Yes, it’s true!! I studied political science in college, actually went on to get a master’s degree in public policy analysis and even worked in both the United States Senate and the White House! I know, crazy right??

And while I did love a lot of things about what I was doing at the time, I ultimately walked away from working in politics for well…political reasons. And while I look back at it nostalgically, there’s one thing about the whole experience that I really miss. The wardrobe! If you live on the West Coast and work in more creative fields like I do now, when it comes to your daily look, just about anything goes. Sure that can be fun too, but there are times when I miss my days of power dressing! So when I was invited to create a look for my “ultimate dream job” as part of the countdown to Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway show {happening this weekend!}, my ideal outfit immediately sprang to mind.

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I decided to recreate the look and feel of the Washington Powerhouse! In this case, I started with my trusty cotton trench coat. This baby has been in my closet for a long time {truly more years than I’d like to even admit to myself!} and I realized it’s high time she got to see more daylight. A beautifully tailored trench is going to elevate anything you wear, but I love the sense of poise, confidence and purpose I have whenever I rock mine.

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As fall is my favorite time of year, I also gladly pulled out another closet must-have: a stellar sweater. This ribbed cotton turtleneck is tailored to have beautiful twists and folds that give it interesting structure and unique detail. A classic wide-legged trouser, a chic black heel and lady-like bag definitely make me feel like I could give any Washington-insider a run for her money!

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Now I’m about as far from the halls of the Capitol as I can get, but putting my old DC-influenced styling skills to the test was a great reminder that I can still pull out my power look whenever I’m in need of a little oomph. You see, style has this amazing ability to communicate who you are {or want to be!} without you having to say a word…and I love what this look is sayin’! Even if your dream job is far from your grasp right now, who says you can’t dress like you already have it. Dressing the part is half the battle after all.

Of course, preparing for {or landing!} your dream job is only one of life’s major moments. There are so many others, ranging from big to small, that can leave a lasting impact. That’s why I love the concept of Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show. It’s dedicated to the various parts of our day to day as well as the major milestones that make up “The Moments of Our Lives.” You can see our Dream Job inspired look along with 23 others streaming LIVE from Cotton’s runway in South Beach starting at 8pm on November 7. Tune in to TheFabricOfOurLives.com or People.com to check it out!

I’m curious. What key moments would you say have stood out in your life??

 

original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick

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How To Transition Your Closet for Fall

It’s that time of year- time to send shorts to the back of the closet and air out fall pieces. We officially got the memo this past week when the rain started and we had to dig out the booties and light jacket from the backseat of our car. While San Francisco may still have a few Indian Summer days ahead of us, it’s time to transition our wardrobe from summer to fall because truthfully, we are SO ready for trench coats and sweaters!

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Purges and building out a classic wardrobe are key to making your transitions between seasons seamless. The great thing about having quality pieces is that the same cotton blend striped tee that you were all summer long with shorts is still your go to casual top – because let’s be honest, it looks ah-mazing on you- it’s just now layered under a lightweight sweater or jacket!

But we all know it isn’t easy to find pieces that really makes us feel good. It’s ok though, because good things take time. Here are some tips we follow when shopping for transitional and timeless pieces:

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7 Wardrobe Rules to Follow: 

1.) Quality over Quantity. We can’t stress enough how much you’ll benefit from a scaled down closet. Be honest, you only wear a handful of favorites right now, anyway! Donate the other 2/3rds of your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the last six months and start off with a fresh fall start. Seriously, you’ll thank us.

2.) Fit Matters. Actually, that should read, fit is everything. No matter how amazing a piece is, if it doesn’t fit, it will never make you feel good. That said, also remember to keep your tailor in mind. The extra $20 bucks could make a piece look like it was made JUST for you.

3.) The Devil is in the Details. Cool hem lines or intricate stitching can quickly take a basic from boring to bold. You don’t have to dress like Liberace to make a statement- it’s the elevated details that really make a piece.

4.) One Word: Wait. You don’t have to buy something just because you dragged your husband out to the mall and “wasted” 5 hours of your life sifting through racks of clothes. Sometimes it can take weeks, months, seasons even, to find that perfect piece! Be picky and patient!

5.) Try Two Trends. This will force you to really think about your overall style aesthetic goals and the trends you want to try each season. Plus, it will stop you from throwing away loads of money on fashion’s best selling “of the moment” must-have that’ll you’ll never wear come next spring.

6.) When in Doubt, Stay Neutral. Grey, black, tan, white, stripes, navy. These are always good color choices! A good rule of thumb to follow: an item should “go” with at least five other pieces already in your wardrobe.

7.) Buy What You LUV. If you don’t like it, you’ll never feel 100% in comfortable wearing it. So if you don’t love it, or feel like you have to convince yourself you’ll wear it, leave it!

Here are some pieces you should definitely have in your closet if you don’t already!

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Get Your Shop On:

> MIH Jeans Striped Top
> Brass Twin Cuff 
> Short Tan Trench Coat
> Gap Destructed Straight Skimmer Jeans
> Clare V. Leopard Sadrine Bag 
> J.Crew Rory Ankle Boots

While we harp on buying basics, we’re not above trying a few trends. But these are usually the pieces in the closet that transition OUT season after season. So, our rule of thumb with trends is to stay as neutral as possible- in every sense of the word.

Take summer’s uber popular culotte. Try it in a classic navy rather than the trendy leather variety and you have a gorgeous piece to pari with a sweater. That goes for all shorts- you can still wear them with a trench and chunky knit until temps really drop. Think about layering light summer sweaters with a chambray shirt and the cutout booties you wore with your favorite dress in August still look great with a pair of cuffed jeans and a scarf!

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Get Your Shop On:

> French Connection Knit Jumper 
> Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses 
> Sicily Print Scarf
> Acne Studios Culottes 
> Madewell Cities Pouch 
> Pia Bootie 

Overall, transitioning your wardrobe for the new season is all about layers. A lot of the pieces can still work through the coming months, especially if you’ve been building your closet on basics. Now it’s time to dust off the sweaters and pound those boots to the pavement – yay! Who’s ready??

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No, It Ain’t $50 for T-shirt!

​​​Have you noticed how over the past few seasons fashion trends have taken on a major casual vibe? Sweatshirt worn to the office? Done. Boyfriend jeans now appropriate anywhere? Cool. Wearing a t-shirt as formal wear? All about it! I, for one, am thoroughly on this casual-is-cool bandwagon!! I love the idea of looking “dressed up” in a super comfy ensemble for a date night – which is exactly what I did for a recent trip to San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum followed by a dinner out on the town.

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I simply threw on a cheeky tee and jazzed it up with a print skirt and cage sandals. I call the result “all cute, zero discomfort.” Perfect for an old married lady such as myself.

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That being said, we know “trends” won’t last forever. They’ll inevitably go out just as quickly as they came in. That’s why I’m also totally in support of opting for something cute and on point, but on par with what any trendy item warrants price-wise… How’s $10 sound?? That’s what my Old Navy Holy Chic tee set me back! And I’ve already got plans to rock it around the office under a blazer {this one is 50% off!}. Boom – two looks for the incredibly crazy affordable price of one!

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So don’t think you have to relegate your tees to lazy days shuffling around the house. Get a little creative and suddenly you’ve got a ton of good-lookin’ outfit options with one of your favorite staples. I certainly think we’ve got a little more time before the statement tee trend is on the what’s out list, so go ahead and stock up! Your fall wardrobe will thank you.

WHAT I’M WEARING // GET YOUR SHOP ON

> Old Navy Graphic Tee

> Nicole Miller Skirt

> Zara Sandals {similar}

> Brahmin clutch

> BaubleBar rings

> Aerin lipstick

photography by Ashley Batz

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