A former Vogue fashion writer shares her secrets for instant and easy chic.
While working as the senior fashion writer at Vogue.com, Marjon Carlos wrote a series about 9-to-5 style and spoke to everyone from all sides of the style spectrum. She asked Swedish It-girls (aka Babba Canales) and tech entrepreneurs what they wore every day to the office, what clothing they felt most productive in, and how they got ready in the morning. She perfected writing about the work uniform while mastering her own—although she admits she fell into a habit of wearing similar pieces every day. Going from 9-to-5 to no set hours with her new freelance career, Carlos has more time to put together her look each morning, which has given her a fresh perspective and a more refined wardrobe.
Here are her three tips for how to keep your work look stylish. And the best part? She told us looking good actually helps her focus more (!!!), so yes—we’ll be investing in slip dresses, all-white outfits, and some new designers ASAP.
Throw a t-shirt on underneath a slip dress
After finding a couple of vintage slip dresses, Carlos became obsessed and now boasts a pretty dreamy (and lacey) collection of her own. The slip dress’s contiguity with lingerie typically makes it off-limits for the workplace, but Carlos recommends wearing a vintage tee or a white top underneath to keep the sexy look polished. And if you want to go out after work? You know what to do.
When in doubt, wear all white
Whoever made up the rule about not wearing white after Labor Day has clearly not experienced the absolute perfection and ease of an all-white outfit. When in doubt just wear a white top, white jeans, and white boots—you’ll look so chic, and the look can easily take five minutes to put together on a day you’re running late.
Stand out with newer designers not everyone has heard of yet
One of Carlos’s favorite parts of her job as a fashion writer is being able to give a platform to new designers from all walks of life. Not only is supporting emerging designers an incredible way to support young artists, but it’s also a great way to look unlike anyone else. Consider some of Carlos’s favorites—Miaou, Lorod, and Duro Olowu—for statement pieces no one else in the office has.