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7 Fashion Editors on the Outfit They Feel the Most Confident In

When looking great makes you feel great, too.

the clothing item fashion editors feel most confident in
Paige Campbell Linden
Fashion editors are considered experts in their field for a reason. Since they attend all the shows and market appointments, theyre able to pinpoint and nurture a trend from its inception. Thats why we trust them when it comes to deciphering the hottest trends of the season (barrettes for spring and knee-high boots for fall, FYI). While trends are fun to try on for size, they don’t always work perfectly with your unique style, and it’s unfortunately all too easy to get swept up by the season’s latest and greatest and forget about the things we actually love to wear. So we decided to ask a few fashion experts about what pieces make them feel great about themselves, regardless of which pieces are in or out. Their responses ranged from a sensible pair of black heels to suits—of both the track and power varieties. Keep reading to discover the clothing items that make these seven editors feel the most confident.


Aemilia Madden

Senior Fashion Editor at The Zoe Report

“Confidence for me always stems from comfort. If I’m busy worrying about how something looks or fits the whole time I have it on, my focus is misdirected. When I want to project positive energy, one of my favorite things to put on is a pair of low block heels. They make me feel a bit dressed up, but I can still walk around without risking a spill.”

Emilia Petrarca

Fashion News Writer at The Cut

“I feel most confident when I wear a tracksuit. I used to think that power suits were, well, the real power move, but then I started watching TheSopranos, and my eyes were opened to the magic of stretchy pants. In the age of athleisure, there’s arguably more to be gained by doing less. I wore this red Mademe x Converse tracksuit to my office holiday party last year and felt like Saint Nicholas himself. It’s great for dancing or doing absolutely nothing.”

Harling Ross

Fashion Editor at Man Repeller

“This white skirt from & Other Stories is the breadbasket to my wardrobes meal—the perfect precursor to any outfit idea in the midst of taking shape. It always looks good, no matter what I wear with it, and it’s one of those rare neutrals that feels distinctive in its own right. I once had a nightmare that I lost it—that’s how much of a hold it has over me and my stylistic proclivities. I woke up and put it on immediately.”

Caroline Issa

Fashion Director of Tank Magazine

“I feel so comfortable in tailored suits—weird, given I started my career as a management consultant and lived in brown, navy, and black suiting. But maybe it’s the feeling of confidence, of being put together, and now I wear brightly colored or printed suits instead.”

Anny Choi

Market Editor at Vogue

“My ultimate confidence-boosting pieces from my wardrobe are my go-to basics that I come back to year after year. Working in the fashion industry, we are always bombarded with new designers and new trends. What works one season might not necessarily work the next. It’s the classic investment pieces that make me feel polished, no matter where I am, that always bring out the best in me. These include my plain black Manolo Blahnik kitten heels that I pretty much wear to all black-tie events, Manolo Blahnik Ballerimu slides in black and leopard that I religiously wear to work, a tan leather jacket from The Row (anything from The Row, really!), and pieces from Khaite, Toteme and La Ligne, who all make really chic, high-quality basics. To me, getting dressed to the 10 is all about finding these simple, well-fitting base layers and adding on the fun, trendy pieces on top of that!”

Michelle Li

Associate Fashion Market Editor at Refinery29

“This black vintage slip dress from Either And makes me feel so confident. I think it’s because it’s a simple enough dress that I feel comfortable wearing it on its own, but can also envision it styled in many different ways. The possibilities feel endless. I have a few black slips at this point, but this dress hangs on my body so well that I never feel too frumpy or overexposed. It’s my Goldilocks and the Three Bears slip dress—it’s just right.”

Marina Larroude

Fashion Director at Barney’s

“I feel my best self when I have a good hair day, or after a good blow-dry. Then, any outfit seems to work. But if I get to pick one outfit, it would be a printed, feminine dress. I like to be dressed for any meeting or event that comes up during my day.”

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