What to Wear to Work


What to Wear to Work When It’s Hot Out

The moment after we play tag with the snooze button in the morning, what to wear to work crosses our minds. There are several considerations: With whom will we be meeting that day? What’s clean? What’s ironed? What’s the weather outside? On hot summer days, that final concern is paramount and puzzling. Shorts and a tank top would never do, but the usual trousers and blouse seem stifling.

What to Wear to Work When It's Hot Out

Trouvé belted duster jacketNordstrom Collection stripe stretch silk dress | adidas Gazelle sneaker

We asked Nordstrom Stylist Morgan Dillon what to wear to work when it’s sticky, humid and blazing hot, and then our colleague Sydney Bright tried out the airy suggestions at Nordstrom headquarters in downtown Seattle. Let’s just say we’re big fans of her picks (and of fans in general).



Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Slides to Work

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments. 

How often do you build your workday look from the shoes up? Often, right? And how often do you prioritize comfort? Often, right? At this time of year, that’s going to lead us to the sandal section of our closets.

The question: Are slides, by nature, too casual for the office—or are there ways to work the sport-chic angle for the 9-to-5?

All images by Victoria Kovios

The solution: Putting the more casual, après-workout varieties aside, it’s totally possible and completely modern to rock a fashion slipper among colleagues and partners. But here’s the deal: the fact of the matter is that you will always and only look great when you feel great. If your gut feeling is that a pair of slides—or any item—feels too casual, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to stride into the conference room feeling confident.

On the other hand, if you feel good about a look, all that’s left to do is own that feeling and walk (or, uh, slide) right through the door. Whether your office is a lifestyle-vibe coworking space, a classic corporate HQ or a startup with an open-plan room full of cozy quarters—or, really, anywhere in between—we offer these four looks for your consideration.



How to Wear the Best Emerging Designers for Spring with Olivia Kim

Leave it to Olivia Kim to break down the season’s most intimidating looks. No really: let’s just leave it to her. Here’s our SPACE curator demystifying key looks from the best emerging designers—and including links so you can own the vibe now.



How to rock a ruffle like it’s no big deal:

“It’s all in the shoes and socks. A really beautiful pair of stark white socks will do wonders for your life; wear them with some oxfords or a pair of sturdy, chunky sandals. They’ll make your ruffles look way more NBD.”

Maria La Rosa | Marques’Almeida | Adieu


Dena Blevins, Starbucks creative director of global promotions ALL POSTS Interviews Style

Coffee, Art and Sky-High Heels with Dena Blevins, Starbucks Creative Director | Professional Opinion

“Dress for the job you want,” they say. Instead, we’re dressing those who already have jobs we covet for our fashion series, Professional Opinion. And while we’re at it, we asked these talented women for some career and style advice. (We know how to show initiative!)

Nothing is as inspiring as an inspired person. Speaking with someone who has clearly been bitten by an idea is infectious.

In some ways, this is how a good creative director works, with enthusiasm and experience, guiding hands and minds. Chatting with Starbucks creative director of global promotions, Dena Blevins, over decaf grande americanos at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, we learned how teamwork and feedback—from coworkers and customers—inform the worldly vision of this coffee empire. Apparently it doesn’t hurt to dress cool too.

Dena Blevins, Starbucks creative director of global promotionsHalogen® ribbed mock neck top and long rib knit sweater skirt | Givenchy Ryka shark tooth open toe bootie | accessories: the model’s own


Fashion Week

Herve Leger’s Lubov Azria Tells Us How to Wear the Spring Collection

Herve Leger will show their fall collection on Saturday, but yesterday we managed to get 15 minutes with the iconic woman behind the bandage dress, Lubov Azria, to tell us about how she’s wearing the current collection.


These are the dresses that are coming into our stores and online now, and these are the dresses that are going to show up come Saturday, because as we pointed out in our runway report last season, an Herve Leger show is full of Herve Leger dresses.


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Who What Wear Asks Caroline Issa What to Wear to Work

Sure, the casualization of workwear is a thing oft lauded as a godsend for modern office life (we definitely aren’t complaining), but international fashion fixture and businesswoman Caroline Issa reminds us that keeping the pro in professional has its perks, too.

Caroline Issa

Caroline Issa in the first season of Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa 

Who What Wear recently checked in with the ever-chic fashion entrepreneur and Nordstrom collaborator to get her top five habits for dressing like you mean it every day of the week.

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Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi on Ballet and Beautiful Heels

When you want to know, you go straight to the top of four inches of smoky suede.

Upon seeing the elegant and sometimes edgy styles in the fall ’15 Jimmy Choo shoe and handbag collection, and upon understanding that behind them were the magical stage lights of world-class ballet, we couldn’t help wanting to learn more about creative director Sandra Choi’s inspiration.

We chatted via email with the Isle of Wight–born, Hong Kong–educated designer about her favorite dancers, how she wears these styles and the enduring allure of the ankle.

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New York Fashion Week: It Bags with Caroline Issa

Yep, it’s that time again. In almost exactly one month, editors, buyers, models, and more will be disembarking planes and weaving their way through Manhattan as New York Fashion Week—the Spring 2016 edition—comes to life. And whereas Fall market—which takes place in February and March—is a sort of street style show set in the tundra where a killer statement coat is the key piece, this round takes place in an altogether more temperate climate. The key piece this September and October from New York to London, Milan to Paris? The handbag. We asked Caroline Issa to select one for each city over the next three weeks—and a look to go with them all, too. Let’s kick it off with Gotham City.


Tod’s medium fold leather shopper

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What to Wear to Nordstrom Designer Preview

Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

An image from Designer Preview 2014

Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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What to Wear to Work When You’re a Makeup Artist

Makeup artists, hair and wardrobe stylists, and to some degree photographers, creative directors, producers and other crew members are in a tricky position: When you’re readying someone else for the public eye, it’s not necessarily your time to shine. But still… When you’re in the business of aesthetics and design, you’re expected to be an expert at looking good. For example, let’s say it’s your job to beautify Christina Aguilera before she performs during the Super Bowl. Yeah, that happened. And Venice Beach-based celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles managed to pull it off with effortless style.

Wearing: Helmut Lang top, NYDJ pants, Rachel Zoe sandals
Image courtesy Andrew Stiles

We asked this natural beauty, total pro and mom-of-one to tell us all about being California cool amongst the coolest of the cool in this installment of our brand-new interview series designed to inspire and inform that daily conundrum, What to wear to work?

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