I went to Houston this past weekend for the Mom 2.0 Summit; I learned a lot about marketing and social media and PR, but I also saw some of the best-dressed women on the internet. The key: These women chose pieces that were spiffier than what they might wear for a normal day with the kids but that were still representative of who they were. They also put together looks that were wearable for an entire day of panels and networking and talking.
Here are three of my favorite looks from the conference.
Kristen Chase, author of The Mominatrix’s Guide to Sex, pulled together a look that is both professional and true to her personality. Kristen’s look is clean and simple; her sheath dress fits perfectly and flatters her figure, and it looks professional and comfortable. The shrunken leather jacket gives her fairly conservative outfit a rough edge, which is perfect for Kristen. And those pumps — round-toed platforms, which make her legs a million miles long at the same time that they’re comfortable enough to walk in all day long — are super sexy, but in a really understated way. Just like Kristen. If you’re not blessed with those legs, look for a dress with a slightly longer hemline, but keep it above the knee.
I envy writer Rebecca Wolf’s ability to wear horizontal striped leggings and look hott in them. But while most of us might not be able to pull off this exact look, we can learn a lot from Rebecca’s strategy. She’s paired the slim leggings and a long blouse with an oversized blazer for a look that is quirky and memorable, but also totally functional. Substitute skinny jeans for the leggings and this look is perfect for running errands. And don’t forget the handbag — Rebecca’s bag is big enough to tote son Archer and daughter Fable’s things but chic enough not to look like a diaper bag.
I had breakfast with Devra Renner the other morning; when I complimented her on her blouse, she said, “Why do we only ever shop when we’re going to a conference?” Grab that conference energy, ladies, and take it to the mall this weekend — why not? Devra’s simple black top is something she can wear on a normal day at home; it was an easy chiffon fabric in a basic black, but the beautiful detailing at the neckline gave it a really pretty vibe. Devra paired it with black pants, but she could also wear this with jeans and a cardi or deep V-neck sweater, or with a slim pencil skirt.
What’s your go-to work outfit?