The most important element of Power Casual dressing, I believe, is pants. While there will always be a place for a designed, beautiful skirt, in this new world of dressing where we are trapezing from one scene to the next, the utilitarian pant always wins.
The trick to being stylish? Owning pants in multiple silhouettes. As Miyako once said, “Anyone can wear a designed top. Only fashionable people wear designed pants.” So I have purposefully gone beyond the tried-and-true skinny pants. My go-tos are the Colby joggers, Hockley jeans, and Chester pants, which all have a tapered leg, but I also love the Rogalas (a culotte) and the Wesley (flared pants—girls, just trust me, they’ll look great on you when you tailor them to suit your height, since they come extra long for women of all heights).
On top, I typically wear the Avery or Charlie top when it’s warmer, and the Chadwick when it’s a bit cooler. Full disclosure: I also wear these when I’m rolling around on the floor with my kids. These knits are the most elegant versions of T-shirts, and not surprisingly, I reach for them because they really are impossible to wrinkle. They also have texture to them, so a little stain or spit-up isn’t as obvious. With these tops, I can go from PJs to Zoom-meeting-ready in under 5 minutes, and usually, that is all the time I have.
The one item I rotate out is a jacket. Typically, I am sans jacket, but if I’m going out, or if I want to dress to impress, I always throw on a jacket. If I had to pick my favorite piece of 2021 so far, it would hands down be the Lilia. I never thought of myself as a “cropped jacket” kind of person, but it turns out, I am! The Emalis in poppy is another favorite. It’s the right shade of red, and when I want to make an impression, I throw that on. A jacket that works for most any occasion is the Moreland, and unsurprisingly, it’s been the #2 seller of 2021. (What’s #1? You guessed it: the Stella leggings, aka our gift to womankind.