What Sarah LaFleur Wears in a Week: Staycation Edition
Our founder and CEO shares the capsule wardrobe she’s wearing for her cozy week at home in Brooklyn.
Sarah LaFleur is constantly in motion. Whether she’s visiting family in Japan, flying across the country for networking events, or even making the trek from her Brooklyn home to the M.M.LaFleur office in Manhattan, she’s rarely in one place for long. This makes strategic packing a priority—and to get it right, she relies on the capsule-wardrobe philosophy of mixing and matching. “I started doing this thing where I lay out all my outfits for a trip in Google slides,” Sarah explains. “It’s a little more effort up front, but it means that when I actually go to pack, I’m not wondering, ‘Does this go with this?’ And I don’t overpack anymore. It’s so much easier.”
Because she travels so often, Sarah is especially excited that this year, she and her family are staying home for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean she’s throwing out her go-to outfit-planning technique. Instead, she’ll be approaching her week-long staycation like a vacation—relying on a capsule wardrobe, so she can spend less time getting ready and more time enjoying life with her husband and three extremely adorable children. (Actually, four, if you count her 85-lb dog, Ruggles. Which we definitely do.)
Here are seven ways Sarah LaFleur is styling her winter staycation capsule.
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“I love tonal dressing. It’s an easy way to put an outfit together, and it makes you look taller (I’m 5’5” on a good day), because it doesn’t divide up your body. Our new boiled wool pieces—the Quincy pullover and the Leah skirt—are so incredibly warm, I can get away with wearing a skirt even when it’s gross outside. Layers are key in cold weather, and so I’m wearing the Quincy over my favorite piece, the silk jersey Elizabeth turtleneck, which feels like butter against my skin. I didn’t appreciate silk knitwear until I started wearing the Elizabeth, and now I’m hooked. I’ve bought it in five colors since we released it in Fall ‘21.”
“My surprise-favorite pant of the season is the Archie in vegan leather, because it can make any outfit look cool. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the rest of my outfit; if I’m wearing the Archie, I just know I’ll look good. In general, I think it’s time for people to start having more fun with pants. It’s not that skinny jeans are ‘over’—it’s that it’s time for everyone to expand their horizons and start making pants a focal point.”
“When I want to wear sweatpants but not look like I’m wearing sweatpants, I wear the Giana pant. I know it’s hard to see what it looks like online because we made it in black, but if you’re on the fence, just trust me (and more importantly, trust Miyako) and go for this one. The satin texture will elevate your whole outfit. Plus, what’s not to love about cargo pants? They have pockets! What really pulls this outfit together, though, is the Lisey cami in washable silk, which adds a pop of print and burst of color.”
“You know when you’re hosting a holiday party at your house, and you want to dress up but not look like you tried too hard? This is that outfit. The silk slip dress is the ‘must-have item’ of the season (and it was last holiday season, too). Dress it down with an oversized cashmere sweater like the Caro, and you’ll look like the effortless hostess you’ve always wanted to be. What’s not pictured here is me jumping into the shower as guests start to arrive.”
“One thing I love about slip dresses is that if you add a cozy pullover, you get the look of separates without any of the fuss. Also, there are few things more satisfying and luxurious than wearing silk charmeuse and plush cashmere at the same time.”
“There are some days when changing out of pajamas just doesn’t happen, and that’s okay—especially when your pajamas are as soft and chic as these. We made these Sahara-print sets in collaboration with Petite Plume (famously worn by Prince George when meeting Barack and Michelle Obama!), and I pretty much haven’t slept in anything else since. Here’s to more days in PJs in 2023!”