Around the ’80s, the image of a working woman charging purposefully down some crowded midtown sidewalk became emblazoned in the public consciousness. There might have been shoulder pads, a scrunchie, a brick-like cellphone at her ear. But there was almost surely (and most conspicuously) a pair of no-nonsense “tennis shoes” on her feet — a foil to her boardroom skirt suit. (After all, she had business to handle.) Today, women still need to get it done, and functional footwear is still key. But the suit-and-shoulder-pads uniform has thankfully given way to clothes that are as practical to wear as they are stylish. To inspire your feel-good work look, we asked three professional women how they dress their best for tackling a typical day, featuring comfortable, stylish pieces from Kenneth Cole.
Founder of Novella, a writing club and storytelling salon for women, and brand marketing professional
Because I work in the fashion/media industry fulltime, my work style is very downtown, and I always have to be on top of new trends. But I love to throw in a callback to my personality by adding in streetwear elements. This jacket and sneaker are a perfect combo of fashionable pieces that echo what’s filling my social feeds and going down runways at the moment. Put together with the leather skirt and the rose-gold hoops, this look emanates my sleek-with-an-edge style, and is reflective of the ever-changing industry I’m in.
Founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In, “a newsletter for women who’d rather stay in tonight”
I definitely dress for comfort more than anything else. These days it’s out of necessity — I run around the city a lot, hopping from meeting to meeting, and so I do a lot of walking. I love these white sneakers because they’re a comfortable staple, but the embroidered detailing gives them a bit more personality and playfulness. Since most of my meetings are business-related, it’s important for me to balance comfort with style and polish. I love being able to “dress up” an outfit like this with a more refined accessory, like this rose-gold watch.
Fashion partnerships editor at the Cut
My days range wildly from being packed with market appointments, to eight hours on set, to a straightforward day at the office. There are times when I have to unexpectedly run out for a meeting or attend an after-work event, so I like to be prepared for anything. These pumps are a conversation-starter for meeting new people, but they’re also a reasonable height to take on the cobblestone streets near our offices. I also get cold at the slightest hint of air conditioning or wind, so this chunky sweater-jacket is perfect. And, its sportiness is a nice contrast to the ladylike heels.
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