Style is as much about codes as it is about self-expression: Hopping on the bandwagon of a popular-coat phenomenon can belie your Upper East Side identity. The latest avante-garde ceramics can quietly convey your particular taste for design. And playing the part of “crazy rich” can come down to the inexpensive underwear outsiders wouldn’t “get.” Because creatives provide some of the most interesting, subtly clout-driven style inspiration, we asked three women in different status-y fields about the pieces they live in, the must-have tools of their trade, and the brands that serve as a wink to other insiders that the wearer, too, is part of the club. Read on for the surprisingly practical totems, from the Blundstone boots relied on by filmmakers and food pros, to the hair accessory blowing up among trendsetters.
Fariha Róisín, writer, editor, and podcaster
Róisín is senior editor at The Juggernaut, and is currently hosting and producing a new podcast. Her poetry collection and journal with Abrams will be published this fall.
(1) I’m Australian, and I grew up with these boots. There’s something so sentimental about the original cut. I like it for a casual summer night out, or Sunday brunch and a museum after. (2) I’ve been collecting barrettes for a couple of years. I’m really enjoying this one’s colors against the backdrop of my hair. (3) I bought my first Pleats Please item last year and it’s an instant wardrobe staple. This pant is the perfect addition. (4) As a writer, finding the right pen is an endless journey. This Kaweco pen is great for travel and is super-compact. (5) This Hay jug sits on my desk: standalone, with a solo flower, or I put a charcoal stick in there and use it as my water container.
Cara Nicoletti, butcher and video host
Nicoletti is a fourth-generation butcher and sausage-maker, video host, cookbook author, and co-founder of a forthcoming packaged goods company.
(1) I’ve worn my Handyma’am coveralls for five years: on farms, in butcher shops, and on hot dates. They’re really curve-flattering! (2) At work, we all wear this Victorinox Knife Scabbard on a chain around our waist to make switching knives more seamless, and prevent us from leaving knives on the table — a big safety no-no. (3) Hoops have been a staple since I was 13: the bigger the better. Laura Lombardi’s XL hoops are perfect. (4) The small heel on this boot elevates it from workwear to something sleeker, best worn with a cuffed skinny jean and white t-shirt. (5) As a large-busted lady, it’s hard to find a breathable, supportive bra that’s still sexy and comfortable to work in.
Christelle de Castro, director and photographer
(1) I go everywhere with my fold-up Filo laptop stand. Shooting takes a toll on my shoulders and back, so working upright is essential. (2) These motocross pants keep me warm and highly visible hiking upstate, which I do often. I also have zero shame wearing them to meetings and industry events. (3) My work glasses have sapphire transition lenses so they morph into sunglasses! They’re stylish, and so comfortable that I fall asleep in them. (4) This is my go-to funky bag for everything from my laptop to gym clothes. (5) This is the kind of effortless, comfortable, weather-resistant boot I can live in. It’s cool enough to make even a tornado of an outfit look put-together.
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