Nina Garcia -always impeccably dressed, never out of style – last doled out fashion advice in The Little Black Book Of Style, which had tips for how to wear everything from a white shirt to a black-tie gown. And now, in a follow-up, titled Nina Garcia’s Look Book: What To Wear On Every Occasion, she tackles a struggle we all deal with, every single day: Finding the right outfit for the right circumstances, gotta-look-good event or make-or-break encounter.
“We tend to minimize the importance of presenting ourselves,” the Project Runway judge tells Crushable. “We can control the image we put out there. … We get SCARED of fashion! Women are very clever, and can do it very well.”
Since we work in an office – and we assume many of you do as well! – we were curious as to how best to look professional (and cute at the same time). And then, finally, how to transition from day to night when you don’t have time to run back home and change before going out to dinner (or drinks).
“I try to layer and peel off the layers,” she tells Crushable. “Wear more clothes during the day and peel them off. … Wear minimal makeup during the day and add more” before leaving the office.
On that end, other Nina day-to-night tips: Wear a blazer or jacket for day in addition to comfortable shoes; keep a pair of heels under your desk for night, and bring an evening clutch inside a work-y tote bag that you can carry later on. After removing your blazer, slipping on heels and grabbing your clutch, add on some “whimsical jewelry” as well, and you’re good to go.
And since looking appropriate when you’re looking for a job is more important than how you look working at one – it’s that first impression that can seal the deal – what the heck do we wear during a job interview? (We could never quite nail the “right look” for such occasions).
“Do your homework,” Nina says. “Where are you working? … Is Human Resources (doing the interview)? Is it someone from the staff? Dress for the person.”
Also, “Dress as safe and conservative as possible. .. Clean hair and makeup. A jacket, a tulip skirt, mid-high heel pumps. No stilettos. … I’m a big believer in wearing a jacket. … It’s an armor.”
In Nina’s Look Book, there are chapters on what to wear to therapy (“When you look good, you feel better. Fashion is a muscle you exercise”) and what to wear to meet your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend (“Looking good is the best revenge! Take advantage of that moment.”)
And on a personal note, Nina – whose expecting another child, a boy, in December – says there are commonalities between writing a book and having a baby.
“It’s very similar,” she says. “It’s painful!!!”
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