Hot town, summer in the city...
Summer is great and all, except when you're walking to work (or when you're waiting on a sweltering subway platform, or when you're suddenly assaulted by body odor that is both impressive in strength and inescapable in reach...), but it can pose a tricky conundrum when putting together office outfits. You want to be cool outside but able to stay warm inside (Arctic blast on the building AC anyone?), while also taking advantage of the fact that it is summer in your style.
My solution is the above outfit. Cream jeans, a denim blazer to be thrown on indoors, and a black strappy top for the concrete heat. I usually wear flats for my walk to the office and carry a spare pair of heels for when I arrive to work. Nice thing about these patent smoking slippers is they are perfect for getting around in ease and comfort as well as looking polished and professional.
Last but not least, the backpack. The backpack is apparently making a comeback and it is about time. I see men in Manhattan all the time with sharp, quality backpacks, looking oh so refined but also COMFORTABLE. Rushing from place to place with a heavy workbag that is stuffed with lunch containers, things for work, pouches of necessary items, and the like, all weighing you down on ONE SIDE is terrible for your back and usually painful to the favored shoulder, even if you manage to switch the bag from side to side as much as possible. Enter the backpack. After finding this super affordable vegan leather option (i.e. really smart marketing name for pleather) and entering a world where I can carry everything I need, not be unbalanced, and look fly (yes, I did just say fly) in most settings (backpack for the office, backpack on the weekend, backpack to dinner... backpack to da club), my life has changed.
Photographed by James Chu.