How We Dress: For Work, Part II

Next in our series is Alisa – a Senior Digital Strategist at Small Girls PR, in New York City. Alisa teamed up with photographer Christina Emilie to snap some of her favorite work outfits, while strolling through the West Village. Here she describes her favorite easy dress up or down basic, a new trench for sweater weather, and her go-to “I-rolled-out-of-bed-too-late-but-want-to-look-put-together” outfit.


Tell us about your work.

I’m a Senior Digital Strategist at Small Girls PR, where I handle everything from influencer and brand partnerships to multi-platform public relations campaigns in the digital/tech, fashion, and design space.  We work with a bunch of cool up-and-coming startups, like Rebelmouse, Threadflip, HelloFlo, and Lumoid, to more established Fortune 500 companies, like GE and Ann Taylor

How would you describe your philosophy / style?

My style is a bit eclectic—I love vintage, feminine pieces but I’m also drawn to the 1960’s mod, Twiggy era. Lately, I’ve been really into shibori prints, mudcloth, macramé, and wabi-sabi. I like when things are a little imperfect and not overly fussy.

Who are your sources of inspiration?

Annie Hall, Jean Seberg, and Jane Birkin are such timeless style icons. In terms of contemporary ladies, I really admire Sofia Coppola, Zooey Deschanel, Carey Mulligan, and Rashida Jones, and Instagrammers like A Vintage ViceBethany Marie OlsonAlyssa Coscarelli, Lauren CarusoLucy Laucht, and Rachel Antonoff—all have enviable style, and most importantly, look like they’re having fun.

What item(s) in your wardrobe could you not live without?

I can’t live without my Moscot sunglasses, ever-expanding collection of Baggu’s (perfect for hauling groceries, flowers–you name it), and a beat-up, old pair of Ancient Greek sandals that are the most comfortable shoes I own. Oh, and dresses/rompers. It’s nice to have one item you can just put on and go.

Outfit 1 


How did you put this outfit together / what was the thinking behind it?

I probably wear this dress way too often, but it’s such an easy basic that can be dressed up or dressed down.

What do you love about this outfit?

The color combo of gray, white, and pink.

Where did the pieces come from?

Pink tote: baggu.comLace dress: Free People; Tights: Hue; Jacket & boots: Isabel Marant; Studded bracelet: Wendy Nichol; Necklace: Bodhi (boutique in Brooklyn); Ring: Catbird

Outfit 2


How did you put this outfit together / what was the thinking behind it?

This is my “I-rolled-out-of-bed-too-late-but-want-to-look-put-together” outfit. I’m a big believer in waist-cinching belts. They’re universally flattering!

What do you love about this outfit?

The contrast of light blue with camel + geometric prints.

Where did the pieces come from?

Wrap sweater: Cynthia Vincent; Belt: Madewell; Tote: Lubochka (Baba Clava bag); Studded bracelet: Wendy Nichol pyramid cuff; Jeans: Paige

Outfit 3


How did you put this outfit together / what was the thinking behind it? 

I love the bright, geometric print of this dress from Pinky Otto, and the navy trench helps tie it together. I’ve been wearing it over everything lately, now that’s its finally starting to warm up in New York.

What do you love about this outfit?

It reminds me of crisp fall days and sweater weather. Nothing beats fall in New York.

Where did the pieces come from?

Trenchcoat: DKNY; Dress: Pinky Otto; Tote: Clare Vivier; Boots: Loeffler Randall (Fenton Buckle Bootie)


Thank you, Alisa, for allowing us to commute alongside you to work and get a glimpse into how you put together your outfits! I love your eclectic, vintage, feminine-but-not-too-fussy style. It is effortlessly chic!

For more advice–style and otherwise–from women who are on the brink, follow @shespoised on twitter, or like She’s Poised on Facebook (and select Get Notifications from the drop down menu).


P.S. Dressing for work on a budget, in praise of the black jumpsuit, and selecting a signature scent.

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