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A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

For Morenike Fajana, a public interest tenant lawyer, each workday can be different. Her daily schedule — appearing in court, meeting with clients, working in the office or going to see someone’s home — dictates what she wears. But no matter what, Morenike strives to look professional. “I already look young,” she says. “I’ve had clients ask if I was an intern. I don’t want them to be like, ‘Who is this person that I am trusting with my housing situation and my life?'” Ahead, she shows us five go-to outfits, including a fun weekend look…

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

Parka: Topman, similar. Dress: Abound. Tights: Uniqlo Heattech. Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company. Booties: Dolce Vita, similar.

“I studied abroad in London, which really influenced my style. There’s a culture of being a little more dressed up there that I found endearing; people seem to take clothes and fashion more seriously. The general look is very ‘smart,’ as they say in the U.K. — understated but chic. It’s also where I discovered Topshop. One day, on a whim, I checked out the men’s section, and they had really great blazers and sweaters. I found this jacket there, too. The key to wearing men’s clothing is to make all your other clothes form-fitting, so you’re not swimming in your outfit.”

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

Dress: Calvin Klein, similar. Jacket: H&M, similar. Booties: Sam Edelman.

“My role is to represent tenants in Brooklyn Housing Court. (For example, I defend tenants in eviction cases and investigate landlords who may not be following the law.) When I go to court, I don’t like wearing a suit; it feels dowdy. So, as a way around it, I’ll wear a sheath dress with a blazer, and so do most of my female colleagues. A blazer is the key to making anything — even a sweater and leggings — look professional. The male lawyers wear suits, but change into khakis and button-ups when they get back to the office. It goes along with our work ethos. Because we’re a public interest non-profit representing low-income New Yorkers, we want to make sure our clients feel comfortable when they come in, not like we’re better than them or something.”

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

Dress: Everlane. Tights: Uniqlo Heattech. Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company. Booties: Dolce Vita, similar.

“My mother is always very well-dressed. She’ll do monochromatic looks — red top, red pants, red jacket — in a way that’s very elegant. When I was younger she’d say, ‘If you get good grades this year, I’ll take you shopping.’ It was a good system of bribery and cultivated my love of fashion. We’d go to the mall and stop by Macy’s for her and Abercrombie for me. We still go shopping together, although my taste has changed — my mom is ride or die for Macy’s. Hoops are her signature style. Over the holidays, I was going out with a bunch of cousins, and my mom and all the other aunts were like, what is everybody going to wear? My mom gave me these earrings and told me to hold onto them. I don’t usually don’t do big earrings, but she’s trying to get me to step outside my comfort zone.”

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

Dress: WAYF. Shirt: Urban Outfitters, similar. Booties: Shelly’s London.

“I’m not a big online shopper; I prefer to try things on in stores. Seeing something on somebody who is 5’10” and waifish is not a good approximation of what it will look like on me. Also, I love the experience of shopping. I’ll shop for myself, my boyfriend, my little brother! Anybody! Any occasion! Lately, my go-to spot is Nordstrom Rack, where you can get great deals. It can be overwhelming, so I try to go with a purpose. I’ll say, I need work dresses or I need a black turtleneck, so I’m not just roaming around.”

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

A Week of Outfits: Morenike Fajana

Jumpsuit: Topshop, similar. Blazer: Zara, similar. Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Booties: Dolce Vita, similar.

“I’m all about getting dressed up, I associate it with fun nights out with my best friends. I also just love the whole getting ready process: doing my hair and makeup while drinking rosé. If I’m going to dinner or out on a Saturday night in the city, I’ll wear a high-waisted jumpsuit. They’re classy and sexy without showing too much skin. They’re also pretty versatile; I’d even wear one to work in the spring… with a blazer over it, of course.”

Thank you so much, Morenike!

P.S. More women share their outfits, and pretty gold pendants.

(Photos by Ana Gambuto for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. I love Morenike’s natural hair, and killer style! This is my favorite week of outfits so far!

  2. I really enjoyed this post! What a down to earth classy lady :)

  3. Hilary says...

    This was the most relatable of them all so far and so inspiring! As the executive of a community bank its hard to find polished but reliable clothing. She nailed it! I’m recreating these immediately. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kristin says...

    I hope one day to have this much style — definitely gives me inspiration to try a little harder :) Great post! Great style!

  5. LOL my mom is ride or die for Macy’s, too. Growing up, I thought that was the *only* place that sold clothes.

  6. Jane says...

    Hello! I am a regular and admiring follower of your blog and look forward to receiving it on Thursdays. I live overseas in Africa and love the connection it provides to home in the US. I always save your weekly posts for a Saturday or Sunday curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-big-cup-of-coffee read – such a treat! I enjoy the week of outfits section. I wonder, though, have you ever considered focusing on a woman who has had breast cancer and decided to not have reconstruction post mastectomy. I choose to “live flat” and would love some ideas. Just a thought for a future post… Thank you for bringing sunshine into my life.

  7. Morenike’s style is so chic, but also very much her own. I especially love her in the white jumpsuit with the orange blazer. The crisp lines of the tailored suit and jacket look so polished, while the orange is so striking and fun. Love her looks (and her hair)!!

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com

  8. Katie says...

    What a rockstar! Love how she has somehow combined practicality with beauty. This series is so inspiring me to come out of my shell and dress a little more “me” instead of to just blend in. Thank you, Cup of Jo peeps!

  9. beth says...

    I love her relatable footwear choices! As a fellow New Yorker I walk everywhere and loved seeing her cute but comfy looking shoes.

  10. Cassie says...

    I love how Morenike’s style is so relatable and dare I say “normal-looking”. I don’t mean that as anything negative toward her at all, just that she’s stylish, super relatable, and doesn’t have an astronomical shopping budget :) Love the diversity you ladies always bring!

    Obviously this is kind of a narrow idea, but a lot of commenters are mentioning the problem of looking young for their age. Let’s just say I will likely be carded until I’m at least 40 (insert eye roll emoji here). A blessing and a curse! It would be cool to have a post on how to style yourself (hair, makeup, clothes, etc.) to look older and then in contrast to look younger. Obviously nothing is fool proof, but I’m always wondering if changing my hair in certain ways would help!

  11. I’m a teacher for adults and really like Morenikes style, all outfits are something I could be wearing any day. Casual yet formal enough not to be mistaken as a student!

    She is a real beauty and I liked her!

  12. Nat says...

    Beautiful woman! Thank you for the practical tips. And of course…loving the jumpsuit outfit:)

  13. Asia says...

    Cute! I especially love the Everlane shirt dress outfit. Nice to see it on someone who’s not 6 feet tall ;)

  14. Aga says...

    She is lovely!

  15. june2 says...

    I love that structured jacket shape! (third photo)
    Also, she looks amazing in that jumpsuit – I’m def going to adopt that as an evening look!

  16. VP says...

    What a lovely woman! I applaud the work she does, and I died over the white jumpsuit/orange blazer combo. Killer!

  17. Renata says...

    wow. I can totally relate!
    looking a bit too young, having studied abroad in London… and her style, so chic! the fitted dress + smart structured jacket is now on my list.

  18. Motunrayo says...

    Could she please be featured for a beauty uniform post? Her skin is popping!

  19. Meredith Rubin says...

    This is a great post! Would you consider doing a post on clothes that are breastfeeding friendly but aren’t your classic designed-to-breastfeed-in prefab clothes? I live in button up shirts and leggings and know I could be doing better than this. I’m lost!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes for sure! great post idea. i wore button-down shirts a ton, too, and loose V-neck tees.

    • Jessica says...

      Camisoles! One size up, so they stretch enough to be pulled down. And whatever you’re wearing on top can be pulled up. (Not dresses, of course.) I am not one to layer, so I didn’t realise this was an option until kid #2, and it was a revelation.

    • MCW says...

      Yes to camisoles/tanks! Liz Lange for Target makes a killer taut-but-stretchy layering tank (the $12.99 ones), that come in a bunch of colors, wash beautifully and hold their shape after being pulled down. My third is about to wean himself but I have had these tanks in heavy rotation since my first pregnancy and have no plans to stop using them. Then as Jessica said, just pull up whatever layer you’re wearing over it. Unless it’s a crisp white button-up, I found any other button-up would trigger my “I feel sloppy” reflex- lol! Cashmere sweaters are another way to layer chicly and feel like you’re treating yourself to something luxurious.

  20. Cindy says...

    I love your style, Morenike! What a great combination of casual and elegant.

  21. shannon says...

    As a fledgling (read: young) mental health therapist, I am totally with Morenike on the clients giving you the side eye because of your age. I started just pointing it out myself in initial sessions with older clients: “I might be younger than you were expecting – do you have any questions about that? Are you willing to keep meeting for a few weeks, and then we’ll check in and see if it’s an issue for you after we’ve talked some more?” I am so much less nervous now that I decided to broach the topic myself instead of waiting for them to admit their questions, or worse, quit showing up completely without feeling like they could tell me why.

    Aaaah, and I’m also feeling the tension of needing to dress up to meet business casual standards but not feel totally unapproachable to clients who roll in wearing short shorts, jeans, sweats, etc. I find layers to be the key – less dressy bottoms can look dressed up enough with a blazer, nice necklace, and simple top, but when I’m in a session I might take off the blazer (and sometimes my shoes) to feel more approachable and comfortable. I’ve also thought about wearing slippers at my office to really help put clients at ease when they come in for sessions!

    • Kate says...

      The age issue you brings up is one I struggle with daily. As a young labor representative who often represents people close to twice my age, I too am subject to questions like “you’re a lot younger than I expected.” My priority is to make them feel comfortable especially when their economic security is at risk.

      To compensate for my age, I make sure to always dress professionally even when it’s not necessary. I’m currently trying to determine whether or not cutting my hair to have bangs will help me look older and prevent more questions about my age!

      I’m considering your tip about addressing the age issue before it comes up. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kirsten says...

      Hm, this is something that I truly never thought about with my therapist. Thank you for sharing!

  22. This series is becoming one of my favorites (it is right up there with the Motherhood Around the World series!) and this post might be my favorite yet. Part of that is, as others have pointed out, it is a person that is not in a creative work field. I’ve loved those posts too but her outfits here are more relatable and I appreciated the clothing items came from stores more within my own budget. I’d love to see more women from a variety of career fields (as I’m a teacher… I’d love to see another teacher featured. It can be so hard to figure out what to wear as we can’t wear jeans, which much of business casual style seems based on, but we also have to be warm and approachable….) . I’ve also really loved that you show women of all ages and stages of life in your blog in general and look forward to it in this series too. You talk about your own mother so often, I’d love to see her featured here.

    Out of curiosity, how to find the people you feature? Are they friends or people your friends know? Or do you meet them through networking somehow? Also, all the people featured have such interesting things to say about their clothes and style. Do you ask questions, or just ask that they write a paragraph about each outfit? I just always love how conversational all the posts are.

  23. Jessica says...

    Gorgeous!

  24. She is gorgeous!!

  25. Marie says...

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!

    I recently looked through a “womens magazine” while at the hairdresser, and I got so frustrated. It reminded me why I never read them any more. All the stories about real women and their closets were.. the same. Skinny, white women with a variety of the exact same style. They seemed chosen because they were semi-famous fashion profiles, not because they had accomplished something important, worked interesting jobs or had actual unique style. In fashion magazines “unique” is typically just used to describe any “pop of colour” or an item picked up at a flea market.

    Reading this profile about a successful woman working with something impressive and important almost made me giggly with excitement. How absurd is it that its actually that rare to read profiles about somewhat idealistic, smart, everyday women?

    I also loved the part where she talked about dressing up for court, but also down again for meetings with clients. This is actually very important for a lot of people working with especially clients of lesser resources. However I wish more workplaces talked about this. Many people are not aware that their “professional outfit” can actually seem intimidating to someone in need of help.

    This piece made me think about how I dress, in a smart way.

    Thank you! <3

  26. wendy says...

    I love Morenike’s style so much! And, even beyond the great pieces (that blazer! the turtleneck dresses), she exudes confidence and joy. Lovely :)

  27. Nicky says...

    I love her outfits and her shout-out to Nordstrom Rack! That place has everything. For the ladies looking for affordable work pieces: I love Joe Fresh (www.joefresh.com). Sadly they’ve closed a lot of their stores in the US (they’re Canadian) but I still order it from online. Their blazers, blouses, skirts and pants are so comfy and simple.

  28. Caster says...

    I just want to say Thank You !
    You include Woc in such a beautiful honest way and We need
    more of women like you!

  29. Robyn says...

    As a fellow young lady non-profit lawyer, love seeing a classy and stylish lady profiled!

  30. LOVE every single outfit—she is so cute/classy/natural.

  31. Rachel J. says...

    SO in love with her style!! I’m now aching for some turtleneck dresses and a badass jumpsuit…

  32. Katie says...

    Love that white jumpsuit look!

  33. Rachel says...

    I love it! She’s so beautiful…

  34. Laura says...

    We have such similar style! Loved this

  35. Jamie says...

    I love this. These outfits are the exact level of professionalism I strive for at the office. I’m a graphic designer at a newspaper with a business casual dress code. Not everyone follows it, a lot of jeans and hoodies. I do follow it but since some do not I don’t feel like I have to be super fancy. Just a level above jeans and t-shirts. Of course if I have a meeting I’ll pick out something nice. We have sales people in the office who dress up more, suits and whatnot. It depends on what your job is in the office.

  36. I says...

    I agree that this is one that has a more relatable “budget”. However, I love that cup of jo gives me something to strive for and introduces me to brands and styles that I have never seen before or would stumble across in a mall on my own.

  37. Heather says...

    This is fantastic. She sounds like a wonderful and fascinating person. Her style is very “smart” and yet very practical. I just love it. (And I already have that first outfit.)

    Although I have not clicked any of the links, just from noticing the clothing companies that are mentioned, I feel like this is one of the most relatable wardrobes in this series, budget and function wise. I really enjoyed this one, Megan Cahn.

  38. Jen says...

    I absolutely love this post and want to raid her closet! What a great sense of style, but her personality really makes it all shine.

  39. Love her style — including her hair!

  40. Alice says...

    Ha! I love the comment that everyone in London dresses smartly. It’s kind of true- I live in London, and it’s important to me to feel smart in whatever I wear. My American partner has been here for about a year, and he is ONLY NOW feeling like he has found his groove with office wear (for him, smart jeans, a button down, a blazer), while I feel fine to just dress for whatever day I have. Today, it’s black skinnies, ballet pumps, and a blouse, but yesterday was a smart, bright red wrap dress, and heels!
    And I agree with the comments that it’s GREAT to see someone with a job outside of the creative industries too. I work in higher education and would LOVE to see more people in jobs like mine on the blog! (hint hint, I’m always available- ha!)

  41. Laura C. says...

    Dress for the job you want, girls! And oh, I adore those booties!

  42. Lilia says...

    She’s lovely, with great style!

  43. MS says...

    LOVE your blog, but have actually never commented before today. I really loved this piece. As a physician, I can’t usually relate to the fashion posts, but this one was spot on. Morenike looks fantastic and I love her style! Thank you!

  44. Michelle says...

    I love this so much! Walking that fine line between approachable, professional, fun, and comfortable is always tough, and I vary my outfits based on whether I’m meeting with engineers or customers too. Kudos to her sensitivity to how attire affects her ability to connect with & serve clients, too. Thank you Cup of Jo for mixing it up with a stylish babe who has different workwear needs than creative/fashion!

  45. Diane says...

    She is so cool, grounded and gorgeous.

  46. Emily says...

    Love this post and her style! Very relatable.

    Also, totally relate to her “looking young and needing to be taken seriously issue.” I’m a 27 y.o. grad student and when I tell strangers I’m a student they often ask what year of college I’m in…*sigh*…then again, there could be worse problems to have! ;)

  47. Karen says...

    Great style! Keep the mama earrings, they look fabulous on you :)

  48. Farah says...

    Love the work she does and the clothes she wears!

  49. Katie says...

    Love it! Though sadly her day in court outfit is the level of formality I have to do every day, which is not super fun. The jumpsuit is awesome. At my last office I would wear one with a blazer, but I am not sure it would fly in my current office (not to mention it has a back zip I can’t quite do myself, and I don’t know my new coworkers as well yet… maybe not the bed purchase for that reason, in hindsight).

    • Heather says...

      Maybe you could try adding a longer zipper pull, sort of like a wetsuit, and just tuck it in at the top.

  50. Robin says...

    LOVE. My favourite in this series so far! I would wear every one of those outfits and feel amazing. The white jumpsuit might have to wait until my kids are a little older though ;)

  51. Love her style! Professional yet fun.

  52. What a doll! LOVE the orange blazer with the jumpsuit! <3

  53. amanda june says...

    she’s adorable! great classy style!

  54. Nan says...

    I love her style and she’s so pretty and fresh-looking. The white jumpsuit with orange blazer and booties is a look I’d love to copy! :-)

  55. I love the striped dress.

  56. Bec says...

    Funny that she mentioned that people in London dress smartly. It always strikes me how casually people dress in the US! Especially LA… All that working hard on their bodies just to put them in jeans or shorts and pullovers. It seems a waste!

  57. Renee says...

    My favorite outfits of the week of outfits series. Other the jumpsuit, I could see myself wearing all of her beautiful clothes.

  58. Laura says...

    I love the striped Abound dress from the top photos and could not believe its on sale for $14.83 at Nordstrom Rack. Just ordered one of my own. Thank you!!

  59. jeannie says...

    I adore this post! That first outfit is so casual, but looks fantastic. And that white jumpsuit with the orange jacket!!! Morenike, you look so kind and beautiful and your style is inspirational because it is gorgeous, yet really wearable.

  60. kho says...

    love her!

  61. Emily Ekle says...

    Wow. I love her style!

  62. Jessica says...

    I love the gold hoops! Props to your mom on that one!

  63. Celeste says...

    This was great! Like many others, I loved seeing how Morenike manages the line between professional and expressive. I work in a corporate environment with a business casual dress code but I’m a creative so I need more ideas about dressing that way! I’m digging the sheath dress trick, her layering with that lace top and little dress, and that jumpsuit look! So many great layering ideas.

    • lori says...

      Me too!

  64. I love her style. And her job is so important. Great post all around :)

  65. Shannon says...

    Great style! I love it all but the 4th look I’m obsessed.

  66. Claire says...

    Morenike is lovely and has great style. I love the jumper/lace shirt combo the most, and the booties.
    (btw- would you consider a style feature w/ an older woman too? Maybe Morenike’s mom would do it!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure! great idea, claire!

  67. Em says...

    Fist bump for Morenike from a fellow young female attorney! She looks great and I admire the work that she is doing!

  68. Brit says...

    I love this! I love that she is an attorney that deals with housing, I have had several sketchy landlords in the past and so appreciate advocacy roles! Also, how gorge is that white jumper? (Insert heart eye emoji). I love these posts so much!

  69. trisha says...

    I love her style. And her smile. And the work she do. Gorgeous girl!

  70. Joanna says...

    Great post. Morenike, your personality seems to really shine through (and your smile!) I love your style and agree with others that her style choices are more approachable (and still darling/showing personality) in both appropriateness for a more conservative work environment and also price point. Thanks!

  71. Jessica says...

    I love her style! She looks so put together and stylish at the same time…and she uses brands that most people can afford!

  72. Kato says...

    She looks lovely! Great style and very inspirational for everyone wanting to look professional but not too corporate and stodgy. And yess blazers will make even leggings look good:)

  73. Jay says...

    I love her! Her style is spot on but her beautiful smile and demeanor really make her look.

    I am a stay at home mom but can totally identify with dressing up a little bit more than is necessary. Sometimes I feel a bit silly going to the grocery store in a skirt but WHATEVER, MAN. I NEED THIS. ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! my good friend is a stay at home mom, and she sets her alarm to get up before the kids so she can shower and dry her hair. then her whole day is better. i totally get that!!

    • This. I get joy out of getting myself and my baby looking cute before we go to run errands…..Because 98% of the time we are in our jammies and in need of a bath. ;P

      I love Morenike’s style, and she is beautiful!! Her cute ankle boots take all her outfits next-level.

  74. Emily says...

    Yes! Yes! And YES! Morenike’s comment about a “culture of being a little more dressed up” is exactly what I strive for when dressing. I immediately texted my mom the whole quote! She always says it is better to be overdressed than underdressed and I couldn’t agree more! As a graduate student, dressing up a bit more goes a long way in the eyes of my work colleagues. I am more than a student, I am a young professional.

  75. Amanda K says...

    This is so wonderful! I’m a young-looking public interest lawyer too and I never feel like these kinds of stories look like the way I dress AT ALL, until today!! It’s so hard to strike a balance between professional and approachable when you’re the attorney that acts as a bridge between the formal, stodgy court system and clients with hard lives. Thanks for sharing, Morenike!

    • Liz says...

      I worked as a public defender for a long time and we definitely pushed it with the courtroom fashion, but in a good, professional way. Such a young-female dominated field, at least where I practiced. I’m a big fan of fun button downs under a dress, and colorful long sleeve blouses under buttoned up bracelet length jackets. Monochrome suits and shirts with tights to match, with a fun bootie. Lawyering!

  76. WOW! Morenike, you are just lovely. Your smile reflects your beautiful essence.

    Your work style is kind of perfect and that white jumpsuit looks absolutely gorgeous on you.

    I am in my sixties, so it’s out for me, but….my daughter will love this look.

  77. Morenike is so gorgeous! Love her style – thank you for featuring her! (Bootie collection so on point :)

  78. s says...

    wow! ilove thursday’s look so much.

    would you consider a week of outfits on a plus size person please?

    i love how you include different bodies.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, for sure!

  79. Debbie Z. says...

    What a beautiful woman with classy style.

  80. Kate says...

    Ahhhh, yes! Thank you! I am navigating a new wardrobe after being pregnant/nursing for almost two years and this is so helpful and inspiring! I love the tip to go to some of the discount stores with a purpose to avoid overwhelm. More real fashion features, please!!

  81. Chika says...

    Morenike seems like she is a beautiful person, inside and out! I love that she wears booties with all of her outfits– I’m a booties-wearing kind of gal as well! And the hoops look fantastic on her. Definitely listen to your mom and hold on to those hoops, Morenike! :)

  82. Katie says...

    That jumpsuit is amazing!

  83. Helen says...

    I love this! I’m a very young-looking lawyer too and I struggle with dressing professionally and conservatively while maintaining my own style. I’ve had clients flat-out ask my age, so that’s been a catalyst to try to build a more mature wardrobe. Maybe when I go grey one day people will think I’m old enough to do my job?

    • Janna says...

      I’m a young looking lawyer as well! I think I have about ten more years until I’ll look old enough to be taken seriously. My glasses help, but it definitely makes me dress more seriously.

    • Amanda K says...

      Me too! I was just reading your comment, Helen, and thought it was the same one that I wrote for a second! Morenike has really tapped into a subject that touches maaaaany of us young-looking lady-lawyers :)

    • Em says...

      Me too, Helen! I once had a client say, “You look the same age as my grandchildren.” Oy. One good thing about feeling super young in this profession is that I don’t dread birthdays like a lot of my friends do! I feel like each year and wrinkle just makes me look more lawyerly :)

    • I love Morenike’s gorgeous style and this comment thread! Fellow public interest lawyer here and love reading these comments. Thanks, COJ for featuring different professions-this was definitely my favorite outfit post yet!

    • beth says...

      Ha- I am a still young-looking person who actually started going gray in my teens (I’m now 41). People ask me all of the time why I dye my hair gray! I guess it’s better to look young, though, rather than the alternative…

    • Michelle says...

      I’m young-looking too and not getting paid to say this, but have gotten some classy, comfortable biz casual/biz formal wear from MM LaFleur. Ann Taylor has been great lately too — or is it because I’m now in my 30s?!

  84. what a great style and what a badass woman!

  85. Sarah K says...

    Morenike is beautiful and inspiring, both with her fashion and her work!

  86. Margaret says...

    Love that she shops at Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s! Those stores are definitely more in my budget comfort zone than some others I’ve seen here. Would love to see more like this. :-)

    • Hannah says...

      I second that! Way more in my price range than the others.

    • Rach in Oz says...

      Thirded! These outfits felt much more attainable for me.

  87. Sophia Buckley says...

    This is my favorite in the week of outfits series. I love her style and could see myself wearing each outfit. Everything she’s wearing is very “smart”! Thank you for sharing!

  88. Erin says...

    Great style. Does Morenike always forgo wearing much jewellery or makeup? I’m a jewellery junkie and usually think outfits aren’t really complete unless there’s a tiny bit of sparkle somewhere so it’s really nice to see this kind of simplicity look so nice!

  89. Gen says...

    This post makes me want to be her friend! What a sweet collection of quotes and smiles.

  90. Steph says...

    Morenike just radiates positive energy! Carry on your great work Morenike :-)

  91. Sasha says...

    Can I suggest profiling Annie of the amazing cooking blog Annie’s Eats for either a week of outfits or, even better, a beauty uniform? Her look is as gorgeous as her food is delicious.

  92. Brianna says...

    Thank you for featuring a working professional. I have to dress professionally for my job five days a week (the most casual pants we can wear are corduroys and we only really do that on the snowiest of winter days when we need to wear snow boots in to the office). I dress professionally but still want to express my personality, so this post is helpful.

  93. liz says...

    She’s very cute, wears clothes well and I wish I had her problem of looking young! Embrace it girl! !

  94. Abi says...

    Love the outfits but I’m confused — only the sheath dress and blazer was a work outfit, yes? Would love to see more examples of how she dresses for work and for court, I agree with the other commenters that it is so hard to find budget-friendly, age-appropriate, yet still fashionable clothes for a more formal work setting. Great post!

    • I think Morenike said that she changes outfits throughout the workday, depending on whether she’s visiting clients or in court. The sheath/blazer was for court and the others were less formal to keep herself approachable to clients. :)

    • Clare says...

      I think it comes down to the type of law you practice; I could not dress this casually for my job at a firm and would love to a greater representation of women who work in conservative/formal environments.

    • Anna says...

      This is common among direct service public interest lawyers – wear suits (or suit dress and blazer) to court and business casual when not in court.

  95. APaige says...

    Morenike is gorgeous and has such great style. The white jumpsuit/orange blazer is fab. Not a stalkery question, I promise: wre the last pictures taken in the lobby of a building on Broadway at W. 98th? I am pretty sure I lived there!

  96. Alina says...

    Love this post! Great to see someone with great style for a more business-y setting.

  97. Love her style! She nails understated but classy.

  98. Love that bright orange blazer on her. I bet she’d look great in a jade green, too.

  99. Clare says...

    I love that you featured a young lawyer! It is so funny to see how different practice areas have different dress codes. I’m a first year associate in Oklahoma and find it so hard to find clothing that is appropriate but not aging. And dresses that are long enough and blazers that are short enough–I have the same build as Morenike and the struggle to find clothes that fit is real.

    • I was coming to say the same thing! I’m not a lawyer, but my husband and a lot of our friends are and it’s so interesting how the legal industry has such a large swath of appropriate attire. We live in Houston and the courts are still very conservative and old school. It’s clean cut, full suit, no exceptions. Many large law firms still require the women to wear skirt suits (no pants allowed)! In the office it varies so much. For example, my friend who is an immigration attorney can get away with casual black pants, booties, and a chambray shirt. Our in-house counsel at my oil and gas company wears dress pants, dress shirt, and sometimes a tie. Just one step up from business casual. He only wears full suits if he has a meeting. My husband, however, is a corporate litigator and defends major institutions and he wears a suit and tie every day, even in the dead heat of Houston summer. I even have a few friends who practice from home and wear pajamas when they don’t have to see clients :)

  100. Jessica says...

    As much as I enjoy the daily outfits from women who work in creative industries, I really love seeing someone represented who works in a more conservative/professional field. I struggle with this with fashion blogs all the time–the outfits are gorgeous, but often totally impractical for someone who works in an office setting. I would love to see someone from an education field represented sometime! I teach at a university, and it’s a fine line to walk between dressing professionally but not too formal or “corporate.” And in comfortable shoes! Morenike’s style is professional but has personality, stylish but practical (walkable shoes!).

    • june2 says...

      It’s the London influence – European cities still have dress standards as the norm, whereas the US has just given up, apparently. Where is our self pride?! maybe you can do a sabbatical in London and soak up the vibe to bring back to the US! Thanks in advance ; ) lol

    • Kate says...

      I agree completely! I love seeing the creative professionals’ style on here but seeing someone with a career I can identify with is so refreshing and I can actually take fashion tips from them.

  101. Jami-Lin says...

    LOVE her style! So approachable but classy, chic and fun.

  102. Jess says...

    love this! I am a public interest lawyer, too, so I really appreciate Morenike’s comments on dressing for court versus dressing for your clients. I’m going to check out those tights and Topshop! And I had to laugh about Morenike’s mom being ride or die for Macy’s … my mom is the same way.

  103. Rebecca V. says...

    Loooove that the last few outfit posts have been more budget friendly! As an attorney for the government, I appreciated that these looks are office appropriate for me!

  104. Emily says...

    Love these outfits!

    (Now I want to see her mom’s week of outfits!)

    • Lauren E. says...

      I second! I’ve often wanted to see a woman over 50 featured in this series.

  105. Kate says...

    This is great! Morenike, you’re just lovely! There is a practicality to your style that I really appreciate. And I really enjoyed that you talked about how your work influences your style in so many ways.

  106. Caitlyn says...

    I love this! Her outfits are so wearable! and the links go to clothes I can actually afford – <3!

  107. Jules says...

    So beautiful! My mom was career legal aid, starting back in the 80s when lawyer womens’ workwear was all shoulder-padded suits and big hair – nice to see how pretty and courtroom-appropriate styles better intersect these days.

  108. Amelia says...

    I loooooove this! So interesting to see someone in a very different (very important!) vocation and how they integrate fashion into their life and work. Collared dress is my favorite.

  109. Kathleen says...

    Love this one ! As much as I love seeing women in creative field’s weekly outfits, I work in a more professional setting, so appreciate seeing posts like this. Thanks !

  110. Janine says...

    Beautiful lady doing such important work. And the color of that last blazer really looks gorgeous on her!

  111. I think I need to buy some booties.
    Also, I could read a whole post about her job. Sounds fascinating.

    • Agreed! I wonder if she could offer some tips or advice on renting if that’s something she’d be willing to do?

  112. Meghan says...

    love it; as someone who also looks young, and also works in the social services sector, I can appreciate the importance of dressing appropriately for both of these points. My workplace is a bit more casual so I try to always wear something that makes my bosses take me seriously, but still look approachable for clients.

  113. yael steren says...

    I know how challenging it can be working as an attorney (having practiced law in the past myself)! My favorite look is the last one I would just change the shoes for a nude pump!! I would also consider tucking in her tops because she is so petite it makes her legs look shorter. xx yael
    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  114. Great style! I also like that many of her picks are budget-friendly and totally doable for busy people.

  115. Rebecca says...

    What a cool job! Great inspiring woman all around.

  116. Ms Nina G says...

    She is adorable/fantastic and so are her outfits!

  117. LOVE her style. Clean-cut but a little bit of funk. So fun.

  118. Gorgeous! And thanks for the Top Shop menswear tip! Also yep, those Heat Tech Uniqlo tights (really, Heat Tech anything) are the best.

  119. Margaret says...

    This was a great read. I loved seeing how Morenike works with having to meet the standards of her particular work setting. I really enjoyed seeing how someone who has certain professional clothing requirements makes her work clothes her own!

  120. Lexie says...

    It is so nice to see someone who is not in the fashion/design/photography world featured on CoJ! Thank you! Morenike is beautiful!

    • agreed! i often have trouble relating to people who work from home or in a creative office where anything goes. it’s great to see Morenike reconcile her sense of style with the requirements of a more traditional workplace.

  121. Cynthia says...

    I like all her outfits. They’re classy and comfortable-looking, and I especially like the dress and jacket which remind me of an outfit I had made for myself years ago and wore until it wore out. These “week of outfits” posts are so inspiring.

  122. I am such a fan of combining class and comfort! Especially when you can easily transition day to night outfits. Morenike you are gorgeous and your style is spot on! Great feature.

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  123. Caroline says...

    Morenike has beautiful style one of my favorites series on Cup of Jo.

  124. Caro says...

    Pretty lady with a nice personal style that looks professional, relaxed and classy, all at the same tine.

  125. Kat says...

    This is so great! I used to practice law too, and the fashion situation for women can be exhausting when you’re balancing how you want to look, how the client thinks you should look, how the judge thinks you should look, how little time you have, and the fact that you have to wear whatever you put on through very long days.

    Love how Morenike conveys her stylish personality here (especially that jumpsuit!), and really envy her bootie collection (can you ever really have enough?)