Rachael Bedard is a palliative care and geriatrics doctor, but although she wears a white coat to work, she loves the fashion underneath. “Clothes can be a great form of self-expression,” she says. Rachael lives with her husband and their daughter, Ophelia, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Here, she shows us what she wears to work, weddings and on weekends…
“I’ve gotten into consignment shopping on Instagram, especially for shoes. I’ve found amazing deals on Noihsaf Bazaar, like these Chloé heels. [Two other good consignment feeds: Persephone and Na Nin Vintage.] I would never otherwise be able to justify buying suede mustard heels! I’m always searching for No. 6 clogs on Instagram, too. They’re sexy and give you height, but are not uncomfortable. I wear clogs for 20 hours a day at the hospital, but I also wear them at night and on weekends. I actually wore this outfit to my oldest friend’s wedding in New Orleans.”
“I wear this dress under my doctor’s coat, with no makeup or jewelry. The white coat is a great masker — you can wear some weird stuff under there and it neutralizes everything! My job is to take care of elderly and seriously ill men and women who are incarcerated on Rikers Island. It’s emotional but incredibly gratifying to provide patient-centered medical care within the New York City jail system. I learn so much from my patients, and am still discovering how I can best be of service to them.”
“There are certain outfits you can throw on when you’re feeling your most schlumpy, and suddenly you’ll feel great. I could have my period and have eaten a whole pizza and put this jumpsuit on, and I’ll still feel elegant. I wear it twice a week. It’s easy and versatile, and you can dress it up or down. In the winter, I layer a turtleneck underneath and pair it with tights and boots.”
“In 2006, jeans were mostly that low-slung look, and they were just not right for my body. So, I gave up on them and didn’t wear them at all for eight years — from 2006 to 2014. I wore only skirts and dresses, plus tights in the winter. But, in 2014, on a whim, I tried on a pair and was like, ‘Woah, denim technology has advanced! I can wear these.’ Now, my jean philosophy is: high-waisted and a little cropped. This “Resist” tote is made by ROLEMODELS, and all proceeds go to Emily’s List. I also helped launch a community action group after the 2016 presidential election. It has been inspiring to see the swell of new energy for activism and civic engagement across the country over the past few months.”
“This outfit hits all my sweet spots: it’s weird looking but still elegant, it’s colorful, it has a point of view. But I like everything about it, but I still haven’t figured out how to finish the look. What cardigan is right with this sucker? What shoes? I don’t how to pull it off, but I’ll keep working on it until it makes sense.”
Thank you so much, Rachael!