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A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

As a communications specialist with a Manhattan law firm, Nicole Bruno is always brainstorming cool workwear. “The dress code is business-y for sure,” she says. “Yet I still want to look like myself and feel comfortable.” She has a knack for coming up with professional outfits that have small twists or fun details. Here, Nicole shares what she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

Turtleneck: Uniqlo. Pants: vintage, similar and similar. Shoes: Sigerson Morrison. Bag: Clare V. Leather belt: similar.

“I’m drawn to monochromatic dressing. It’s a simple way of making a statement. These shoes are by Sigerson Morrison, but I found them on sale at Lord & Taylor. That department store is my secret weapon, since they have great brands and huge sales all the time. Block heels are super comfortable, even on my wide feet, even running up and down subway stairs. My other two favorite stores right now are Uniqlo and Muji.”

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

Dress: Suncoo. Tights: Wolford. Boots: Frye, similar. Leather belt: similar.

“I love the print of this dress, but the cut felt very shapeless at first. I looked like a giant rectangle! So, I added a belt to give it a waist. I have a small waist but wider hips, so the straight up-and-down silhouette doesn’t work. I also try to take good care of my clothes. Multiple stain sticks are in my bag. I once spilled a full cup of coffee on a white shirt and rubbed a Tide to Go stick over my entire shirt. Everything came out.”

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

Coat: Ann Taylor. Sweater: Uniqlo, similar. Pants: Muji, similar. Oxblood heels: Everlane. Tote: Clare V. Necklace: gift, similar.

“I got reading once from one of the Astro Twins and was told that I was a man in a past life! Maybe that’s why I’m constantly combing the men’s sections for sweaters and button-downs — especially at J. Crew, Uniqlo and Muji. The fit is generally more classic. If you’re at an outlet or thrift store, head straight to the men’s section, too. The selection will be so much better than the women’s side, which gets picked over.”

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

Turtleneck: Uniqlo. Dress: Calvin Klein. Tights: Wolford. Shoes: Sigerson Morrison.

“I bought this dress for work. I love the print and shape, and the front zipper gives it a little edge. My style icon is probably Jackie O. or her sister Lee Radziwill. I love the tailored look of the 50s and 60s. Their clothes looked great, but you saw them first. I try to do that. I want people to see me first. Also, I’m always cold, so I wear Heattech layers, top and bottom, under everything, even jeans. They’re so thin and don’t add bulk. Now I want to tell everyone! Surviving the winter on the East Coast basically depends on whether you’re wearing Heattech or not.”

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

Sweater: Madewell, similar. Jeans: J. Crew. Trench: Muji. Shoes: Sam Edelman. Bag: Clare V.

“This is my ‘casual Fridays’ look. I had been obsessing over Gucci loafers, but they’re so expensive, and it was hard to find a vintage pair. Then I saw these knock-offs at Nordstrom. The quality is great — the bottom feels like wood, and the leather is really soft. And my pinkie ring was my grandmother’s wedding ring, which I had resized. I wear it every day; it’s so special to me.”

A Week of Outfits: Nicole Bruno

“I have thick dark hair, and growing up I had a unibrow during the worst part of your life to have a unibrow. A unibrow and mustache are part of every Cuban-American girl’s recurring nightmare. When I was in high school, the trend was thin brows, and I made the mistake of letting a lady wax mine pencil thin. It was horrible. I finally stopped plucking them a couple years ago, and now they’ve grown back. I fill them in with a BrowGal pencil. In the end, I just want to feel like me.”

Thank you so much, Nicole!

P.S. More women’s share their week of outfits, and six readers share what they wear to work.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Nicole’s pretty blush is the ILIA Multi-Stick in All of Me.)

  1. Rebecca says...

    I am getting a fringe cut. Now!

  2. Lea says...

    Coming back to this post with a funny update: I’m new to NY and was looking for a place to get a haircut. Like many readers, I loved Nicole’s cut, so went to visit Yasuko just today. I overheard her appointment right after me saying “Nicole Bruno is my office-mate, and she told me to come here.” Couldn’t help but chime in that’s how I heard of the place as well. Yasuko said she’d gotten so many new clients because of Nicole!

    Thought that was funny :) And I love my new cut!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so awesome, lea! and i’m SO glad you love your cut!!!

  3. Laura Filshtein says...

    I love the first outfit (all grey with black belt and shoes). Classy, feminine and flattering! Grey is one of my favorite colors to wear. It gives a unique and softer look and is a color that is flattering on so many people.

  4. Nicole’s style makes me think of an updated Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail, which is what I’m always striving for! And couldn’t agree more about Uniqlo men’s section. The sweaters are just better and cut the way women’s “boyfriend” items but in more colors.

  5. d says...

    Does she wear boots to keep herself warm in the commute, and change shoes at work? I’ve recently moved from the tropics to London where it’s freezing always, and I am wearing boots at work, but they just don’t feel professional, especially if you need to dress formal. any advice?

    • mara says...

      I think you can get away with classic black boots, especially in London.

  6. Helen says...

    Hi
    None of the muji links are working…would love to access those links.

  7. Shelly says...

    Nicole is adorbs! Hair, brows ;) and style. I too was thinking Ally Sheedy (but that’s well before her time). Ha!

  8. Alexa says...

    Great piece, per usual. Thank you! She should do a beauty uniform!

  9. This is the first time I have ever pinned any images from the “week of outfits” posts. I can see from other reader comments that we would all love more of this style. Classic with a twist. I don’t want to be a slave to trends.

  10. Esti says...

    I would love to see what she wear in the summer. Actually, I would love to have a part two for all the A Week of Outfits posts in a different season!

    • Sara says...

      Love this idea! Revisiting the same outfitters in a different season would be fun :)

  11. Audrey says...

    Absolutely love this feature—I also work in a business-casual law firm, and coming up with outfits day after day that straddle the line of corporate business attire and not looking too formal (a real worry) can get tiring. Thinking about white pants for winter now and also more non-black monochrome outfits.

  12. Sheri Hamilton says...

    Thank you for showing a professional working person!

  13. Alison says...

    love seeing a more traditional professional in this series – love her style!

  14. Emmanuella says...

    Also does she remind anyone of Jenny from Muppets Take Manhattan? Obscure reference, I know.

  15. Emmanuella says...

    Love this series. A small suggestion (if it’s not too much to ask): make it a full week 😀. It would be great to see her Saturday and Sunday clothes too. I wonder if it’s in line with the weekdays or if it totally diverges and you see a different side to her personality.

    • Bethany says...

      I second the request for weekday/weekend.

  16. Lauren says...

    This is my favorite style post so far! Would love to see her beauty uniform.

  17. Myra says...

    Very cool style. I recognize the love for menswear too :)
    I am doing a 365 day challenge of not buying any new clothes. Unless its underwear because…..I allow very moderate thrifting but only if it is something I truly need. I am not giving into the want. Obviously the year isnt very far in yet and it is so easy to get tempted. But I am sticking to my guns and standing firm 👊. I really struggle with the environmental impact of our fashion industry and our focus on buying.things.all.the.time I was really struck by a quote about cheap clothing. It is expensive to someone, whether it is the person who makes it under deplorable circumstances or the impact of its production on the environment. I really hope you will continue your focus on sustainable and fair fashion. It is such an important step. And your space here is a wonderful thing. Xo myra

  18. Finally a corporate week of outfits! Lots of the others I can work into my weekend wear but this is absolutely relatable day to day. Thank you!
    I loved the turtleneck under summer dress – will have to try that asap.
    Also can Everlane finally ship internationally?!? I am always lusting over their pieces especially the shoes.

  19. Cassie says...

    Umm, this woman is sttuuunnnnninnngggg! Absolutely love her style!

    • Heather says...

      agreed.

    • Sabrina Izaguirre says...

      agree – stunning lady!

  20. Carol F. says...

    My favorite style post, also! Such a beautiful girl and a classic look.

  21. Girl crush! Can we paleeze have a beauty uniform with her Joanna?!

    • Bethany says...

      Yes please!

    • YES!

  22. Kate says...

    I love her style! It’s amazing and it’s given me a lot of inspiration for how to elevate my own style, thanks for sharing!

  23. Jillian says...

    Her skin!!! Can you do a Beauty Uniform with her please?!

  24. Lindsay says...

    Best so far. Hands down. Pin pin pin. And i love her hair style. Ok now I’ll go back through and read it.

  25. Jane I. says...

    Eep! FINALLY work outfits that I could actually rock. I work for a huge old-money conservative corporate american company and these outfits would be so perfect.

  26. Alice says...

    Lovely. She definitely shines through all her outfits, even though they’re beautifully put together. But really, it’s all about her hair – so jealous of her hair!

    • Nina says...

      Yes! I imagine many of us Cup of Jo readers will soon have this ‘do.

  27. elizabeth jaime says...

    “A unibrow and mustache are part of every Cuban-American girl’s recurring nightmare.”

    LOL yes.

  28. Jane says...

    I want every single one of her outfits. I love how effortlessly put-together her style seems.

  29. Lauren says...

    I work at a law firm too so I love that you featured someone who has to dress for a business-y environment! Finding professional clothes that are affordable can be a challenge so I especially appreciate that all of her pieces are!

    • Kathleen says...

      Me too!

  30. Brianna says...

    What great style! I’d love to see what she wears when the weather is warmer too!

  31. rarabeck says...

    does nicole have an instagram? I’m obsessed with her style and would love to follow her daily outfits!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes but it’s private. she’s so lovely!

  32. Linda Z says...

    She is darling! I love her style and perfect hair cut.

  33. Katherine says...

    My first thought was BREAKFAST CLUB and then GIVE ME THAT GREY COAT. I absolutely agree with her tip of shopping in the men’s sections at thrift stores. I’m a seriously committed thrifted (about 90% of what I own, wardrobe and otherwise, is secondhand) and the men’s section is absolutely where I find the best stuff for me. Started looking there when shopping for my husband and quickly realized the shirts are actually long enough (I’m all torso) and sometimes you’ll find surprise lady items in there because thrift stores aren’t always super organized. If y’all need someone to advise on thrift store tips and tricks, I’m your girl.

    • sasha says...

      I mostly buy thrift for everything too, I’d love to hear more tips from you!
      I’ve never searched the men’s, can’t believe I never thought of it!

  34. Lisa says...

    Nicole is my new style icon! And I want to be her friend. What a great interview.

  35. Meg says...

    i love this one! I am also obsessed with uniqlo. in the past few months, i’ve bought 4 sweaters (three merino wool, one cotton cashmere) and all were around $20. i’ve been wearing them all season and they’ve held up beautifully (and machine wash like champions!)….now thinking uniqlo should pay me for this testimonial :-)

  36. Tiffany Lee says...

    So pretty! Love her style. And I completely agree with her about Heattech: it’s definitely my survival secret!

  37. Wow, thanks for the links to Uniqlo – never heard of them and now I want all of their workwear!

  38. Alina says...

    I came here to say that I LOVE her cut, but realized that 50 people beat me to it. Great style, great hair!

    • Allison says...

      Now Cup of Jo readers will forever recognize each other in public by our Nicole Bruno haircuts! It’ll be like a secret handshake. (I confess I also showed this post to my hairstylist yesterday and promptly got an appointment on the books.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahah love that allison :)

    • Jennifer L Vercelli says...

      Ditto, immediately thought of showing these to my hairdresser for a new cut even though I just got a haircut Monday! Love it!

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Right?! I love this whole post. Definitely my favorite of the series. PS. I am copying her hair, too!

    • Samantha Kunio says...

      Ha! I also LOVE her haircut. I have been wanting something new and I also have dark thick hair just like Nicole’s. I am going to show my stylist this photo on Tuesday!

  39. Lana says...

    I might have a new girl crush! love the style

  40. Maria says...

    She has the best style! So effortless and gorgeous. I would love to see a beauty uniform feature with Nicole, her hair and skin are just perfect!

  41. Beth says...

    I literally JUST got back from my haircut and on a whim chopped off 10-12 inches to get a slightly asymmetrical haircut to copy Nicole’s effortless beauty. GORGEOUS

    I needed this change.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s AMAZING, beth!!!! wish we could see a pic! :)

    • Christina says...

      I just booked an appointment with my hairdresser too- immediately after reading this! Trying out a perm and cut!

    • Camille says...

      Yep, appointment booked too! I was already thinking of a bob/lob but now adding the bangs :D

    • Arielle Otero says...

      OMG ME TOO!!!

  42. sara says...

    Thank you for posting a woman with a more traditional job! I am always looking for business or business-casual inspiration, and Nicole kills it!

  43. Rachael says...

    A Week of Outfits is one of my favorite features! Nicole is a timeless beauty.

    What about doing a travel edition of A Week of Outfits? I work from home, so I almost never get dressed (as much as I have tried to be inspired by Jenny Gordy, I can’t seem to overcome my addiction to leggings and sweatshirts). When I travel, though, I get super excited to plan outfits! I travel as light as possible, and it’s a fun challenge to create a mini capsule wardrobe that fits in a carry-on and still looks cute. Versatile dresses and mix-and-match pieces are a must! Sticking to two or three colors is helpful, too.

    • I concur. I travel for work from a week to three weeks at a time and it is a must to fit everything in a carry on. From business to casual outfits as well as accessories, and toiletries. It would be fun to see some ideas of others who travel how they do it.

    • amy says...

      @ Joanna Goddard Thank you for posting this link! I loved the humor of the Reductress after stumbling onto it via a random surf session but I could not for the life of me remember it’s name! Now I can subscribe.

  44. Tricia M says...

    Nicole looks so polished and professional. I adore the dress with the front zipper worn with the turtle neck! It’s really sweet that she wears her grandmother ‘s wedding ring every day too. I can sympathise with the eyebrow issue. I did something similar in my teens but sadly mine didn’t grow back too well. I always look forward to these features and find them quite inspirational as there are good tips to learn or different ways to do things.

  45. Lindsay says...

    Great, great style! Thanks for featuring.

  46. Carrie says...

    Oh my gosh I LOVE her style and am in complete awe of how beautifully she carries it off. Amazing! And like everyone else, I’m totally jealous of her super cute hair! Home run with this post!

  47. sasha says...

    My favorite week of outfits yet! Nicole’s style just suits her so wonderfully. You can tell she feels good in her own skin. I love that!

  48. Anne says...

    She is super-cool. LOVE her style.

  49. Aideen says...

    Pinned every pic!

  50. Ann says...

    Love her style! I had a unibrow until a friend called me out on it in college. I had them severely waxed too and when I look at those old pictures I always look like I have surprised expression. Now I just keep them full and tweeze. Does she get Meg Tilly often?

  51. Maria says...

    Love her style. As a physician, I also wear business-style clothes to work.

  52. Amanda says...

    I am totally getting an Audrey Tautou vibe!!! love it!

    • sasha says...

      Yes! I was trying to put my finger on who she reminded me, you nailed it.
      Her hair is just beautiful, isn’t it?

  53. lynda says...

    Now this is the outfit post I’ve been waiting for- or should I say that I can most relate to. Classic- tailored-simple but with personality and femininity- with a dash of dude! My kinda dressing!

  54. CN says...

    Great inspiration! Definitely need her insight on hair, skin and make up care.

  55. Kirsten says...

    This girl’s style is on point.

    I’m feeling so drab in my wardrobe lately, with me being postpartum and it being winter. Major inspiration to revamp things a bit here! Also, adore her hair!

  56. Ellie says...

    Would LOVE to see a beauty uniform with her. Her hair is so gorgeous!

    • Amy says...

      Yes! Agree!

  57. Meagan Binkley says...

    I LOVE this series so so so much! Between this and the Beauty Uniform, I check Cup of Jo all the time. I love reading about and seeing how different women (all beautiful and unique) care for themselves and how they’ve learned who they are and how to express that through style. So fun, helpful and inspiring!

  58. Absolutely love her style! She reminds me of Audrey Tautou.

  59. Marie-Eve says...

    I love love love everything about her style! I wish I was that stylish!! I am very inspired to take my style to the next level!

  60. Cynthia says...

    She looks amazing! Love seeing outfit ideas from women who have to adhere to the more standard and strict dress code of “real jobs”- e.g- a corporate 9-5, doctor, lawyer, BA, etc. As someone who also has to wear business and business casual clothes for work it can be frustrating to always see outfit ides from people who can work from home or work in a new creative field.

    • Diana says...

      I know you probably didn’t mean it this way, but even with quote signs, calling those jobs “real jobs” feels a bit dismissive to those of us who have made different career choices. After all, running Cup of Jo doesn’t fall under this definition of “real job”. As someone who grew up in a family where acceptable careers were defined in a very limited way (doctor, finance, engineering, that’s it), it took me a while to break free of that thinking and have the courage to pursue a more creative career. Maybe next time, you could just say “office/corporate/traditional” jobs instead?

      Back to the clothes, I do agree that Nicole looks amazing! I love seeing some examples of how to look classic, but not stuffy. It helps that she is adorable. She reminds me of Cristin Milioti from Fargo/Black Mirror.

    • Maria says...

      Hear hear, Diana!

    • Cynthia says...

      Definitely didn’t mean to trivialize the nontraditional/emerging career fields! Will heed your advice on wording.

  61. All of these outfits are getting pinned to my “Clothes That Make Me Happy” board. I love her style and it’s basically mine, if only I got out of yoga pants more often. (The dilemma of working from home and having to make sure I exercise every day!) I love her timeless style and philosophy of wanting people to see her first and to be herself, not wearing clothes that wear her.

  62. Elle says...

    thank you so much for featuring someone who has to dress for a professional environment — more of that please!!

  63. Cynthia says...

    I like all the outfits! It’s so sweet she resized her grandmother’s wedding band. I have my grandmother’s wedding band, and I wear it sometimes.

  64. Chelsea says...

    I love her style – so classic and chic! I’m gathering a lot of inspiration from her looks – I have a lot of similar items and now have new ways to wear them!

  65. Anne says...

    This is so cool. She looks very timeless, like she could be from the 50s or the 80s or today

  66. Alyssa says...

    This is by far my favorite Week of Outfits. I don’t have to be very dressy at work, but love how she layered items. She just looks so sweet and nice, like I’d want to be her best friend. (And also take her along shopping!)

    Agreeing with everyone on wanting to see a Beauty Uniform for her! :)

  67. Stephanie says...

    Best line ever “in the end I just want to feel like me.”

    • sasha says...

      Agree.

  68. Emily says...

    Does anyone have any cheaper alternative to the Sigerson Morrison chunky block heel?

  69. MB says...

    I also tend to lean towards classic style and every now and then wonder if I should embrace trends more, but for me she reinforces that classic is so chic! And it’s very refreshing to see where she shops – didn’t know you could achieve such a look from those stores/on a budget. Also love her hair and what lovely skin!

  70. laura says...

    Best. One. Yet.

  71. Alice says...

    Is it just me who thinks she looks so much like Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary, Downton Abbey)?! She’s so beautiful and I love her style- and it’s also amazing to hear from someone in a a more corporate setting!! Love the diversity you strive for, Joanna!

    • Rebecca says...

      I also thought she looks just like Michelle Dockery! Love finally getting to see some business-appropriate outfits – thanks Joanna.

  72. Meg says...

    so freaking pretty

  73. Laura C. says...

    Oh my God, Nicole, I can relate… everything, body type, hair (HAIR!!), clothing taste… this is by far my favourite Week of Outfits!! I could wear every look, in fact I have already, I have a very similar dress and I love monochromatic style!
    “monochromatic dressing: It’s a simple way of making a statement”—> YESSSSS!
    Thanks Joanna, and I hope you’ll feature Nicole for a beauty uniform too!

  74. AJ says...

    Love all these outfits Nicole! Great style. And your haircut! I was a man in my past life too – and I’m the same – always drawn to styling with a ‘masculine’ edge!! I think it works really well when you have a (so-called) ‘womanly’ shape (I say so-called because obviously whatever your shape as a woman you are womanly!!), but with hips and boobs and a generous butt like I have, I like how mixing your tailoring and details can give an interesting/comfortable balance. Clothes should make us feel good after all!

  75. Love her sense of style, but even more than that I love her hair! It’s exactly how I want my hair :)

    (Of course, I see in the comments that her stylist is in NYC — a bit too far of a trek for me!)

  76. Kerry says...

    Hi Jo! I really love her style and the fact that she is styling them with brands that don’t cost a fortune. I love her choice of bags too, which made think I would love for you to include “what-is-in-your-bag” in these Week of Outfits articles – just an idea :) Look forward to more in these series :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a fun idea!

    • Carrie says...

      Yes!!!! I love knowing what’s in other people’s bags hehe

    • Oh yes. Always fun.

  77. Jasna says...

    Timeless beauty! She is so chic and cute and beautiful! Love her style!

  78. Chiara says...

    She is very very nice! I love her style and, as a lawyer and so sharing her same working environment, I agree with her vision to keep it professional but personal.

  79. I love her comment that she wants people to see HER before they see her clothes … even though her clothes are such an embodiment of who she is – a modern, confident, stylish woman who can rock a great pair of shoes!! Those Gucci wannabes (would Sam Edleman agree?!) are seriously covetable. Brava!

  80. Quinn says...

    I LOVE these! Such great style and these are outfits that I could also wear to work. (As much as I love this series of posts, often the outfits are much more casual than I could get away in my office.) And how great is her hair!!? I actually would have guessed her style icon to be Meg Ryan – that’s who she reminds me of. :) (Meg in You’ve Got Mail or French Kiss)

  81. Best so far. A sensibly-made girl who knows what she likes, why she likes it and looks comfortable and happy.

  82. what a perfect thing!

  83. Nina says...

    Ooh I love how all of these outfits look easy and comfortable while also being work appropriate! Style goals :)

  84. Greta says...

    Love this! I work with kids all day wearing jeans but I love the idea of the monochromatic look. I have never thought to try that. She is so stylish and inspiring. Thanks for featuring such a variety of people in your blog!

  85. Mina says...

    Love Love Love this post. Such a gorgeous, easy Classic style. And now I want to get bangs…

    • sasha says...

      Same! Bangs are so tempting when you see how well they look on Nicole.

  86. Meg says...

    I love her style!

    I also love, love, love how you’re looking at daily outfits from women outside of blogging, interior design, social media, PR etc.

    I’m a women in a corporate STEM environment where dress is relatively business conservative. It’s so good to start seeing inspiration that I can use!

  87. Heather says...

    Love her style! And totally hitting up the men’s section next time I go shopping…

  88. Sarah W says...

    You have great hair! And I’m definitely getting those Sam Edelman loafers.

  89. Jenn says...

    This is my favourite Week of Outfits yet. I love simple and clean looks, and she somehow makes each outfit so cute and yet professional!

  90. amanda june says...

    so classy! love this one.

  91. gemma says...

    omg she’s so chic. love these outfits.

  92. Erin says...

    Nicole could be my spirit animal with her monochromatic outfits, carefully curated Everlane, J.Crew and Ann Taylor pieces, her cute-and-classic shoes and that timeless Jackie O style. So appreciative of her tip on the Edelman loafers (been on the hunt for vintage Gucci myself) – I ordered them!

  93. Sarah says...

    I love her style! I love your outfit posts and get so much inspiration and learn about new brands. I really want to see a post from someone who has to wear full suits to work everyday because stylish and body friendly suits are so hard to find. One of my go to sexist anecdotes is how at Nordstroms they have an entire mens suiting department and ONE womens suit that would work for a professional work environment.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good idea, sarah! on it!!! :) :) :)

  94. prema says...

    Love this. Wish there was more of the affordable business-y outfits ideas. Thanks for all the wonderful articles Joanna.

  95. SanDee says...

    More, more, more! How about a beauty uniform with Nicole? She is awesome. I ordered both the black block heels (on sale!) and the knockoff Gucci loafers. I was encourage because I, too, have wide feet and she says they’re comfortable. Are we, in these oh, so turbulent times, allowed to say that a woman is so dang CUTE?? Because Nicole looks like she would brighten a room by walking in,

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she really does brighten a room! she used to work at the clare v store on the same block as our office (hence all her clare v bags, which she got with the employee allowance:) and she was SO warm and friendly. i used to stop in there all the time just to say hi!

    • Heather says...

      I was wondering about the bags. I am impressed with any woman who switches up bags from one day to the next. I would definitely lose something if I tried to switch my bag every day. Also, lots of investment pieces!

  96. Natalie says...

    She slays! I want her hair now too. Those bangs!

    • Veronika says...

      Ahhh, me too!

  97. Lily says...

    Beautiful person, inside and out!

  98. Becca says...

    Omg I’m Cuban American and totally had (have?!?) the moustache and unibrow tooooo! Such a struggle in middle school haha. Love her vibe and such classy style!!

  99. Kate says...

    Love this. Given me lots of inspiration!

  100. Elle says...

    I would love to see a full-on winter version of a week in outfits! -37 here and yet I still have to look professional for work… I have no outfit ideas!

    • wendy says...

      I completely agree Elle ! We have a long and very cold winter here too ( -30 yesterday ) and dressing professional is so challenging! I would love winter ideas that aren’t all big bulky sweaters and pants – how to transition from outside to indoors! ( fleece tights are amazing I will say! ).

    • Melanie says...

      YES! I’m in MN and it is cold cold cold. Winter outfits can get tricky as it’s sooooo much layering! I love the inspo in these posts!

    • Katie says...

      I second this! I’ve struggled to find a professional winter coat, too. One that is truly warm and/or could be layered over my lighter down jacket. I just have a lighter wool coat, but it’s really only warm enough for late fall and early spring.

  101. Christine Hart says...

    This is my favorite Week of Outfits yet!! Very nice.

    • Erika says...

      Agreed!

    • Mina says...

      Yes!

    • Melanie says...

      Me too! It actually feels super relatable. I’m in MN and no one is over the top fashion-y and I feel like I could actually wear ALL of these outfits (and have similar things in my closet already) and not get side-eye looks for being too creative.

  102. LOVE her style- it is definitely the interview that most resonates with how I personally want to dress, but, even beyond personal preferences I also find that it is a style is really flexible. It would work in a business/lawyer’s office setting, obviously, but also a teacher at any grade, a small business or writer could rock it or even just a stay at home/work from home parent.

    • Mina says...

      Yes!! My background is in law and business and I feel most comfortable with that type of dress code, but now I am a freelance copywriter and am supposed to look like the creative. So I just wear black 😉. But i agree that her look could work in so many professions and just looks so chic and effortless but also really comfortable. Love it!

  103. christina says...

    So inspired! I love her style and it’s perfect for the public sector, where I work. Biz caz win! And I can afford pretty much everything too.

  104. Jenn says...

    Love this lady’s style. So classic and effortless looking.

  105. Mallory says...

    I’m a lawyer working as a staff attorney for the federal court system. I find it incredibly difficult to not look like a bank employee wearing a uniform. I wear a J. Crew suit with a tippi sweater under it every single day. I love the monochromatic look! What effortless style! Beautiful!

    • sasha says...

      What’s a tippi sweater? Sounds fun!?

    • Taylor says...

      Sasha, it’s a line of sweaters from J.Crew!

  106. Meghan says...

    I’m struck at how comfortable she seems in her body and beauty. That’s truly beautiful!

  107. dana says...

    Can anyone comment on the fit and quality of clothing from Muji? Thanks! =)

    • Callie says...

      It’s really well made! Much nicer quality than Uniqlo and chicer. European and Asian stores have a lot more than the US does. I am an 8 and I wear a medium there so I would say it’s true to size?!

    • dana says...

      Thanks Callie. =)

  108. KT says...

    HAIRCUT. So good.

    • ks says...

      I immediately was like hello hair inspiration. I want a skin / beauty post by her too- anyone else agree??

    • Annabelle says...

      Seriously, I want to know who she sees!

    • Susan says...

      Oh my gosh me too!! Joanna can we get any info on where she gets her hair cut please!! So chic!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!! i put this earlier on in the comments, but will repaste here for anyone who is curious about her gorgeous hair! :) nicole told me this during our phone interview:

      “I LOVE the stylist who cuts my hair. hair is worth spending money on if you find someone who understand your particular hair. She gives me a cut, where I can sleep on it wet and wake up and it looks good. Her name is Yasuko at a place in the West Village called Shair. She’s super nice.” http://www.shair.nyc/staff-1/

    • Virginie says...

      I was thinking exactly the same ! Hair is perfect ! Makes me wanna rush to the hair dresser…(minus the thick healthy hair ?! Mmhhh …. not sure it would look that great!)
      Also, love the outfits .

    • Col says...

      Right? Makes me want to go back to wearing bangs!

  109. BLG says...

    Terrific looks!
    Original, stylish and comfortable. The haircut is just right as well.

  110. Rachel says...

    I love all of these outfits! And what she said about wanting to be seen before her clothes. She definitely shines.

  111. Lauren says...

    Dude. Girl crush. Major.

    • Erica says...

      Me too! 😍

    • Lily says...

      Same!!

  112. The power of a great coat! That Ann Taylor one is lovely and suits her beautifully. Plus the light grey is good all year, even in spring when you wish it would warm up and it just won’t!

    And yes! to the reader who mentioned Ally Sheedy. What a good call.

  113. Gina says...

    Love her look!!
    As a Cuban American, I too, can relate to the
    uni brow and mustache comment. I have let
    my brows go since my sister got a hold of me in jr, high and
    made me look horrid.
    No more plucking!

  114. Em says...

    god damn it. I just grew my hair and out and now I want to chop it off again. i love her look!

    • LOR says...

      I feel the same way. I finally got my hair to shoulder length and seeing her hair makes me want to cut it all off again. Decisions, decisions.

  115. Bianca says...

    Love her style!! I can easily adapt this for my work environment! She’s gorgeous too!

  116. Okay I am in love with all of Nicole’s outfits. I think I have to copy them ALL! Her hair is also soooo amazing!! You go, girl.

  117. Nicole is beautiful and her outfits look so elegant, yet relaxed. I have wide size 10 feet and have also been eyeing those Sam Edelman loafers. Are they comfortable?

  118. Sarah says...

    OBSESSED and I echo the requests for a beauty uniform!

  119. Suzie says...

    So effortless and classic! She definitely won’t look back on these pictures and regret her style! Beautiful wardrobe.

  120. Courtney says...

    Thanks for this post– I have never related to someone more! The brows, the waist-to-hip ratio, the need for stain sticks on hand at all times– is Nicole me??

    But seriously, sometimes I get into the habit of seeing myself as clumsy, awkward, and not that poised but when I see Nicole’s sterling sense of style and confidence, it reminds me that I have more grace and beauty than I think. Nicole is so stunning and clever; I think I have a new role model!

  121. Jillian says...

    Nicole’s hair is almost identical to mine – cut, texture, and colour. I sometimes worry I’m out of style because I rarely see anyone with a hairstyle like mine, but I’m delighted to see this and think, yeah, I really do like my hair! However, I see she has it pulled back in a few photos – I’d be curious to see know what she’s using to do that. Is it twisted in a clip? It may sound silly but I’ve never mastered pulling this length back/up.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      I wondered the same thing and would love to know how she did that.

  122. Nicole Brant says...

    Love! Beauty Uniform next please. Especially appreciate the tip about thrifting in the men’s section. Genius!

  123. Meems says...

    U.N.I.G.L.O.
    Heattech is a household staple for me and my husband. It was the only thing he asked for this Christmas. “More Heattech”
    This store is my secret source for all “staple” pieces in my wardrobe (including pajama bottoms). Stylish. Dress Up/Down. Always get compliments.

  124. Claire says...

    She looks great- classy, with personality. I love all of the pieces, but especially the dresses and shoes. I also like the suggestion to shop the men’s department. (I also have smallish waist and wider hips, and I’m about to start shopping thrift stores for men’s pants that I can have altered.) And her haircut is fabulous!

    • Nicole Brant says...

      Ha! I was thinking the same thing! Taking this to my stylist.

  125. Anne says...

    HAIR!!!!

  126. Lorena says...

    I love her style and the tip of going to the men’s section for sweaters and button down shirts. I will be checking this out the next time I shop!

  127. Liz says...

    Yes, a not boring but office friendly wardrobe that kicks butt! She seems like a lovely person too! 💜

  128. Emily says...

    She is so beautiful!!!! Wow and her style too. The perfect outfits that are appropriate for work but with style. I would love to see more traditional work appropriate outfits like this.

  129. Julie says...

    She reminds me so much of an 80s Ally Sheedy. Love this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, good call, julie!

    • Danielle says...

      I was thinking the same! I love her hair!

  130. Lynn says...

    Would love to see a beauty uniform article on her! Love her classic style and her overall clean look!

    • Lulu E says...

      2nd!!

    • Laura says...

      3rd!!! :)

  131. M says...

    Love to see a business look featured! She has incredible style (and hair!)

  132. Laura says...

    The menswear trend is only really available to women with this body type- but I will admire it from afar!

    • Milou says...

      I agree! I go shopping with my husband and love everything so much better!

  133. Emmie says...

    Yes, finally a fellow lawyer, you go girl.

  134. Hannah says...

    Honestly just clicked every single link in this story! Beautiful style. Beautiful person.

  135. Heather says...

    I love how Nicole’s style is super comfy looking, yet polished. More importantly she looks so completely comfortable in her own skin! Thanks COJ and Nicole for sharing – I’ve definitely picked up some outfit inspo from this post.

  136. Paige says...

    I LOVE her haircut! Can she share more details on how she gets it cut? Products?? It’s seriously amazing! She’s gorgeous too which I’m sure helps haha.

  137. TjP says...

    She is beautiful in that comforting ‘everything will be better when I tell her’ about it friend way.

  138. Lana says...

    Her style is the one I most identify with since you’ve been doing this.
    Each piece is lovely and timeless. Bravo!

  139. maggie says...

    This has to be my favorite outfit post yet, love her style! Also, she looks so dang FAMILIAR. I live in CA so I doubt we’ve crossed paths…it’s going to drive me crazy all afternoon!

    • SanDee says...

      Ally Sheedy back in her Brat Pack days? That’s who she reminds me of!

  140. Lisa says...

    Her hair is great! Also love all these outfit ideas for my own law firm dressing

  141. Christina says...

    Love this week of style, but love this week of HAIR even more!

    Please share any and all hair secrets with us! Does your hair naturally have that texture? It looks perfectly wavy and undone in every picture. Truly amazing.

  142. Lea says...

    Will be copying every single one of her outfits to wear at the law firm I work at!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree! i looooove her style and want her to come revamp my wardrobe :) she’s so good with shapes/silhouettes!

  143. Kat says...

    She is gorg! Her style is so great & practical, but her hair – LOVE!

    • Rae says...

      Agreed!

  144. Faith says...

    I love her style!

  145. love her style, but love her hair and makeup even more. would love to see a beauty uniform from nicole!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I will ask her! Regarding her hair, she told me this during our interview:

      “I LOVE the stylist who cuts my hair. hair is worth spending money on if you find someone who understand your particular hair. She gives me a cut, where I can sleep on it wet and wake up and it looks good. Her name is Yasuko at a place in the West Village called Shair. She’s super nice.” http://www.shair.nyc/staff-1/