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A Week of Outfits: Yen Ha

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Architect Yen Ha lives in Manhattan with her husband and two kids. “When I first started my career, I’d wear serious black clothes,” she says. “Now, maybe because I’ve been practicing for 18 years, I don’t have the energy to waste thinking about what someone might perceive based on how I dress. I just wear what I want.” Here, the wonderful Yen shares her five go-to outfits…

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Jacket: Uniqlo. Sweater: Steven Alan, similar. Pants: Apiece Apart. Scarf: Block Shop. Lipstick: MAC Polished Up.

“I wear this jacket constantly. Uniqlo makes great puffers every year, and I was happy to find this one. There was a New York Times article, where I talked about what it feels to be a woman in a male-dominated industry. I walk into job meetings, and no one takes me seriously. Or if I’m with a man, they’ll talk only to him. It’s very hard for women to confront that all the time. But I believe that if you know what you’re doing, that will prevail. You just keep going. The good thing is, there has been a lot of attention on women’s issues this year.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Dress: Dôen. Shirt: vintage Vain and Vapid, similar. Sneakers: Nike Cortez. Lipstick: MAC Dark Side.

“When I show up, my friends often laugh and say, wow, only you would put that together! I like to wear stripes and checks; or I’ll pair argyle socks with a floral dress. You want to find the right balance — the prints should be in the same family, like cousins.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Shirt: COS, similar. Sweater: similar. Skirt: Muji. Shoes: No. 6. Lipstick: Mac Dark Side.

“I’ve been teaching in Missouri this semester. I’m on a plane twice a week, so I want to be comfy, but I also have to look like a professor! I love this Muji skirt. I actually didn’t know it had a bell shape until I got home. Then I was like, surprise, it’s a cloud! Half of my college class is female students, and they killed it this semester. I encourage them to state their ideas with authority. I didn’t have many role models growing up — there weren’t a lot of female Asian architects, so I think the more visible I am, the better.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Star earrings: Jennifer Meyer.

“One afternoon, I went into Sephora and said, ‘I need a dark lipstick for evening, a daytime color that looks like my lips, and something in between.’ Now I use those three lipsticks on rotation and really love them. It makes things easy.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Shirt: COS, similar. Pants: Theory, similar. Purse: Baggu. Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens. Socks: Uniqlo. Scarf: Helen Dealtry.

“I belong to a Facebook group of women nearing 50. We talk about menopause a lot, and they’re all like No. More. Thong. Underwear. I’ve been wearing Gap hipster briefs for 20 years. They’re cotton and don’t ride up. I’m also using my daughter’s necklace as a bracelet. My son doesn’t care about clothes, but my nine-year-old daughter loves wearing suits when friends come for dinner. She borrows her brothers’ old ones, and she asks me to buy her ties. She’s way cooler than I’ll ever be.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

“This Baggu bag doesn’t have a zipper, so I can cram it with stuff, including my iPad and planner.”

Yen Ha Week of Outfits

Shirt: COS, similar. Dress: handmade by Yen. Bag: Ceri Hoover, similar. Lipstick: MAC Polished Up.

“I love pairing socks with clogs! I started a couple years ago on those days that were too cold for sandals. The socks add a little personality — it reminds me of Japanese girls who wear socks. My clogs are so comfortable; I can walk for miles. It took a month to get used to walking on a block of wood, but when you do, it’s really fun. I have flat feet, and these don’t hurt my arches. Overall in life, I just want to be comfortable.”

Thank you so much, Yen! Here’s her home tour, too, if you’d like to see.

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including workwear ideas and tips for finding great plus-size pieces.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Jasmine says...

    She’s the type of woman who exuberates joy in her face and clothes! She’s the best friend we all need!

  2. Jenna says...

    That hair cut! I love it!

  3. I love her style! I’m seriously considering the cute sock clog thing. :D

  4. Umni says...

    So I actually saw Yen on the street yesterday and recognized her instantly because she was wearing multiple things seen here! Such amazing style.

  5. MarlaD says...

    Yen is just lovely and oh la la, her shoes! I am just a bit older than Yen and set out to be an architect – after two years in Architecture school I had to admit I’d never make it and became a Civil Engineer instead. Architecture is a competitive world and I admire female architects so much! Yen looks happy, at ease and her creativity is clear!

  6. Adriana says...

    “I think the more visible I am, the better.” I loved this quote so much, and I think I try to embody this when I get dressed every day. I don’t shy away from wearing what I feel like wearing, and I’m not afraid of being more or less dressed up than the people around me. It’s not about the clothes per se, my style is pretty traditional, for me it’s about being deliberate in what I wear and how I style it. It’s my way of standing out, making my presence felt, being seen.

  7. Amanda says...

    What a bright spirit! I love her style and her vibe. Reminds me a bit of Sharon Horgan’s wardrobe on Catastrophe, which I have always envied. It’s so individual and expressive. Also word to her clogs!!

  8. I love love that she wears socks! My feet are always cold but it seems like most trends endanger the comfort of my little toes! I just wish I could pull this off as classy as she does.

  9. Anne says...

    I loved reading about how you switched from a formal, black wardrobe to such a fun and colorful one. I find myself going through the same transition now, and you are so inspiring! When I started working, I was one of a handful of women in an otherwise all male office, and our clients were also predominantly men. I was a young woman in my 20s and wanted to be taken seriously so I bought the requisite black, navy, and grey pantsuits. I remember thinking I could never wear a skirt if I wanted a seat at the table. Now, I think the culture is changing and women – especially younger women! – aren’t afraid to show their colors. It’s so exciting! I return to work on Monday after a year of maternity leave, and to distract from the pain of leaving my baby boy, I’m buying a bunch of new work clothes. The thing is, every piece I’ve purchased is FUN. They’re colorful or the cut is unusual, and I’m so excited to finally dress in a way that makes me feel happy.

    P.s. Cupofjo, did you see the op ed by Katherine Goldstein in the New York Times about working mothers? So refreshing! I love that the research shows that we are smart and capable and every bit as committed (if not more so) as our colleagues.

    • sasha says...

      I just read it, wow, thank you for recommendation. So disheartening that women are punished for being mothers, that we still have so far to go. #momstoo

  10. oh. my. I love her style so much. thanks for sharing. always looking for the push of encouragement to wear socks with clogs. she’s pulling it off great!

  11. Maryann says...

    Yen has great style, and as I’m in the same age range, I can totally relate to so much of what she says. But my favorite part of this interview is her amazing handmade dress at the end. I love to sew clothes for myself and family, and while I’m pretty shy about publicly sharing that fact in person, I really appreciate it when other’s who sew do share what they make. It’s so fun to see!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! she told me that she sews at night while her husband watches a show. she’ll just listen to the show while she sews. so cute, right? :)

  12. SN says...

    What an awesome, inspiring woman.

  13. Ro says...

    Yesss to being comfortable. I gave up thongs a few years ago, while still in my 20s. I remember having this moment like, “Who cares if someone can see a slight line on my butt?” It wasn’t worth having fabric up in my bits all day, just for fashion’s sake.

    Around the same time, I stopped caring about my underwear being sexy. I just don’t have time for itchiness, which in my opinion goes hand-in-hand with stringy things and lace. Today, I’m the proud owner of a very boring but very comfy underwear collection. Give me a six pack of black bikinis off Amazon any day.

  14. Kelly says...

    want to know more about their discussions about menopause! I’m 46 and quite shocked to realize that this is about to become a thing in my life.

  15. Yvonne says...

    I just love her bookcase! Her outfits are lovely. I would love to know the name of the Facebook group that she belongs to. It sounds so interesting!

  16. Anna says...

    It’s wonderful reading about such a smart, strong and stylishly woman, with a fantastic dash of quirk! She is SO cool!.

    Can I also say that I love that she has so many books in her apartment… and the rainbow bookcase!!! It’s beautiful!!!

  17. This series is my favorite and I always save it to read in the early morning, when I get up before anyone else (so…5:30ish) to enjoy a cup of tea and read and start the day in quiet. This post totally made my morning. I love the personality that leaps off the page with her photos. Though, as much as I loved this, I do want to see her daughter’s suits now too!

    PS Wouldn’t Terry Gross be a fascinating candidate for a post like this or your beauty uniform or something? Or Skye Alpene.

    • Yes, Skye! I am always amazed at her style on IG. And Terry Gross would be fascinating for any article.

  18. Ashley says...

    Thank you for sharing! Yen, I love your look and your confidence. You are gorgeous!

    I have always loved fashion and also have a colorful and somewhat quirky sense of style. I’ve experienced feelings of self-consciousness about this as a female architect in a predominantly male firm (and industry) and have almost daily dilemmas over how neutral or masculine/feminine my clothing choices should be. I feel a tension between who I am and what I feel like I need to project to be taken seriously. BUT, I also am aware that there is only so much I can do as an individual to change the way I am initially perceived in this industry. The New York Times article rings true for me in a big way. Especially as an “intern architect.” This is a problematic title given to those who are not yet licensed. It frequently undermines the 7+ years of higher education and 6 years of experience I have. I’m working on getting licensed, but female architects (or architects-in-training) need no additional obstacles to establishing their authority as professionals.

  19. Debs says...

    Of all the posts in this series, there is something to warm and inviting about Yen. She just looks totally approachable. x

  20. Niamh NicGhabhann says...

    Just bought that Baggu bag! Love the way that it has weathered beautifully! Beautiful style!

  21. Kristín says...

    Yes! This was great, love how comfortable she is, that’s the best style!

  22. Ilona says...

    Think this is my fave Week of Outfits so far. Love her unique style. That Doen dress is heart-stoppingly beautiful! I’m guessing it’s from a past season as I can’t see it on their site. More like this please!

  23. mahe says...

    She looks great! Playful but professional – something I think is so hard to achieve. Love her haircut as well!
    And thank you for including the lipsticks into the description :)

  24. Nina says...

    Love the shirt-dress combos :)

  25. Laura says...

    Can I please be Yen when I grow up? Thank you for featuring a woman of style and substance.

    • Emily says...

      Yes to this! Yen’s profile has been my favorite week of outfits that COJ has done yet!

  26. Luna says...

    The term “infectious smile” comes to life with the 3rd photo. I can’t stop smiling when I see smiles like these. Then there’s her style, “the more visible I am, the better”. Love this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree! such an infectious smile. :)

    • It’s because you guys were cracking me up! :)

  27. Judit says...

    Yen is amazing! I love seeing people wear swedish hasbeens with socks, but I do agree, it takes some time to get used to walking in them. I have recently bought a pair of clogs, and I hasn’t completely figured out, would really apreciate some advice!

    • Keep walking in them! It takes a while to get used to walking on essentially blocks of wood, but after while you’ll get it.

  28. Thuy says...

    I am adding to the “scarf tutorial please” gang!!

    Fave one of this series so far.

  29. Heather says...

    What a breathe of fresh air and a true role model she is! Slightly embarrassed to ask this but how can I get invited to join the FB group? I’m about to be 48 and 100% need a support group. Most of my friends are younger and aren’t experiencing what “interesting changes” I am going through and my husband certainly doesn’t want to discuss them in detail as he is living with the reality of them and that’s plenty!

    • Cindy says...

      Heather I want to be a part of that group too! Just turned 50 and it’s so hard to find anyone near me that is close to my age! I would so love and appreciate a support group of women around my age, going through the things that I am.

    • A says...

      I was thinking the same thing!! I have started going through these changes and to have a place to go and talk about it would be awesome!!

    • Lisa says...

      I want to join the group too if it is open! I am turning 48 this month and there are a lot of changes going on in my body! Love Yen’s style, haircut and smile.

  30. Jen says...

    Love this! A beautiful person inside and out.

  31. Abigail says...

    This is the best thing I’ve read all day.

  32. Susan says...

    I just love her style. Can you tell us about her fabulous shoes in photos 1, 2 and 4?

  33. EllaY says...

    Wait… there are women who still wear thongs after high school? Eek! So glad to have left those behind!

  34. Anna says...

    Can we have a post about shoes that are comfortable (and maybe even look good) for flat feet? Fellow pes planus-er here.

  35. She exudes so much joy in the first photo that I smiled in response! Thank you for sharing.

  36. Elizabeth says...

    Ummm she’s way cooler than I’ll ever be! I love her style, smile, and confidence.

  37. Fanny says...

    What I like best: the way she wears scarves!
    Do you have a tutorial on how to wear a scarf?
    I never know how to do it:(

  38. Yen was remarkable in her quiet self-assuredness. It was sooo wonderful to be around that energy. She seems to have a great relationship with herself, without ego or cockiness. And her style! Looooooveeee.

  39. FWIW, I don’t think those are Nike Cortez … they look like Pre-Montreals to me. Note the turned up front.

    • You’re right!!! I thought they were the Nike Cortez, I’ve had them forever and only recently rediscovered them. Pre-Montreals! Nice eye!

  40. Nadine Hughey says...

    Love that pink jacket & the printed dresses, always enjoy these posts. Oh -I’m a black undies person, too!

  41. amy says...

    She’s really awesome, but her style is channeling homeschool mom from the 1990s on some days.

  42. Joy says...

    I love all her dressing and life philosophies here, from being comfortable to mixing patterns!

  43. She has great style. Won’t you please please please tell us more about this mysterious “planner” her bag holds so well? Is it instead of a phone?? I’m so curious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her! :)

    • As a person who is a little bitobsessed with paper and planners, I must tell you that Mochi Things has a TON of adorable functional planners!

  44. Fiona says...

    She’s probably the person who I least align with regarding clothing you’ve picked in a while, but her words make her someone I want to emulate in every single way! “There aren’t a lot of role models for these women to look up to, the more visible I am the better” just KILLED ME! What an incredible woman! What a beautiful way to celebrate what you can help others become, just by being completely, unappologetically YOU! Yen, you are a treasure!

  45. j says...

    love her style. dang.

  46. Susie says...

    Sorry for scream-typing, but: I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. It’s great fun to see real women dressing in their natural environments.

  47. Angela says...

    I just love her! Y’all pick the most inspiring women to feature.

  48. Shelley says...

    Very much loved everything she said.

  49. Claire says...

    She looks fabulous and seems like such a smart, fun, interesting person. my favorite parts: “You just keep going.” and “Overall in life, I just want to be comfortable.” Isn’t that what it so often comes down to? I stand in solidarity with her women’s FB group, and endorse their noble quest for comfortable underwear and happy bottoms. I also love her shoe/ sock game, the layers and the happy pattern cousins. I seem to have somehow developed an affinity for forest green accessories, so that bag caught my eye and I think it is pretty gorgeous.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i thought it was a mansur gavriel bag when i first saw it — the color is so beautiful!

    • Claire says...

      Coincidentally, I have had my eye on the blue striped giant tote bag from Baggu because I need a new swim bag and thought it looked perfect. I didn’t even get around to looking at the purses ( some of them are on sale too!).

    • Claire says...

      I need a new pool/swim bag and have had my eye on Baggu’s giant blue and white tote. I never even looked at the other stuff and now I see they have a great selection and sale prices too.

  50. Denise says...

    I love the first pic where Yen flips her hands up and owns NY in her hot pink puff jacket. Great image. And I agree with comfort and pleasing yourself before the perceptions of others. She’s an inspiration.

  51. Amy says...

    Love the three lipsticks…really any way to keep looking good while keeping it simple is fantastic! I went into Sephora lately as well (as someone who is not really into makeup at all) and they were super helpful in finding a concealer that wouldn’t irritate my eyes. So worth the cost to find something that *just works* so I can stick with it instead of trying all sorts of products!

    • gfy says...

      Yes! I love relying on the experts! It always ends up being empowering for both of us.

    • Suzanne says...

      Yes – was just thinking that was such a great idea! About to head to Sephora and do the same. Normally I just wander around a little overwhelmed, but love the specific ask about the lipsticks. Genius!

  52. This is my favorite in the Week of Outfits series. This woman’s personality and style are truly unique. LOVE this!

  53. Darcy says...

    That’s great that she doesn’t wear black any more because she doesn’t like black.

    But for truth…she hasn’t stopped thinking about what someone might perceive based on how she dresses. For example here she’s probably thinking “I’ll show everyone that I’m my own woman! I’m authentic and free!” And she is! But she’s thinking about it, too.

    If she’s 100% honest, she is also still thinking about how people perceive her. Not wrong, just human nature. Simple as that.

    • Darcy says...

      similar to the great line Linda says in “Singles,” c. 1992.

      “I think that, (a) you have an act, and that, (b) not having an act is your act.”

      We all have acts and it’s fine! :)

    • Alex says...

      This is exactly my situation. I try to dress just for myself, and yet at the same time I’ m not sure if I’m not actually trying to tell everybody that I don’t care about their opinion! Uf, so tricky… :)

    • Adriana says...

      I think the difference is also, shying away from things because of how they are perceived versus embracing them for the statement they make. Wearing black was somewhat passive while embracing color is a much more “active”, conscious decision.

    • Cait says...

      I think there can still be a difference though, not that it’s wrong either way! As a teen I put bizarre outfits together and I wanted to make sure it was quirky enough that people noticed that about me. Now I’m stuck in more of a boring rut as a mom, and far less bold with what I wear. I’ve been trying to ask myself what I really like and want to wear/buy, rather than being afraid of (or planning) what people will think.

  54. Elizabeth says...

    Love her style!!

  55. Melissa says...

    Yen is awesome. That’s all I have to say.

  56. Nic Louis says...

    This woman is really awesome. I love everything about her enthusiastic individuality.

  57. WoW! Yen is inspiring on so many levels. I love that she’s allowing herself to be seen because she knows it lifts other women up. And no thongs! Amen.

  58. Cait says...

    I feel like I can hear her laugh coming through in the photos! Awesome post. Thanks for making my cloudy Thursday a bit brighter :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she has the best laugh! i was thinking at the shoot yesterday that if i were her kid, i would spend all day trying to get that laugh! :)

  59. Emily Dorn says...

    I love your style!

  60. Kelly says...

    What fun, unique style from an inspiring woman! Unabashedly love the socks + sandals combo.

  61. karen says...

    “I didn’t have many role models growing up — there weren’t a lot of female Asian architects, so I think the more visible I am, the better.” Yes! Love her!
    Love the socks, the bookcases, and the 3 lipstick story about Sephora. What a smart thing to do.

  62. Louisa says...

    I love that there’s an Idiot’s Guide on her bookshelf.

  63. Tenley says...

    I love her style and her underlying philosophy of “Wear what you want!” I’m about to graduate and enter the workforce, and seeing her dress the way she wants for work is so reassuring. I’ve been at art school for 4 years, where creative dressing is encouraged, and this is a little extra push to keep dressing in stuff I love even after I’m out of the art school incubator!

  64. Andrea says...

    Looking for pattern cousins–my new wardrobe goal!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha same!

  65. Kate Neckel says...

    Yen is the best!!! Love this profile :)

  66. Antonia says...

    As a young woman architect who just left the corporate world to pursue her own practice… thank you, Yen!! What an inspiration you are to me, especially during this transition and the uncertainties that come with it. You’re certainly a role model and I hope to build my work, style, and voice with confidence, like you have.

    • Alex says...

      I wish you good luck ;) !

  67. Laura says...

    Sometimes I get really anxious about getting older, but then I read about women like Yen who are so happy and confident and it makes me feel so much better. Like don’t worry, there are tons of people over 30 (40, 50, 60 whatever) who are really happy with their lives.

  68. Heather says...

    She seems super fun and cool, as does her daughter :)

  69. Natalie says...

    I have that exact scarf and I have such a hard time tying it as it’s an odd size (larger than a standard bandana). I know it’s probably asking too much, but I would love to know how she tied it! Or would love a scarf tutorial from the blog!

    • Natalie says...

      To clarify, I’m talking about the block shop textiles one. Any other readers have this scarf?

    • I think I could make you one via Instagram… are you on IG? :)

    • Rae says...

      Yes! I have this beautiful scarf as well and also struggle with the size / shape.

  70. Jennifer says...

    Love, love! I get so much inspiration seeing how women in other parts of the country (and world!) express themselves through fashion. And, Yen is inspiring on all levels!

  71. Hannah says...

    I. LOVE. HER!

  72. Shelby says...

    Such a cool woman and it sounds like she’s raising a very cool daughter! Can we see a week of her little girl’s outfits?!? Now I’m inspired to wear suits when my friends come over.

  73. karen says...

    great style, inspiring woman! I love her spirit!

  74. Blythe says...

    What I would give to be in one of her classes!!!

  75. I love how cool she is ! what an inspiration. You can tell that she is comfortable and confident in who she is and how to dress. also what the other commenter said, this shoot looks so casual – like how she would actually dress, not just new clothes for the photoshoot! well done!

  76. K says...

    Love her style. I want to see a week of outfits from her daughter!

  77. ann says...

    Best haircut of the year! It reminds of Dorothy Hamill’s haircut I loved and had in the 70s! So awesome!

  78. Anna says...

    LOVE the scarf and the way it is tied! Any chance for a tutorial on how she tied it?

  79. Wow! This might be my favorite Week of Outfits yet. I adore how she pairs high end with low end and mixes patterns together. But most of all – and I apologize in advance to those of you who dislike the use of profanities – I LOVE that she gives absolutely zero f*$ks what anybody thinks! You’re an inspiration, Yen! <3

  80. Julia says...

    Hands down this is my FAVORITE week of outfits! She so chic, and so relate-able at the same time. Bravo!

  81. LOVED this week of outfits. Yen seems like the coolest woman – can’t imagine how fierce her daughter must be!

  82. Colleen says...

    Love the lipstick tip and the underwear tip. Thanks!

  83. Lisa says...

    Yes! She is rocking it! I love her attitude!

  84. Lilia says...

    Oh my goodness, she is amazing! I love her style, so true to herself.

  85. Anni says...

    Oh I love it!
    I can relate. I am an architect and it just happens so often: clients and construction workers will talk to my male colleagues and not so much to me. And especially the older clients would ask me if I was the office secretary – what a stereotype. We have to get ourselves visible, even if it takes up a lot of power. To keep a little family going, make yourself visible in a male dominated field and still have enough time and strength to keep sane – sometimes I wish I had superpowers :)

    • Christy says...

      I can totally relate! I’m an ER doctor..been practicing for 20 years and it’s still very male dominated. I’m very petite and the nurses would get asked, “when’s the doctor coming to see me or him/her(from a relative)?..this after I’ve been in and out of their room many times attending to a very sick person…I used to go back in and joke with the family, making light of it and set them straight nicely, confidently. I say just keep going and keep doing what you do best with confidence and poise.

  86. What wonderful style! Clearly she has a knack for putting together things that I would never think of – I love looking at her outfits and her fantastic hair. (Also, her description of the lipsticks she wanted when she into Sephora – the great people at Sephora helped me find my favorite red lipstick and I love them).

    • Yvonne says...

      would you please tell us the name of your favorite red lipstick? Thank you! Just LOVE your blog that I discovered thanks to A Cup of Joe.

  87. DIANA says...

    Yes! Architecture can be such a downer in the misogyny department. We have lots of product reps that come in and pitch different materials or design products to our architecture firm and so many men have assumed that I’m the interior designer or material librarian. I struggle between trying desperately to appear masculine and also wearing the feminine things that I love. No matter what I wear, I have to consciously make it clear how I expect to be treated in every room I walk into.

  88. Cynthia says...

    Love her style!

  89. Maura says...

    The GAP briefs are EVERYTHING — been wearing the black for 15 years! Also, especially love Yen’s second look. xo

  90. Sarah says...

    Oh my gosh the first and third pictures! She is so fun! I wouldn’t be surprised if she smiled so much during the shoot it was hard to capture her with a neutral face.

  91. Leah says...

    Love her! This is awesome

  92. LB says...

    Two things:

    First, “I walk into job meetings, and no one takes me seriously. Or if I’m with a man, they’ll talk only to him.” UGH just resonates with me today, maybe because while I like my work partner the man-splaining and over-talking and faux confidence KILLS ME. I see through you but nobody else does.

    Second, this is the second piece I’ve read today where people who seem to “have it together” love their Gap underwear. My Gap underwear always wears out so quickly. Glad to know I’m not alone in wearing it but would love some (affordable) other options.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yen mentioned that she also likes the new everlane ones, if that’s helpful! http://bit.ly/2KwWCZ1

    • Catie says...

      I used to LIVE in Gap underwear (all through middle school, high school, and college), and then got into a phase of vs ‘lacie’ styles. I STILL have Gap pairs that are finally dying (ditto for the old VS) after 5+ years, and I truly feel that the quality has declined in the new ones I buy (from both companies). Such a pain to have this happen with styles whose fit works perfectly.

      FWIW, I also tried the new Everlane and am very impressed with their stuff. No cute prints like the Gap, but comfort/fit/quality is spot-on!

    • Christina says...

      Pact undies!!! they’re incredible! I have a lot of Gap cotton unders too, but I am slowly replacing them with Pact every time a pair starts to unravel. http://www.wearpact.com

    • Lilly says...

      I love Aerie undies! The have a 100% cotton range and you can search on their site by fabric, which is key, as I’m too old to go into that store and shop with the tweens. The high rises and hipsters are really nice quality, last ages, and often on sale for 10-for-30$ or similar. Not where I’d think to go, but been ordering them for years after a friend tipped me off.

  93. Emily says...

    SO much I loved about this!
    What a beautiful, bright, badass woman! (who doesn’t love an alliteration?)

  94. Maggie says...

    “Overall in life, I just want to be comfortable.”

    A THOUSAND TIMES YES! In all ways; friends, clothes, marriage, work, shoes. Give me comfort or leave me alone.

    • Stefanie says...

      Exactly what I was thinking! I love that I’ve reached the point in my life that comfort is key and I work towards that every day. I also hope to instill this into my 9 year old daughter.

    • Whitney says...

      Amen, sister!

  95. Talor says...

    love this! i’m sure its definitely freeing to be able to express yourself and not worry about what others think or following a “dress code”. I struggle with that working in finance because there are a lot of rules about what is appropriate and what’s not. I throw on a pair of hoop earrings with my polished tops and pants… just to show them that they can’t keep me down ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, talor!!!

    • Meg says...

      **Fist Bump**

  96. She is totally cool. Sometimes, I feel the women look overly coiffed for their “Week of Outfits”… Like they just went shopping prior to the shoot (which is exactly what I would do) – but she looks so herself and effortlessly cool! Love all her unique outfits and her chic haircut. She is beautiful and inspirational.

    • DIANA says...

      Yes! She embodies every quirky art teacher or architecture professor I’ve had.

  97. Tara says...

    I love her style very much, and her personality just sparkles through these beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing!