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A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

You know those people whose smile can light up an entire room? Meet Naudia Jones. The nutritionist and recent Brooklyn College grad radiates confidence everywhere she goes. Here, she talks about work dresses, the jewelry she wears to meetings and how she conquered her biggest fear…

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Dress: Target, similar. Sandals: Kensie, similar. Necklace: GINETTE NY. Cuff: Shaya. Watch: Miansai. Lipstick: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 193 Souvenir.

“I wore this dress to a gardeners’ potluck at the community garden, where I’ve had a little plot for three years. This garden is my everything. Last year, I went through a big breakup. I couldn’t sleep, so I’d come here at 4:30 a.m. I’d see the sunrise and watch the plants grow. Now I can’t imagine not having a garden. One of my favorite kid’s books was Frog and Toad, and they used to read and sing to their plants. Now I’m like, I’m living my childhood storybook.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Dress: Marc Jacobs from Eleven consignment store. Sandals: similar. Earrings: Tafari Tribe, similar. Bracelet: Maslo Jewelry.

“I love this dress, which I found at a consignment store. Orange is my color, and I like dresses with big pockets and things that sway. When I was little in Guyana, my parents made all our clothes. Even though I was a tomboy, I’d request dresses with can-can skirts, and this dress is cancan-ish!”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Shirt: H&M, similar. Orange pants: BCBG from Nordstorm Rack, similar. Boots: Pour La Victoire from Nordstorm Rack, similar. Bangles: handmade. Watch: Target, similar.

“When I was 17, I moved from Guyana to the U.S. to get help with my stutter. Everyone that stutters has a deep knowledge of the thesaurus because while you’re speaking, your brain jumps ahead and identifies the words that you’re going to stutter on, and it’s like, no, don’t say that, use a synonym. But when I moved to the U.S., my stuttering severity actually went from a 6 to a 9. I was in full panic every time I spoke. I couldn’t even say hello on the phone because h’s were really difficult. My therapist used to take me out for pizza and encourage me to order a slice, and I would stand there and cry.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

“I would call my parents, and they would be like, what??? We sent our child away so she could get better and what is happening??? I was also dealing with housing insecurity, homesickness, etc. Finally, I joined SAY, the stuttering organization. I even went on the Today Show, and I realized that I could stutter and not die. You can have all the tools in the world, but in the end, you need a level of confidence. You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I was like, okay, I know it’s going to happen, but I’m not going to let it derail me. That really, really helped.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Wrap dress: Moshood Creations. Sandals: Payless. Earrings: street vendor, similar. Cuff: Shaya. Record bag: Capetown artisan.

“I bought this record bag while visiting a friend in South Africa. I was walking around Capetown by myself, and I stumbled upon a market with amazing local artisans. When I found the bags, I bought six! They were for my friends, my sisters and myself. I think they’re the coolest bags ever. Of course, the guy tried to haggle me because I’m American, and I was like, nope, I’m from Guyana! I can haggle, too! Let’s do this! I talked him down to a reasonable price.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Blazer: H&M, similar. Striped dress: Banana Republic outlet, similar. Clogs: Dansko. Earrings: Tafari Tribe. Bangles: handmade. Watch: Miansai. Bag: Miansai. Lipstick: Color Pop.

“For work, I love Banana Republic dresses — they’re professional but cute. I have bigger boobs, and their dress styles tend to be minimizing. I discovered the Banana Republic outlet last year, when I was visiting my sister in Ohio. I was like, oh, my goodness, why ever go to the one in Soho?”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

“In Indian culture, women pass bangles down through the generations. My mom got them from her mom who got them from her mom. Typically, you give them to your oldest daughter, but when my family moved to the U.S., my mom gave them to me, even though I’m the middle child. She said it was because I had come to the United States first and was the pioneer. I had set things up so they could join me. Now I wear them whenever I’m doing something special or scary; they’re like a pep talk. ‘You can do this! You’re the one who got the bangles.‘”

Thank you so much, Naudia! You are a force.

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

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Alexa F says...

    She is a ray of light!

  2. jeannie says...

    How did I miss this post? Naudia has amazing style and such a gorgeous smile!

  3. Alexis says...

    I LOVE HER.
    I also love that she’s wearing Moshood. I hope they stick around – I heard they were struggling to pay rent. Has anyone heard anything about that lately?

  4. Megan says...

    She’s wonderful!

  5. Cora says...

    I loved this one! Naudia’s style is so similar to my own. The striped shirt and wide pants, I need that in my life.

  6. Nicole says...

    What the actual eff I have tears welling up in my eyes from an article called A Week of Outfits ….. whaaaaaaat? Gah! Seriously it’s stunningly beautiful when a lifestyle blog can combine a “guilty pleasure” read with something so honest and human. Bravoooooo!

  7. Emme Duranczyk says...

    “You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. ”

    YESS! You are an inspiration. I absolutely believe in teaching confidence and ‘owning’ your stutter (I’m a speech therapist). It makes me SO happy to see someone speaking about this publicly in such a confident way.

  8. Annie says...

    One of my favorite Week of Outfits so far. Wonderful story, affordable clothes that I would actually buy. Love!

    • Stacy says...

      Yep, these are the places I actually shop–and Naudia looks STUNNING in every photo! Bravo, CoJ.

  9. The bangles story! Rock on, lady.

  10. Joanna Tsay says...

    LOVED THIS- Naudia, her story, her style, everything. You guys are hitting this series out of the park.

  11. Nina says...

    She is gorgeous. I have a ring my sisters all bought for me. I wear it too, to boost my confidence. Remind myself I am loved.

  12. Jeanne says...

    I love Naudia’s comments at the end about the bangles she wears. I have bracelets of my late grandmother’s that I intentionally wear on days when I know I have something to do that I’m nervous about. She was a special person in my life and it’s comforting to know that a small piece of her is with me. It helps ground me.

    • Maddy says...

      Jeanne – me too! I’m in law school, and often I feel too off-beat and hippy, and intimidated by the many intelligent people around me. But wearing my grandmother’s jewelry reminds me that I come from women who are capable and strong, and while they are no longer here, would be so proud of me.

  13. Amy E Jones says...

    Beautiful! That Marc Jacobs dress is so so good on you! LOVE.

  14. I really appreciated Naudia’s candidness and positive outlook around some of the more challenging aspects of her story. A very interesting read and fun fashion!

  15. Julia Nawrock says...

    This is the first time I’ve been inspired to comment – there is so much I love about this post! I love her mixing of mainstream and fancy brands and unique pieces. Her style conveys that she knows who she is and how to express herself with confidence. The record purse is delightful and so is the story behind it!

  16. Laura Dobroth says...

    What a beautiful person and human…not mention her great style: her clothing just seem to speak “joy!” One of my favorite “A Week of Outfit” features so far.

  17. Marti says...

    Naudia, what an amazing, vibrant and courageous woman you are! Moving abroad so young and without family must have been so difficult! I admire your determination and grit so much!

  18. Mary says...

    I love Naudia’s style. She is so elegant and you can see her heart shining through in every picture.

  19. Karen says...

    What a great post! She is so beautiful and so inspiring. Love her confidence and style.

  20. Vanessa Rae says...

    I have stuttered throughout my entire life and I was so happy to see someone on here who I could relate with in that way. As a person that stutters you often feel like you’re the only one in the world who has kept thoughts and ideas to themselves because of the fear that manifests so transparently. Childhood was rough but it gave me the opportunity to really be mindful before I spoke and helped me to have more empathy for others. Thank you for bringing to my attention the SAY organization, and thank you for featuring such a beautiful, bright woman. I am enamored!

  21. anne says...

    Loved this – she has such a beautiful style, joyful countenance and inspiring story <3

  22. Claire says...

    would love a close-up of the bangles!

  23. Cassie says...

    “You’re the one who got the bangles!” I love that.

  24. Bridgette says...

    I’ve been looking to join a community garden in the city since moving here! It’s the thing I miss most about living in the country. Any recommendations for good ones? Great post. Thanks! :)

  25. Kate says...

    Just came here to say I really loved this post and would love to hear more from Naudia. Good scouting, COJ team. You guys feature such awesome women.

  26. Hilary says...

    Naudia is a true beauty! Her smile and style are inspiring. :) <3

  27. Nicole says...

    Speech therapist here- so glad you tapped into the social emotional piece of stuttering- both in your own journey and also in this feature. So important!! Cheers to feeling at peace/comfortable/confident in your communication! And remembering those stuttering modifications for when a stutter does come- that you can and will get out of it. Loved your style choices too and it was very relatable bc it was affordable! :)

    • Yes, Nicole! Couldn’t agree more! (Fellow SLP chiming in!) Naudia’s story warmed my heart. I love hearing about advocacy work and people “advertising” their stutter. So brave and so important. And always use those strategies, girl!

      P.S. omg Naudia’s lipstick game! NEXT LEVEL!

  28. Becca says...

    Loved this! My husband’s family is Syrian and bangles are both bought new as special occasion gifts and passed down to the women in the family from past generations. My mother-in-law gave me my first new bangle for my birthday several years ago, then helped my husband buy one for me for our 5 year anniversary from their local Syrian grocery store (!). But then she gave me a bangle that had belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother (brought to the US from Syria), that my mother-in-law had worn on her own wrist for the last 30 years. That bangle and my engagement ring, also handed down from my husband’s great-grandmother’s collection and worn by my mother-in-law until we got engaged, are my most precious possessions. They showed me the value of having a few things that last forever, to connect new family members to old, and link us all together in a tangible way, even if we are far apart in location or time. I never felt more accepted and loved than when my mother-in-law shyly offered her grandmother’s ring for my finger, or her bangle for my wrist. I look forward to passing on my bangles — currently new and shiny, but in a few generations will be as precious and well-loved as the ring and bangle three generations past.

  29. jess says...

    “You’re the one who got the bangles”
    just made me cry at work….
    :-)

  30. Fiona says...

    MY FAVV!!! Can I just say that for once these posts contained actual outfits that I can afford?!? Plus a style that’s easy, approachable, and accessible to every woman. Bravo Naudia!

    • cgw says...

      THIS! ^ I felt exactly the same way. As a teacher, I have marveled at many of the clothes/outfits highlighted on CoJ but still can’t afford them, even if the item’s on sale. Many of the outfits are simply not in my price range. But this post and her style is spot on -and much more realistic!!

    • Sally says...

      I agree! I loved that her outfita looked amazing and are in tje same price range as mine!

    • jennifer says...

      chiming in to agree as well! affordable pieces without sacrificing style, thanks so much for showcasing this beautiful woman and her chic clothes (more of this please!)

  31. I so appreciate this profile with Naudia and want to break out my own power bangles!

    My favorite part was her talking about confidence, stuttering and being willing to get uncomfortable. Such truth!

  32. Liz C. says...

    Naudia is beautiful and inspiring, thank you for sharing her journey and her style. It was also so cool and timely to hear about SAY, as I have just started looking into their program for my eight year old son who stutters. He has actually never heard another kid stutter so we are looking into their camps. So happy there is a program out there like this, and thrilled to see how it helped Naudia find her “voice.” That bit about figuring out what you are going to say ahead of time resonated big time, I can often see my son trying to figure out what word to use instead of the one he might stutter on. But just very recently he said to me “Mom, I don’t like my stutter and it frustrates me, but I know if I got rid of it, I just wouldn’t be me.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a beautiful thing for him to say, liz! you sound like SUCH a nice mom, too.

  33. EBK Riley says...

    Lovely style from such a nice range of retailers with down to earth prices. Love the accessories too, and the pops of color.

  34. Lauren says...

    Thanks, this post is much more relatable than others in so many ways — she shops at normal stores with reasonable prices, has a fairly traditional (non-creative) job, looks great and works with her personal style, and seems to live a very brave and interesting life!

  35. Elizabeth Pierson says...

    I love this style section so much! Thank you for showcasing someone who wears affordable clothing.

  36. Claire Green says...

    Naudia, your sense of personal style is sartorially excellent! You look professional, pulled together, elegant, bold and confident. I love everything you own and how you put it together. just perfection.

  37. Jillian says...

    I LOVED this — thank you, Naudia!!! You are so beautiful and wise.

    I wear the same set of four gold bangles every single day, and have worn them every time I leave the house for the last ten years. Sometimes, they can be LOUD (…perhaps because I am an emphatic super-hand talker; okay maybe I flail a bit), but everyone in my life– coworkers, friends, former boyfriends, etc.– comments after some time knowing me that they love that they can always hear me coming around a corner, like a little bell on a cat’s collar! The sound of them singing as they bang around together is like my signature sound now, the way some women have a signature perfume!

  38. Chrissie says...

    Naudia is such a beauty! Thank you for including someone whose incredible style feels attainable. Sometimes on these posts the outfits are so expensive that it doesn’t feel relatable. This one was feels different. Also, Naudia seems like she’d be an easy best friend. Thanks for featuring her!!

  39. Anne says...

    Hands down, my favorite week of outfits yet, and not because of the price point – it’s actually flattering and wearable outside of Brooklyn! I want to go buy everything orange now.

    Also, that quote about being comfortable being uncomfortable really got me. Few people know about hyperhidrosis, but it’s a condition that’s affected me since puberty. I’ve been able to hide profusely sweating pretty well (the hands always give it away), but it’s still something I just always have to be ready for.

    • Bridget says...

      I have the same condition! Very hard to connect with other people who do :)

  40. Rue says...

    Immediately bookmarked this in my “feel good” folder. Strong women who feel the fear and do it anyway are my people!

  41. Claire says...

    She is lovely and has beautiful style! Simple, strong, striking… and from such reasonably priced sources. I love the heirloom bangles, and I am with her on the dresses with big pockets, and especially love that white wrap dress. But the best part was reading about her and her path. She seems like a person with wonderful character. It does my heart so much good to read about people like her!

  42. Jamie says...

    Thank you for featuring someone who shops on a budget! I love this feature but often walk away discouraged by the fact that I could never spend (or justify spending) quite so much on my wardrobe. Love her style.

  43. Jamie says...

    I love this. I actually feel like I could do this style!! Sometimes the posts are not very relatable (although a delicious feast for the eyes).

  44. Reem says...

    This is so wonderful. That ending about the bangles really got me. I have a scary interview tomorrow, and I have a set of gold bangles from my mom, so I just got the boost of confidence I need! I received them when I got married, although not because she wanted to pass them down, but because she wanted to trade them in for more trendy gold pieces for me, and I argued in the store to keep them! I wear them every day and always get compliments. A reminder that I am strong and can make my own future : )

  45. The story of the bangles really touched me. When I was younger (I’ve always had bad anxiety) my mom gave me a little heart token and told me to keep it with me for when I got anxious. It was one of those little things that through the years (sleepovers when I was little, homesickeness in college, new job in a new city) has given me so much peace! Amazing the wonders those little objects can do!

  46. maryann says...

    I appreciated Naudia’s description of stuttering. I have a coworker who stutters and after several years, I hardly notice it anymore. But I’ve always wondered about it and how it works. It seems so frustrating! I think my coworker has a similar approach to Naudia: confidence in being uncomfortable. But what a challenging mindset to accomplish! Bravo to Naudia for speaking about it publicly.

  47. Esther says...

    loved this. naudia has exceptional style, especially as she’s able to pull off an impeccable outfit on an affordable budget in every. single. look! thanks for sharing your story.