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A Week of Outfits: Erica Allen-Kim

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Assistant professor Erica Allen-Kim teaches architectural history and urban design at the University of Toronto. Her wardrobe is a mix of life-long investment pieces, fun items she grabs on sale, and one workhorse bag she pairs with everything. “It has changed my life,” she explains. “All it can hold are keys, a phone, a few cards and chapstick. I think of it as part of my body at this point.” Here, Erica shares five looks she wore in a week…

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Sweater: Babaà, similar. Shirt: Uniqlo, similar. Kilt: vintage, similar. Glasses: Karir, similar. Bag: COS. Boots: Rachel Comey.

“This kilt is really important to me, since it’s a hand-me-down from my aunt. She’s a concert pianist and picked this up when she was touring the U.K. in the 60s. I pull it out every four or five years and wear it for a short while, and then put it away for safekeeping. It’s too big for me, really, but it connects me to my family history. Aside from the kilt, the rest of the outfit is pretty typical for me. I wear this Uniqlo gingham top with everything. It’s baggy, but I like the artful tucking and untucking of things, like pushing up a sleeve to show the shirt under the sweater. I tend to do that throughout the day — just rearrange myself a bit to reveal another part of my outfit.”

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Jumpsuit: Horses Atelier, similar. Boots: Rachel Comey.

“This jumpsuit was an epiphany for me. At the Toronto boutique Horses Atelier, I saw the beautiful, GLOWING pink fabric, but I’m petite and I knew the jumpsuit would be way too big. The sales associate was like, ‘Just see what happens.’ I put it on and felt totally overwhelmed. But then I started rolling the sleeves, rolling the legs, popping the collar, and all of a sudden it was just like, ‘This is the most ME I have ever felt in my life.’ Now it has become my power suit. I wear it to work all the time — especially when I’m feeling down or doing final reviews. I feel strong and purposeful, that I’m working hard and I’m good at what I do. I’ve sort of become the professor in the pink jumpsuit.”

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Turtleneck: Kotn. Skirt: Aritzia. Shawl: COS, similar. Tights: Uniqlo HEATTECH. Boots: Rachel Comey.

“Oh my goodness, this outfit is amazing because it feels like one giant sweater! I eyed this skirt for years before I bought it. Every time I tried it on, I would think, ‘It’s too form-fitting, it’s not age appropriate.’ I don’t know what changed — maybe I’m just getting older — but finally I was like, ‘Who cares? Why am I worrying so much about what other people think? It’s elegant and comfortable, and it’ll keep me warm!’ If I’m self-conscious, I can layer it with a long sweater and if I want to show off my shape, why not? Clothing conveys our mood and how we want to project ourselves in the world. This is my no-nonsense academic outfit, but it’s still soft and cozy.”

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Ring: Corey Moranis.

“I love this lucite ring because it’s handmade, it’s not very expensive, and even though it’s lightweight it’s basically indestructible. And when you have two boys — I have a six-year-old and a nine-year-old — it’s bit of a challenge to wear fine jewelry. I actually lost a stone in my eternity band! Most days I just put on this ring and nothing else.”

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Blazer: Steven Alan. Sweater: Aritzia. Pants: COS. Tights: Uniqlo HEATTECH. Boots: Rachel Comey. Beret: similar.

“Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in pants like these. I would have assumed the wide, cropped silhouette would make me look really short. But cropped pants have come a long way, and I learned how to style them by showing a little ankle. These ankle boots make every outfit amazing (as you can see, I’m wearing them in every look!). I actually bought them in a total panic, when I was on my way to a job interview six years ago. Back then, all I wore were Birkenstocks, clogs, sneakers and sandals, and right before leaving I realized I had no dressy shoes! They’re Rachel Comey’s Mars booties and they were a HUGE expense, like 400 dollars. You know how your budget suddenly goes out the window when you’re desperate and in a rush? It was insane. But now I wear them every day. They turned out to be a great investment.”

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Blouse: Ace&Jig, similar. Jeans: Frank and Oak. Tights: Uniqlo HEATTECH. Boots: Rachel Comey. Scarf: COS, similar. Tote: Baggu.

“Old-school mini markets like these are disappearing in Toronto, for many reasons. Part of my research is looking at gentrification of different neighborhoods, so I’ve been really interested in looking at what’s happened in my own, Kensington Market. This place is one of the hold-outs and I love it. It’s super cheap and convenient, and I like that I can get random things, like fish sauce and lavender honey, in addition to basic groceries. I always have at least two of these Baggu bags on me at all times. They’re cute, they wash well, and they have great patterns. Sometimes I use a carabiner clip to keep them together. It’s like we’re going on an expedition, my kids and I. Before we go out, I’m like, ‘All right, everyone got their bag?’ It just keeps life easy. No matter what happens in your day you always have the bag, thank goodness.”

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Thank you so much, Erica!

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including an attorney in Denver and an antique dealer in Maine.

(Photos by Judy Nguyen for Cup of Jo, taken at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.)

  1. Sandhya says...

    Hello, Erica. I was inspired to buy the Aritzia skirt — you had me at “one giant sweater”! I love the skirt — but unfortunately, I can’t seem to conquer static cling with tights! Any advice?! Thanks so much.

  2. kk says...

    I have re-visted this post quite a few times, just to admire Erica’s chic and easy style. Thusly, I’ve been eyeing that white COS bag. It went on sale last week (from $69 to $48) and I managed to hold back. But I just checked and it has been further reduced to $35. Okay, FINE! Happy New Year to me! (And to you, I hope!)

  3. Cassie says...

    Um, how freaking cool is she? Goals.

  4. Megan says...

    Lovely! The pink jumpsuit is amazing and lady is rocking the sweater skirt!

  5. Emily says...

    I’ve loved Erica’s blog for years! It’s so good to see her here and learn a little more about her background. She is the kind of woman I aspire to be–chic, thoughtful, and quirky but effortlessly real. Also, taking notes on that A+ pile of books.

  6. Love, love, LOVE her style! Each and every outfit is perfection.

  7. Sadie M Arneson says...

    Damn, her style is flawless!

  8. Maiz says...

    A+!!!
    I’m a little annoyed with her for informing me about those perfect, expensive boots. Also, the sentence, “Most days I just put on this ring and nothing else,” made me laugh. (I’m sure that’s not what she meant, but still funny.)
    Her style is perfect.

    • Kristin says...

      SAME! I didn’t know I needed these $500 perfect boots til now.

  9. Alexandra Gagnon says...

    This has been my favorite week of outfits to date! That pink jumpsuit has consumed more of my thoughts than I care to admit this week!

  10. Hillary says...

    Her style is my *actual* “goals.” Love everything!

  11. Hey, thank you!! I ordered that bag in black. I think it’ll solve the disturbing lack of pockets in female clothing for me!

  12. Erin O'Connor says...

    Just incredible. Love every photo and every word of this interview. I want to follow her around for a week! Now I’m dreaming of sweater skirts, lavender honey, and a beret. PLEASE do a house tour… but wait like a few months so that after buying everything here I can save up for all the incredible finds that will inevitably be plastered all over my pinterest page.

  13. Jill says...

    Love!! So inspired by her style.

  14. Helen says...

    My favorite week of outfits so far! Please find more women like her!!!!!!!!!

  15. Lauren says...

    SAME! I’m so glad to see Toronto featured on here. I’d love to see more Toronto-centric posts :)

  16. Asia says...

    Erica is my dream style icon!

  17. Kim says...

    Where is her little white bag from?

    • Jessica says...

      It’s linked in the initial blurb at the top!

  18. Jessica says...

    RE: carrying a reusable bag every day – I identify so hard with this! I will wax poetic to anyone who will listen about this concept AND my favorite bag.

    Also, kinda want to be Erica.

  19. Alison Briggs says...

    fav outfit post so far! would love to see her again on here – house tour? beauty regime? more about her work? love her and her style!

  20. Amy says...

    “This is the most me I’ve ever felt”

    LOVED this week in outfits post. So down to earth, positive, and amazing.

  21. Tawny says...

    This may be my favorite one yet. I feel like my style has evolved in such similar ways. We learn as we age, I mean grow.

  22. Karin says...

    I love her style! That pink jumpsuit!!! I also love how everything is modestly covered up but still looks super stylish.

    • Eva says...

      Yes!

  23. Jess says...

    I have always been slightly afraid of jumpsuits too, but holy moly, she looks SO good and chic and interesting in this, I may have to try it out. Serious style inspo.

  24. Ana says...

    I’ve been following Erica for awhile now and I love love her cool, confident, but, approachable vibe! So glad to see Toronto on the Cupofjo too!

  25. Tanya says...

    👌🏼 Perfection!

  26. Emily says...

    A thoroughly badass Korean gal, AND Korean short rib stew in one day? You’re making this Korean-American woman very happy

  27. Ismah says...

    Lovely outfits – makes me wanna shop for a jumpsuit…And cropped pants! Two things I never considered before.

  28. Loesie says...

    I can totally relate to the jumpsuit part!
    I was on my twice-a-year outing with my mother-in-law to Dusseldorf, Germany, when I stumbled upon this ginormous Anthropologie store.
    It was the first actual store I had ever seen in mainland Europe, and to say I was thrilled was an understatement.
    So I dragged my (rather conservative) mother-in-law in there, and tried on at least 20 pieces, including a jumpsuit with a seventies-vibe fabric. Something way outside the box for me and my style, if I even have one.
    Right after I’d put it on, I felt my self confidence sky rocket through the roof.
    And my mother-in-law even said it looked good on me (I was surprised that she liked it, since she had given me many a side-eye years ago when trying on very standard bride dresses).
    Ever since, I have loved it. Hubby calls me ‘Hillary’ every time I wear it and I take that as a compliment.
    It’s become my pièce de résistance and I want to grow old in it.
    Go jumpsuits!

  29. Katie says...

    I love every detail of every outfit Erica is wearing. I now have a massive style crush on her! She looks chic but comfortable, like she owns her power and presence but but maintains approachability. And the bag??? LOVE.

  30. Anna says...

    I love Erica. She’s been such a inspiration to me as I negotiate dressing in my first semester as a faculty member at a university. Thank you for sharing her outfits!

  31. Barbara Jane says...

    LOVE this! Architects are so cool, and I’ve always aspired to that level of style. (I have a degree in architecture, and I work with architects, but somehow I never feel like I quite hit the mark!) I’d like to buy one of everything she’s wearing!

  32. Jamie says...

    Oh, heyyyy Toronto! Love these outfits so much. I am also a huge jumpsuit fan, they’re so comfortable but you always look like a boss. Total power dressing.

  33. Jessica Camerata says...

    Obsessed with that ring! Loving the last look for sure.

    xo Jessica

  34. Dominique says...

    Woohoo a fellow Canadian! Great style! Great location!

  35. Love this! I’m a 30-something professor at a top business school and I struggle to find clothes that look professional but still look like me. I’m not sure I could pull of a pink jumpsuit at work, but I might try (on a day I’m not teaching)!

  36. Lauren says...

    Love this post and series!

    Have you gals ever considered doing a week of outfits around maternity dressing? As someone who is 18 weeks pregnant and adjusting to dressing my weekly changing body, I would very much appreciate this sort of content!

    • Cristina says...

      Second!

    • Julia says...

      If you don’t have them already, run don’t walk to get a couple of belly bands so you can wear your current pants unbuttoned and even unzipped! They’re great for after you have the baby too, to cover up your belly while nursing. And H&M has the most inexpensive/cutest maternity clothes. A lot of my pre-baby clothes worked with modifications for most of my pregnancy (like wearing a dress as a tunic with leggings, or the belly bands), but I had a sweet friend send me two huge, soft, t-shirts at the very end of my pregnancy that I could work out and lounge in and I was so grateful to her.

  37. LOVE the boots…but $400? Ouch.
    Really great pop of color with the scarf.

    • chika says...

      Try theRealReal.com — I bought a pair of burgundy-ish Rachel Comey Mars boots there that were pristine and under $150! I bought another pair in black that were definitely more worn but still in good condition for under $100. They seem to get Mars boots in all the time. And I’ve had good luck consigning with them as well. (It’s my favorite consignment website!)

  38. Lola says...

    She has the right kind of everything!

  39. The most stylish professor I’ve seen…

  40. Keri says...

    I think you should profile a stay at home mom (or work from home mom, in my case) for one of your week of outfits columns. “Here are are my fancy yoga pants”.. “here is my shirt without spit up on it.”😂😂

    • Your comment cracked me up. “I’m wearing this sweater for the third day in a row because it was on the floor next to the bed.”

    • Kelly Libby says...

      hahahaha! Love that idea! But, seriously. A casual outfits of the week would be great — nanny, childcare providers, work from home women, stay at home moms etc.

    • Susanna says...

      I feel almost embarrassed to ask this for some reason but I wonder if a homeschool mom would count?!;) It’s kind of work from home, right? But seriously, I love to put together nice, stylish, casual outfits. I have always strived to dress as though I’m going out somewhere with my kids even if I’m not. Anyways, I think it would be so fun to see some at home moms featured as well. After all, we all have significance as women, no matter what our callings may be.

  41. Tiia says...

    She has great style and I love a thoughtful dresser!

  42. Lisa says...

    This is the best argument I’ve ever seen for ankle boots

  43. lovely outfit!!!

  44. Luna says...

    I had just removed Instagram from my phone, because you know. And now putting it back on, because I want to see more of this lady! Great post!!

  45. Lindsey says...

    Best EVER!!! Inspired to get dressed tomorrow!

  46. Laura Warner says...

    This is my favourite Week of Outfits post ever!
    Oh, and how I miss my Toronto.

    • Maeve says...

      Made me miss it too!! Headed there for the holidays though!

  47. Kim says...

    Did she get the job?

  48. Heather says...

    I don’t think I’ve ever clicked through so many links in any previous week of outfits post – love this!!

  49. Mel says...

    OMG! Erica is showstoppingly stylish! I love her well-considered, layered, and a little badass look :) And her comments about “the artful tucking and untucking of things” and rearranging throughout the day “to reveal another part of my outfit” … I am in awe. As someone who has limited/bland/pained relationship with clothes, the idea that one’s clothes can be a form of continual interaction, experimentation, and expression throughout a day is so lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  50. Luisa says...

    Fun fact: for those of you who loved Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey (I read it after reading all the Cup of Jo comments about it!): Horses Atlier, source of Erica’s dope pink jumpsuit, is author Claudia Dey’s clothing line/boutique with her best girlfriend.

  51. Favorite outfit post ever! Somehow I could tell Erica worked in architecture from the very first photo. Following her on IG now as she is my fashion idol! Thanks for the introduction :)

  52. Nadine Hughey says...

    New WOO winner! And I can’t see myself in any of the outfits, she’s editorial-good.

  53. Jeanne says...

    I’m glad you bought that wool skirt because the silhouette is to die for!! I want one now but need to wait for them to come back in stock. For anyone who owns it, does it stretch out a lot?

  54. mym says...

    COS might have just become my favorite brand.

    • SAME. And Kotn. Though I think I found them through Erica’s IG, ha.

  55. Rachel says...

    I. LOVE. IT. ALL!!! 💯

  56. Emily says...

    How have I never heard of Erica considering I just graduated from University of Toronto!!! Loved, loved this series. I’m stealing fun, yet work appropriate ideas!

  57. Kara says...

    Erica is my absolute favorite fashion account on IG!! Like I will go to her page every few weeks and scroll around for inspiration, and when I’m in the market for a particular item, I’ll look to see if she has it and where it’s from. I love reading about how she thinks about her clothes and styles them…like how she’ll shift the shirt around throughout the day, or how rolling the jumpsuit made it come together for her–this is exactly what she’s a master at and I have stared at her posts literally studying how she does this! I’ll stop gushing, but I’m so happy you featured her, and Erica, if you’re reading, thanks for putting yourself out there on public platforms like this.

  58. Em says...

    Love Erica’s style, love her attitude, and love that her bag and boots are everyday wears. Also she has amazing instincts; every item I’ve bought in a pinch (like when she bought her boots) has ended up being hated and never worn again because it wasn’t me. Can we revisit her another week? One isn’t enough!

  59. Lauren E. says...

    Dare I attempt a jumpsuit?! I had a super cool colleague who regularly wore jumpsuits and she looked insanely chic. I just always thought I was too short and squat for it, but maybe not!

    • carmen says...

      fellow short and squat-ish person here, and i can confirm jumpsuits look great on us, hunny

    • Julia says...

      You should check out Big Bud Press – they have a huge range of jumpsuits in different colours and have all shapes and sizes modelling them! I’m a curvy 10 and bought a L.

  60. Sarah H. says...

    Wow! Love her outfits and her attitude. I was crushed to find the amazing yellow scarf is sold out. I hope they restock! It’s gorgeous, and Erica wears it beautifully. Such a stylish lady!

  61. P K. says...

    This one is so cool. I love the beautiful, scenic backdrops in each photo! Also love how Erica says she has a few workhorses, the bag and shoes, and she’s actually wearing them in most of outfits!

  62. Allie says...

    I rarely follow fashion blogs because I don’t want to be a copy cat, but Erica has such a timeless, classic, kid-friendly style I just have to see what she’s wearing. Thank you for featuring her!

  63. Kelly says...

    Internal monologue upon seeing that pencil skirt” “WOW, where has that skirt been all of my life?!” *clicks to website…* “WHYYYY must all skirts have slits up to your butt?!?! Yes, a slit is somewhat necessary for walking, but not that high!” signed, a tall lady who has all but given up on pencil skirts with slits.

    • jet says...

      Agree. The last time straight skirts *pencil* were in style, those damn slits made me look like a hooker. When I wanted to look like Della Street. LOL

    • Heather says...

      At least it has an elastic waist though! Lol

  64. J-Dub says...

    I too work in an academic architecture setting and it is so gratifying to see outfits that are not black swaths of fabric from head to toe. Yea for the pink jumpsuit.

  65. Erica is the chicest human I know (and one of the nicest, too). Discovering her blog back in the day totally made me rethink the possibilities of getting dressed—she is such a genius at putting together looks that stand sort of slantwise to trends, managing to look very of the moment but also timeless, and wholly herself; I love seeing her here!!!!

  66. Ceridwen says...

    I love all of her outfits and her positive, resilient attitude to life shines through this piece. The photograph is great too. I went through that same conversation with myself about a fitted wool skirt and cropped pants. I love that about getting older you think…whatever! I like it and it feels good. Nice to find your own mojo.

  67. Erin says...

    Yay Toronto! Way to represent, Erica!

    • Robin says...

      Ha came here to say the same! Also this must be the new architecture building – I need to cross into that island and check it out! The landscaping looks so cool from the street, but I bet it’s even better walking into the building.

  68. Anna says...

    That photo of Erica in the skirt looking at the stack of books is the most beautiful image.

    • Mary says...

      I thought the same thing. I was like, welp, this is everything.

  69. Cynthia says...

    Gorgeous outfits! I really like the kilt, and her outfits look cozy without being bulky.

  70. Lara says...

    What a fab week in outfits- thank you guys!

    Also, as a Scot I can tell you if it’s a good quality kilt you can definitely go to a kiltmaker (probably in Scotland, sorry!) and get them to resize it- a proper kilt should be made of a length of fabric that is wrapped in a specific way so that it can be used throughout your life. My father in his fifties has the same kilt he got when he was 21- he just needs to get the fabric adjusted every few years!

    Keep being great guys!

  71. Sharon says...

    I live in Florida, making Rachel Comey boots not at all necessary, but dang I love them! Clean lines and they literally go with every one of her outfits. Such a classic, timeless, quality piece…

    • Meredith says...

      Sharon, I just moved to South Florida from a northern US city – please fill me in on shoe culture down here. I wear booties and jeans nearly every single day, but am starting to reconsider after someone at work asked me if I ride horses…(I’ve legit never even ridden a pony). What in the world does a fairly neutral, professional, but somewhat edgy Floridian shoe look like!?

    • Sarah says...

      Meredith-Tory Burch flats
      xo

    • Sharon says...

      HA… the horse comment is good! So, I’m in Jacksonville Beach, FL , which is more like Georgia (think Deep South), but as a native Floridian, I think I can help out with South Florida. We love our sandals… just get used to pedicures ;-). A friend of mine who moved from Boston to Orlando used to joke, women in FL dress for work like Bostonians would dress for the dance club… yep, probably right. But mostly I stick with skirts and dresses almost year round. They are more forgiving in the summer heat and transition well with a cardigan in the extreme A/C indoors. Women rarely wear hose, though you will see lots of black tights in winter. You will also likely notice more skin is shown the closer you get to the beach…. On that note, you’ll probably also notice the sun damage we beachgoers seem to have! I remember when I first moved to the coast (from Orlando) I was shocked at all the leathery skin on relatively young and stylish women. That sun does feel so good though…

      I have 4 pairs of nude heels in various heights/small differences. I prefer to keep my toes covered for any out of office appointments, but rarely wear a suit jacket anymore. Overall, the style is much more casual. I work with employers in various industries, and I even see open toed shoes on physicians and lawyers…

      What part of South Florida are you in exactly?! I hope you love it! People I meet that move here from the NE generally love how much more social you can be year round because of the more forgiving climate. I also think FL is good with newcomers because people seem to move in and out of the state often, making it easier to make new adults friends!

    • Meredith says...

      I’m in the Fort Lauderdale area, but work a bit north in Deerfield Beach. As you say, I’m seeing a lot of sandals and strappy heels at work – as someone who has gotten one pedicure in her life, I’m clearly going to need to make a mindset shift! That said, my style skews moto-corporate (professional with a bit of edge/grunge), so it’s hard for me to think about giving up my booties :)

      As far as whether I love it…the jury is still out. It’s only been six months or so, so I’m still very much settling into the new geography and job. My interests have always skewed outdoors-y (and oriented towards mountains in particular – hiking, climbing, skiing, etc), so I’m finding that I need to shift my interests quite a bit. Haven’t made any adult friends here yet, so if you have any tips, on finding down-to-earth people, I’d love to hear!

  72. Patty says...

    I loved this post!! I used to read Erica’s blog, A History of Architecture, and actually found out about Cup of Jo through Erica’s blog back in 2006!! I’ve been reading ever since!!

  73. Michele says...

    Best week of outfits EVER. And yay for a fellow Torontonian!

  74. A Martin says...

    Ok so the COS purse and lucite ring are now on my wishlist that I compile for “gift ideas” that I provide to my main squeeze 😬 We already have our holiday gifts ready buuuuut….Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

    • Sarah says...

      I LOVE that ring! I’ve been on a google hunt for something similar

  75. CL says...

    I also just wanted to add that the photography of this week of outfits is beautiful and really speaks to me. I particularly love the lighting in the one of Erica leaning over the tower of books. And the composition of the one of her in the market with the food cans!!!

  76. Ray says...

    Yes to all of above!
    Except for the fact I can’t make up my mind about how I feel about belt bags/fanny packs.
    Perhaps because I imagine I will end up looking like a 80’s dad¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    tips anyone?

  77. Susana says...

    Loved the outfits! I just cannot seem to get on board with the trend of wearing fanny pack bags as crossbody bags it looks awkward to me

  78. Bonnie says...

    Amazing ! This is so good. Erica is goals.

  79. Erin says...

    U OF T PRIDE!!!!!

  80. Sam says...

    I love all of these outfits! You’ve got a great sense of proportions, and how to make each piece work together.

    I also appreciate seeing that you wear tights with cropped pants – I’ve been wondering how to style mine this winter. Thanks!

  81. Holy crap I never would have thought of keeping my Baggu together with a carabiner! GENIUS!!!

  82. Hannah says...

    I didn’t think I could love COS anymore. She worked in the pieces beautifully!

  83. jeannie says...

    What great taste! I really love that jumpsuit on her!

  84. elke says...

    Possibly my fave week of outfits ever (although, truly, so many fantastic women and outfits are featured on this site, it’s hard to choose).

    My questions are – how does she keep her white bag white? I love it’s simple shape and the color gives it that extra oomph – but… how? Asking for a friend who is me who has a gorgeous structural white leather bag that I love but also know if I wear it all the time it will soon be white in the same way my dog is white i.e. usually dirty. Also, where does she keep her Baggus? Do they fit in the little bag or she carries them separately?

    Thanks for another great week of outfits :)

    • Erica says...

      Hi! Honestly the bag stays clean with just a quick damp cloth wipe, it’s really easy to take care of. My baggus stay in their little pouches. The tag is a loop, so I can attach them to a caribiner

  85. Jane says...

    I really really loved this week of outfits. I love how the jumpsuit is such a happy piece and it makes me want to try on something different than my usual choices.

  86. Carrie says...

    What’s even more amazing than her outfits is the way she thinks about them. She has a very interesting mind. I would love to read much more from her. Fascinating woman. (and I was already a follower on IG because she dresses badass)

  87. Elaine says...

    Are the scarf and the shawl the same item? So cute.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! from COS. so cute, i love the different ways she wears them.

  88. Amanda says...

    P.S. The co-founder of Horses Atelier (designer of the gorgeous pink jumpsuit) is Claudia Dey. She wrote Heartbreaker, which Caroline reviewed in this post: https://cupofjo.com/2018/10/best-books-fall-2018/ (The other co-founder is Heidi Sopinka, who also wrote a beautiful novel, The Dictionary of Animal Languages.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i didn’t know that. omg, what a talent!

  89. Danielle Schroeder says...

    So great to Erica on here. I’ve been following her since her blogging days-over a decade ago (!). I discovered so many brands through her. I remember that bought my first Steven Alan shirt from a buy sell blogspot that she ran. It’s so crazy to think of how longstanding blogs turned instagram accounts are. Longer than many of my “real life” relationships!

  90. Ro says...

    I love this: “I tend to do that throughout the day — just rearrange myself a bit to reveal another part of my outfit.” I never thought of outfits that way! Mine always seem set in stone once I put them on, and I make an effort to keep them in place. But I love the idea of revealing new things and letting them change as they day goes on.

  91. Kristin says...

    I love how not only do I enjoy seeing the outfits, but I feel as if I want to be friends with every woman you feature. Such great women out there in the world!

  92. Denise says...

    I especially like the way she feels about the pink coveralls. How they seemed odd at first and then she tweaked the look to become the most her she’s ever been. What a great way to describe personal style! I want clothes that make me the most me I’ve ever been too.

  93. Liz says...

    I looove Erica — been a long time reader of her blog/instagram. She’s the best!! classy as f, stylish as f, seems like someone who’d be a great friend

  94. Teresa says...

    Great outfit post! Love her style, and as a fellow Torontonian, great to see local shots and stores mentioned!

    • Yess! Hello, fellow Torontonians!

    • Toronto Represents!

    • Lauren says...

      Ditto! Love this feature and it’s nice to see local spots in TO get a shoutout :)

    • Sara says...

      Loved this week if outfits and the wonderful way Erica mixes and matches. And yay – Toronto. Nice to see so many photos of home.

    • jaime says...

      T dotttttt (I’m in the 519 now, but will forever miss Toronto)

  95. Ellen W. says...

    Love Erica – her style and ethos are amazing!

  96. Kristin says...

    Ah, I’ve been following Erica for years- I’m so excited to see her featured here!

  97. Katie says...

    Ah! I’ve followed her on Insta for a while. So chic! How is she so chic? I love her approach to style.

  98. Melissa says...

    Yay! So excited to see my university and my neighbourhood featured on CoJ! (That and knowing exactly where I can find some of Erica’s great things!)

  99. Sam says...

    Ah I love this! Especially since I’m a professor, too! :)

  100. bridget says...

    i aspire to dress this way! comfortable, versatile, WARM, and so so chic. bookmarking this for future wardrobe inspiration. i love her!

    • Kelly says...

      Yes! Showing someone dressing stylishly in a cold environment. Inspiration for those of us not willing to do bare ankles.

    • Rae says...

      I too came to mention my appreciation of chic, warm dressing. I live in a cold, college town so Erica’s style really spoke to me!

  101. Every time I see “week of outfits” I basically shout “WEEK OF OUTFITS!!!!” Glad this time I was in my apartment and not on the subway ;) Love the cropped look, and always great to see a lady who dresses for herself and no one else! <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      :) :) :)

  102. pink jumpsuit as a power suit = yessssssssss

  103. I think I’ve found my style icon! I love everything about her.

  104. Meredith Jones says...

    LOVE the pink jumpsuit! (even though I’m inclined to call that style coveralls, lol) For folks looking for additional jumpsuit/coverall ideas, be sure to checkout Handyma’am Goods. Work wear designed by women for women and made in the USA! https://handymaamgoods.com

    PS: I bet the founder, Bella Weinstein, would be a fantastic feature for a future post! :)

  105. Annie says...

    Oh man. This is so amazing. I love getting introduced to new amazing women! I would really like to riff off of all of these outfits please. Thank you! and hooray Toronto!

    • Heather says...

      I like the idea of riffing on someone else’s great fashion – not copying, but drawing inspiration and making it your own!

  106. di says...

    I love this so much.
    She looks completely comfortable in her skin and her fashion and it looks like you just caught her in the midst of her daily life, and she’s dressing for no one but herself.
    Love the cropped pants look- always assumed they wouldn’t work for me, but looking into them now :)

  107. Kelly says...

    This is the most I’ve ever loved a set of outfits. I’ve found my new fashion idol.

  108. R says...

    Love her style! Thanks for sharing

  109. Kate says...

    I love this feature so much. If I passed Erica on the street, I’d be so awed by her chic-ness that I’d never guess she sometimes wants a power outfit to bring out her best at work or considers wearing a bulky sweater to balance a form-fitting skirt. I would think, those shoes are gorgeous, she probably has zillions of elegant shoes just like it at home, when really they were a splurge and a staple item! I feel so connected to the women you feature because we all think about these things when we think about what to wear. Plus, you find really lovely humans to share. Thanks for the great series!

  110. Carly Watt says...

    Erica is an instagram fave, total babe-aroni and from my hometown to boot! Love this, love her!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “babe-aroni” = yes!

    • annie says...

      why have i never used the term BABE-ARONI BEFORE?

  111. Cynthia Miller says...

    Your power in that pink jumpsuit is completely clear, even through the picture.
    I need a powerful grading outfit- I’m a prof, too- I do have some @ss-kicking boots that I wear to be really powerful when it’s needed!

  112. Love this! I so appreciate how many of the interviewees have shared moments where style and self-reflection meet. Having perspective on matching your inner self to your outer self is such a gift and I love reading about them! It’s ok to want clothes to make you feel like YOU! Love these looks and your commentary, Erica!

  113. Erica is my own personal fashion icon. I followed her blog back in the day and check her instagram religiously. She is so down to earth and approachable and fun with her style — I also personally love that she never bought into the influencer life (not that there is anything wrong with influencers; it’s just nice to see her keeping a hobby a hobby). Thank you for featuring her!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i’ve always loved her so much, too!

    • Laura says...

      Same same same. She’s fun but also super elegant. It feels like there is actually some thought behind her dressing, without it being unapproachable. I love to follow her on IG.

    • Kelly McCartney says...

      Hi,
      What is her IG account. I can’t find her? Love her too!!! 😍

  114. Joyce says...

    As someone who has followed her for years and years, I am so thrilled to see Erica featured here. She has such a smart eye for putting together outfits that are always chic with interesting/unexpected details.

  115. Calla Martyn says...

    Wow I love her style! And I especially love the way she talks about how certain outfits make her feel, it’s so important. Now I want to find my own version of a pink jumpsuit for a pick-me-up on tough days!

  116. Shannon says...

    What incredible, diverse style – even in a fairly traditional profession. An inspiration for me to shake it up in the new year! I especially love that she was wearing the same (great) boots in every look. You don’t need a closet full of shoes to look great everyday… an important reminder especially considering the impact our wardrobe choices make on the environment…

  117. Elizabeth says...

    Her outfits are amazing! I work in academia, too…but somehow I can’t imagine being able to pull off that jumpsuit. I wish I could, though!

  118. Elisabeth says...

    I LOVE her style!

  119. Angela Higham says...

    YEAH! Toronto represent, love this all!

  120. Susan says...

    Love her! I sold clothes through her laws of general economy site which I thought and still think is brilliant! Her blog was also super fun to read. Thanks for this!

    • alison says...

      YES! I had that site bookmarked for so long but was always too scared to press the button – but learned about so many designers from her over the years!