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A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Sukhie Patel is a global security consultant in Seattle. “My industry is very male dominated, and I’ve gone weeks without interacting with another woman at work,” she says. She also does letterpress printmaking, as well as cooking and backpacking, on the side. Here, Sukhie talks about power suits and where to get the world’s best curly hair cut…

Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Dress: Zuri, from Hello Momo. Coat: JNBY, similar. Shoes: Louise et Cie, similar. Head wrap: Velouria. Earrings: The Salt Empire. Watch: Larsson & Jennings.

“This dress has a print from Kenya. My mom is from Uganda, and my dad is from Kenya. I was born in India, adopted by my parents and then moved to Seattle. So, I was raised among these different cultures. And the older I get, the more I find myself reaching for them and being unabashedly brown. It just feels right and incredibly true to myself. This dress is a massive tent with massive pockets, and even when it’s wrinkled it doesn’t look wrinkled. The coat is by a Chinese brand. It feels like a cape, like you could maybe go to Hogwarts in it.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

“This head wrap helps protect my curly hair. When you’re a kid, your parents and grandparents tell you how to take care of your hair, but you’re like, ugh, I don’t want to do that! But now once a week, I use different oils, like castor oil, which is good for growth. My curly mane is one of my favorite things about myself. For Seattle-ites: Julia at Bang Salon gives the best curly hair cut in the world.”

Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Shirt: J. Crew (on eBay). Pants: J. Crew (on eBay). Heels: Sam Edelman. Lipstick: NARS Heatwave.

“I love these comfy Sam Edelman heels — I can run for a bus in them. Stretching out your foot with a tennis ball at the end of the day is great, too, since you carry so much tension in your feet.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

“I have really small breasts. I remember in college I was self-conscious and would go to Victoria’s Secret and get padded bras, and it was like wearing a brick on your chest. Now I wear Nippies, silicon covers, under T-shirts and dresses. They’re seamless and reusable and just go over your nipple. They’re also my go-to for travel.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Blouse: Joie. Jeans: Zebra Club, similar. Belt: Madewell. Watch: Larsson & Jennings.

“Lenny’s is the official dive bar of my twenties. I’ve taken first dates, I’ve gone through major breakups, I’ve had business negotiations. The bartenders have seen me in the whole emotional range! This shirt reminds me of Beyoncé’s dress in her Lemonade video. I feel like I can channel her energy. Vibrant orange is a flattering color for people with darker skin tones.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Coat: All Saints. Boots: vintage. Ring: Karazi Designs.

“These boots are a prized possession. If I had to grab one thing from a burning building — aside from my cat — it would be these. I have small feet (size 4 1/2), and I’ll find great shoes like this at thrift shops because other people don’t fit into them.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Suit: Dries Van Noten, similar. Shoes: Marc Fisher, similar. Earrings: Cargo.

“I have a hard time smiling in this suit. This suit is my way of saying I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me. My industry is very male dominated, and sometimes I’ve been the only woman working in the entire company. Carving out a path for other underrepresented folks is important to me. I try to engage as much as possible with local communities — colleges or domestic violence shelters — to ensure that I’m paying it forward. I always think of Toni Morrison’s quote: ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.'”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

Flannel shirt: vintage. Corduroy pants: Topshop. Shoes: Trotters.

“My hobbies — printmaking, classical guitar, backpacking and cooking — keep me sane. I volunteer and help teach letterpress at the School of Visual Concepts. I love getting inky and sending wood chips flying. When you have a computer-driven job, it’s gratifying to do something tactile.”

A Week of Outfits: Sukhie Patel

“Around the machines, I need practical attire — my nails have to be short, and I have to wear closed-toed shoes and comfy clothes. These Topshop corduroys feel so good, and they’re dark enough to wipe my hands on. This shirt is vintage. I love that Seattle is super casual — people go to the opera in their flannel shirts!”

Thank you so much, Sukhie. xoxo

P.S. More women share their week of outfits, including a lawyer in Denver and Maine antique dealer.

(Photos by Belathée for Cup of Jo.)

  1. It’s so inspiring to see a Seattleite go all out in color! Outfits are on point, and that Tom Morrison quote is everything. Also, thanks for the tip about where to get a curly hair-do, in Seattle Sukhie!

  2. Kat says...

    Holy heck she’s gorgeous. I’m obsessed with her yellow dress!

  3. Sarah says...

    Gosh, I love her style, her hobbies, her attitude on life. What a fabulous woman to feature.

  4. This woman is almost unbearably beautiful.

  5. NJ says...

    My mom used to teach at the School of Visual Concepts, too!

  6. rjc says...

    How inspiring. I love this woman’s zest for life and that she strides forth with social justice in her pocket. If I lived in Seattle, I’d be enrolling in a letterpress class damn quick. Love from Melbourne, Australia xx

  7. Molly says...

    Wow, how inspiring and badass and beautiful.

  8. Kate says...

    Oh my god, who is this goddess? She is too beautiful to be real!!!

  9. Sarz says...

    I feel as though it undermines her many other awesome qualities to focus on this, but gosh, she’s just distractingly gorgeous! Style *and* substance? Alright, there’s proof. As a fellow curly-tressed gal, of course I was reading extra-attentively through those haircare tips, too.
    So much to admire!

  10. Lucy says...

    Wow! Truly inspirational. I love what she said about the blouse channeling Boyonce. I tried for months to find a blouse that would channel that fierceness. I never found it, back to looking, but this time I will try and channel Sukie Patel.

  11. Nik says...

    I cannot believe Leny’s Place made it on COJ. That is amazing! :)

  12. Dana says...

    As a lover of big earrings, I adore all of hers in this post! She is beautiful, thoughtful, intelligent and certainly stylish!

  13. I recognized that Zuri dress right away – I have 3 of them and they convert from dress to tunic to jacket to skirt. They have a really great newsletter too, where they recommend reading or music + other fun things.

  14. Emily says...

    Love love love!

  15. txilibrin says...

    Any GOOD hairdressers for curly hair in Boston? Thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask…

  16. Chrissy says...

    She is lovely!

  17. Patricia says...

    Beauty uniform please! We need to learn more about her hair :)

    • Denise says...

      YES PLEASE!!!

    • Luz says...

      Yes! Also that lipstick color!

  18. Laura says...

    Where do you always find those BEAUTIFUL women, Joanna? Or are all security consultants stylish and gorgeous?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      She’s a long-time Cup of Jo reader whom I was chatting with on Instagram, and when I suggested a week of outfits, I was so glad she said yes!!

  19. Mekhala says...

    What a gorgeous elegant lady and love her style so much! Love that she pays homage to her cultural background in her first stunning dress!

  20. Sumita says...

    totally second that, please do a beauty uniform.

  21. Gorgeous and badass!

    • Johanna says...

      YES!!

  22. Elise says...

    Yay Seattle! I have been looking for a great curly hair stylist here and will definitely check out Bang!

  23. Diana says...

    Beauty Uniform please !!!

  24. Christie says...

    I’m loving that dress in the first clip! This piece is definitely an example of style. Beautiful in every way.

  25. Kate says...

    Beautiful woman – inside and out!

  26. Lucy says...

    This woman is FIERCE.

  27. Lily says...

    Beautiful and Badass!!
    Girl crush.
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

  28. Marti says...

    I think she’s my long lost best friend! I have my degree in letterpress and am currently learning classical guitar! But also, she just exudes power, confidence, and femininity. What a killer post. I’m inspired!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Marti! so cool! Where is your degree from? Is learning classical guitar a lesson in perpetual humility for you the same way it is for me, or are you more naturally inclined? I grew up playing classical piano, and aside from the theory, none of the skills seem to transfer over! :,(

  29. Claire says...

    Beautiful woman, and she has fabulous style, and really great experiences and wisdom to share about how to get things done and be a boss babe. Love the oxfords, the white coat, the vintage flannel shirt, and high five on the cowboy boots! ( all due respect, but I would not try to run for a bus in those heels though. )

  30. Jen says...

    Wow this woman is SO GORGEOUS

  31. Robin Algaze says...

    Agreed on how truly glorious this woman is! I love the week in outfits series – and – would love a deeper dive or new segment – “Who she is, what she does and the path that got her here!!!” So inspiring – thank you!!!

    • Emily Chang says...

      Fully agree because I just tried to find Sukhie’s LinkedIn to learn more about her career path. Love her style and (based on her Instagram) we have eerily similar taste in books! I love that, despite the segment officially being “A Week of Outfits,” we get to learn a little bit of everything about these women.

  32. Jessica says...

    OK, you can’t just leave us hanging on her job! That sounds fascinating and she says nothing about it!
    Is she a *securities* consultant, as in financial investments? Or a security consultant as in figuring out body guards and travel logistics for important people? Or a security consultant like protecting your software mainfraimes from hackers?
    None of these things are usual career paths.
    There are so many possibilities!
    TELL US MORE!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Aw thanks, Jessica! I work at the global intersection of technology and security. This is a fancy way of saying that I develop technological and operational solutions for physical, cyber, and geopolitical security challenges. On the best days, for example, this can mean leveraging facial recognition and machine learning to prevent domestic violence attacks at workplaces. Much of non-work efforts philosophically center around inclusivity, accessibility, and community building, which leaves a whole set of ethical challenges. Security is inherently about restriction and controlling access. I want to tackle how communities organize and ensure transparency and access to power when operating in a society that is simultaneously constrained and empowered by technology.

    • Jessica says...

      Duuuuuuuude, Sukhie, everything you say makes me want to know more. Once you unpacked the terminology and used the example – facial recognition to prevent domestic violence?! Like domestic terrorism or partner abuse? And where else does this apply?! What other projects have you worked on? I see what you mean about ethical quandaries!
      Anyhow, I guess all this is to say I would TOTALLY listen to your TED talk.

  33. Cait says...

    Favorite week of outfits EVER. Hands Down. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a beauty uniform profile on her!

  34. Kate says...

    I work in a similar industry, and I am wholly tempted to learn how to cross-stitch, cross-stitch this quote, and hang it in my office: “I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me.”

  35. NN says...

    AMAZING!

    Love the Toni Morrison quote – so inspiring.

  36. Nina says...

    Well, she is beautiful. AND I love these quotes – I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me.

    Toni Morrison’s quote: ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”

  37. Courtney says...

    F*ck yeah! This bad ass fellow Seattleite is incredible – kicking a$s and taking names professionally while also helping dispel the widely held belief that the only thing we know how to wear here is Gortex and rain boots! One of my favorite Cup of Jo profiles ever!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Courtney, I do have a lot of gortex and down puffy vests tbh :/

  38. She’s so gorgeous!

  39. Jordan Carter says...

    “unabashedly brown” made me tear up at my office! CoJ, I love you for your commitment to all sorts of diversity. And I will echo others when I exclaim that Sukhie is radiant, inside and out!!

  40. Emily says...

    She could wear paper bags and still be stunning. Wow! Love all of this.

  41. Obsessed with how GORGEOUS her face is! What a stunning girl!

  42. Callie says...

    I can only say what the others have said: this woman is simply stunning in every way. Her face and her personality are so captivating. I am in love with her. I hope she reads these comments and feels as special as we all find her!

  43. Lee says...

    She is gorgeous! I’m envious of her hair, skin, style and mostly her small boobs!

    • ks says...

      Amen, sister. I feel like little else has changed how I dress more than the size of my bust. Would love to see a COJ post on how to dress – – and find button down shirts that don’t gape! – – when you have a significant bust. Srsly.

  44. Claire says...

    ohhhhhh wow. How beautiful?!?!
    And every outfit is perfect.

  45. J says...

    Beauty uniform, please! Sukhie radiates warmth, and I love seeing more women of color featured on CoJ.

  46. Abbey says...

    Hi. I’m in love. Ok bye.

  47. Fernanda Abreu says...

    So so beautiful and powerfull. Can we have a beauty uniform? Please :)

    • Callie says...

      Yes PLEASE, beauty uniform with her! I’m in love with this woman!

  48. Carolyn says...

    Whoa, the photography on this post is SO good. Inspired! Nice work, Belathee!

    • Lauren says...

      Wanted to comment to say this!

  49. Adrianna Brackenreed says...

    Oh my goodness. I want to be her when I grow up!!

  50. Erica Bishop says...

    “This suit is my way of saying I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me.”

    I need to find me a piece of attire that channels this. Holy hell.

    • Sara says...

      I needed this quote in my life today. So so so good!

  51. Laura C. says...

    I love the first outfit. I wish I could wear those bright colours so boldly! (I’m on my way)
    But my question is, how does she do for having those immaculate, white teeth?? I have seen in general, American ladies have very white teeth. Please share your secret :)

    • Amy says...

      Do you have whitening toothpaste and strips where you live? Most Americans I know (including myself) use those. Also getting braces for cosmetic reasons in your teens is extremely common here, I feel like everyone in my middle school had braces!

    • Laura C. says...

      @Amy, hello there, yes I tried whitening strips last year but they didn’t do a great job. I use whitening toothpaste as well. I know I am a long-term coffee addict, but that level of whitness that I usually notice on lots of American ladies is amazing and unachievable!
      Thanks for your answer :)

    • Alisha says...

      Hi Laura,

      I would say the most effective and longest lasting whitening is achieved with bleach trays custom made by your dentist. Mine charges around $200 for the trays and several containers of gel. Best of luck!

    • madeleine says...

      the answer is an F-word:

      FLOSS. FLOSS. FLOSS.
      religiously.

      – brushing after every meal also helps
      – gargling with salt water every night also helps

  52. Besty says...

    “unabashedly brown”

    Get it, girl.

    Love her.

  53. arielle says...

    I COULD NOT LOVE THIS MORE!! (all caps was necessary, it was that good)

  54. Debra says...

    We need her to do a Beauty routine post ! Skin and Hair!

  55. Ellen W says...

    What a stunning and awe inspiring woman!

  56. Luica says...

    I so so so love this. Favorite by far.

  57. Robbersoup says...

    “Unabashedly brown”!! Seriously, she should start an Etsy shop selling t shirts that say that. I love it so much! As a first generation Indian American, I struggle with my browness. I need to just embrace it! Life changing post. And her power suit! She rocks.

  58. Alison says...

    LOVE her style!!!

  59. Betsy says...

    Suhkie is stunningly beautiful!

  60. liz says...

    so gorgeous!! love her style — where did she get that bad ass apron?

    • Franny Eremin says...

      She doesn’t remember! But here is a similar option: http://tidd.ly/dc1ea85d

    • Michelle says...

      That was my question too. Found myself googling “work apron with an h logo.” Thanks for asking.

  61. I need a beauty uniform from her too please!!

  62. Tess says...

    Absolutely love this profile. Sukhie and her Toni Morrison quote are inspiring me today!

  63. Kristy says...

    Every single time I read the AWOO or Beauty Uniform I think “Ok no, THIS ONE is my favorite.” They are always so good. What a cool, kick-ass woman.

    • Erica Bishop says...

      Same.

    • Jordan Carter says...

      Same!!

  64. Jo says...

    Sukhie has the most fantastic style! I have curly hair, very much like hers. I would love to wear head wraps but, as a white woman, is that OK? I want to be sensitive to cultural appropriation and feel awkward even asking this question.

    • Katrin says...

      I would say of course you can! If it suits you and you love the style, just do it! There‘s no prohibition to be inspired by outfits and styles of other cultures – that‘s what people have always done. Imagine how boring it would be if no one ever took inspiration from other cultures. To me, this prohibition of „cultural appropriation“ seems quite totalitarian and wrong. It‘s not like you‘d wear it as a costume, you‘d wear it as „you“ and because you feel like yourself in it. Just my two cents:).

    • Ella says...

      As a woman who covers for religious reasons I find it uncomfortable when people will mimick our hair covering styles just for fashion. I don’t think wearing a scarf in your hair as a headband or something like that is an issue- but I don’t think it’s appropriate to wear it in the identical style of any other culture or religion that you don’t belong to. There’s so many creative and great ways to use a scarf as a hair accessory I don’t think you need to dapple in appropriation to get the vibe you’re going for.

    • Nas says...

      This is such an interesting topic/question. It would be cool if the CoJ community could dive into it a little deeper. Jo, I too have curly hair – much tighter curls than Sukhie’s – and don’t know if I can wear a head wrap… respectfully. I’d love to toss my hair up and cover up the frizzies some days because it just looks like a mess, especially when I haven’t gotten to washing it, and a headwrap could maybe make some of my protective styles look more stylish, but as a mixed woman (Persian/African American, like Yara Shahidi – same skin tone, same hair), who does not identify with African American OR Persian culture, and with a hell of a lot of white privilege growing up (my dad can pass as white) — I feel like I can’t wear a head scarf or wrap without my friends who are black throwing me under the bus for it.

      I’ve always been not quite Black enough. Not nearly Persian enough. Definitely not White. And barely American (I grew up in Bangkok and in Germany).

      Cultural Appropriation is tricky, even for someone who has brown skin and kinky curls. I’d love to wrap my hair, but I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel authentic.

      Can we have a talk about this because I GET IT, but I also really don’t. Especially when you throw in people of multicultural backgrounds who identify in ways that don’t reflect how others might label them. Like, if Sukhie was white, with the same curly hair, adopted into an African family, would it be okay for her to wear the headwraps? I would think so. But I could imagine that some people would be a hard no.

    • Jo says...

      Thank you all so so much. These answers are exactly why I asked.

    • Johanna says...

      I know where you’re coming from. I did some research on my end and wound up feeling like, no, it wasn’t for me.

      I do feel safe with a headband and all my messy curls piled up into a bun. It would be easiest if I could just make peace with the fact that my hair rarely looks “polished” but that sort of self-adjustment be a struggle!

    • Fernanda Abreu says...

      This is a big issue here in Brazil, the nation of interracial families. I find this so interesting. I would love to read more about it.

    • Cait says...

      Ok, as a white lady who works a lot on West Africa topics and has traveled extensively throughout North and West Africa, I’m going to ask more questions here.

      I totally get why I should not wrap my hair like the styles shown in the Man Repeller article that was linked here – got it.

      But – there is a gray area between that style of wrap and a headband, and that’s where I have confusion. When I’ve been out in West Africa (Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, etc) the women there have been so excited to share their fashion and style with me, encouraged me to buy and wear their clothing (some of that is obviously driven by the desire for money, I understand) but as a very pale blonde woman they still express encouragement and delight at me wanting to emulate them.

      I deeply respect the culture and people and don’t look at it as a “fad.” But I’ve been super nervous to wear anything like it in the States for fear that without that background, people will look at me like I’m appropriating and so I don’t do it out of fear of offending someone – which I for sure don’t want to do.
      Does this not somewhat hold us back as a society, though? I’m not trying to make money off of it, or exploit it in any way. I am totally open to people who disagree with me on this (and genuinely want to hear people’s thoughts) but it’s definitely something I struggle with.

  65. this is one very inspiring post, from a fashion and lifestyle and feminist perspective . . . All the things!

  66. Emily AC says...

    Incredible style!

    Note : the yellow “tent” dress that doesn’t get wrinkled is made by Zuri, a really cool company founded by two women. If you want more color and good vibes in your life, you have to check them out!

    • Yes to Zuri! They are a great company, one of the founders is a WOC who used to be a baker, crazy enough. Sukhie bought hers from my little shop, Momo in Japantown, Seattle. Come try one on for size, and once you know what size you wear, you can easily buy online — they have a great website — or maybe you’d like one of our picks. So many to choose from! Thank you for this lovely post, each photo tells a story.

  67. Tammy says...

    That dress might be from Hello Momo but it’s by Zuri, a company based in Nairobi that sources the fabrics locally, and produces the clothes in Kenya, providing fair wages and helping support the community’s economy.

    I have the same dress that Sukhie is wearing. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you!!

    • AK says...

      CoJ, how about a week of outfits or a home tour from the Zuri girls?!

    • Maggie says...

      Me too, Tammy! It was my first of many!

  68. Tiffany A Nelson says...

    Curly hair for the win. Straight hairs fun too! No shade intended :)

  69. Clare says...

    Reading this is an absolute joy.

  70. Em says...

    Fellow girl with small breasts here! I have yet to find the confidence to go bra-less and just wear something like Nippies. You’ve given me a little inspiration to try to accept myself (and embrace comfort!).

    • Katrin says...

      Haha, me too here. But I actually find it more comfortable to wear bras than to not wear them. But yes, padding isn‘t so comfy. I only wear padded bras if I really need to be on the safe side of the nipple thing;-).

  71. Annabel says...

    this woman is amazing in every single way!

  72. WoW I love her style, I’m in love with all the outfit especially jumpsuits:D

  73. Anna Cohen says...

    She is possibly the most gorgeous person I have ever seen – I think I’ve fallen in love a bit!!!

  74. Mónica says...

    Oh my God, I live in Portugal and want to jump on a plane, travel to Seattle, and get my haircut by Julia asap! Failing that, could Sukhie share the hair products she uses? P.S – what an incredibly amazing woman!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Hello Monica,
      I use Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash, with an occasional Apple Cider Vinegar/Tea Tree Oil scalp cleanse. I use Evo Whip It Good Mousse and an R&Co leave in moisturizer High Dive. Its more about technique! If you follow me on Instagram and message me, I can chat with you more about technique, all of which I learned from Julia!

    • Michelle says...

      Yes! It is so so so rare to see a woman with curls similar to mine being represented ANYWHERE. Thank you!!!

  75. WMom says...

    Do you mean Leny’s in Wallingford? It was my dive bar of my 20tys (back in the 90tys)… If we are talking about the same place… it was great. So much fun! I always felt so relaxed and comfortable there. Your mention of if brought back many fun memories for me. Thank you!

  76. gfy says...

    Everything everyone else has said about how great she is x2, plus: what about that incredible apron?? I don’t see credit for it so it must be unavailable but it is so cool.

  77. A Martin says...

    That first dress! Her hair! Ahh I want to go shopping at Hello Momo followed by a haircut at Bang! What an inspiring young woman!! I LOVE her style and life philosophy.

    • Amy says...

      You can go shopping at Zuri, online, for that dress — it’s an awesome label run by two awesome women. I have two dresses and love them.

    • Yes – go online to Zuri! I just got my first one (in the shitaake pattern) and I’m in love :) i recognized that this was a Zuri dress from the cover photo peek immediately.

  78. Lea says...

    Incredible!

  79. Vicky Romero says...

    Such an awe-inspiring woman! Thanks for sharing your story and your talents with us

  80. Rebecca says...

    The photographer did an amazing job on capturing this amazing woman!

  81. rach says...

    she is gorgeous! inside and out! get, it, girl! I also work in a very male dominated profession (law enforcement) and really appreciate still keeping femininity and grace while being strong and a force to be reckoned with!

  82. Such a treat to photograph and meet Sukhie for this story.. first we had coffee then beer at Lenny’s and shared lots of laughs in between.
    Thanks for connecting us, Joanna!

  83. Britt says...

    Thank you CoJ for consistently posting such inspiring women, career and fashion wise! I love seeing my hometown featured :)

  84. Katie says...

    Do you ever have extra images that don’t make the cut for the blog that could be posted to Instagram stories or somewhere? I always leave these posts wanting more ❤

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes dozens! We will post some today! @cupofjo xoxo

    • Katie says...

      Yesssssss so excited!!!! 😍

  85. What a gorgeous person, inside and out!!!! Inspiring.

  86. Rachael says...

    How does every single Week of Outfits post leave me thinking that this woman is the most amazing ever and how can you possible top it next time—and yet you do!!! Love that Sukhie is totally killing it in every aspect of her life. And I LOVE that she has such great hobbies—too often we conflate success with being 100% focused on professional career-type success, and it’s the hobbies that keep us sane!

  87. What an amazing, refreshing human. Loved the pictures and her sense of style…after reading, was even more impressed:
    ‘the older I get, the more I find myself…being unabashedly brown’.
    ‘This suit is my way of saying I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake’
    :-)

  88. Robin says...

    That Toni Morrison quote! I haven’t volunteered or done any community work outside some workplace events since my kids were born. Got to get serious about sharing all the gifts I have been privileged to receive. Thank you!!

  89. kim says...

    This woman is amazing. Stunning. Inspiring. Wow.

    And are you just nailing the content this week or what?!

  90. Kristin says...

    OMG if I wasn’t straight and married I would fall in love with you! That Toni Morrison quote could not be more relevant today.

  91. MKW says...

    Goodness. This beautiful woman is firing with both sides of her brain. I love it. And. She has my dream hair.

    • Heather says...

      “firing with both sides of her brain” — I love that!!!

  92. Sheila says...

    I adore Sukhie and love that she represents Seattle well!! She’s stunning and has classic style. I hope to take one of her SVC classes soon!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Sheila, we would love to have you join us at SVC! Feel free to reach out any time via Instagram or simply check out the SVC website to see what classes are being offered! All of our instructors are truly stellar people. Hope to get to print with you soon! <3

  93. Katie says...

    What great style! Where does she find shoes?? I wear size 5 and it can be so challenging!!

    • My question too!!! Size 5 is ridiculously hard. I buy my heels from Pakistan. I really want to know where she buys her heels and shoes from! My feet Are also v narrow. How tall.is Sukhie? I was wondering too!

    • Sukhie says...

      Hello, Sukhie here! :) I’m 5’4! I buy a lot of my shoes from Nordstroms from their under 6 over 9 sale (I can’t remember the size range. Basically large and small shoes). They have a great return policy, so if the shoes are still too large or aren’t comfy, I can return them. Same goes for Nordstrom Rack. Hope this helps! Filtering by size stops me for pining for shoes that wont fit. Also, vintage shoes are often small. I have a cobbler who cares for my shoes so they’ll last a lifetime, and I get vintage shoes re-soled/heeled and new inserts put in for comfort.

  94. Cynthia says...

    She’s amazing! I love her outfits!

  95. Rebecca says...

    LOVE this lady’s style, creativity, beauty, confidence and world view. Great inspiration on a Wednesday afternoon!

  96. Megan says...

    Loved this profile. Loved Sukhie, her attitude, her style, her fearlessness and sense of self. I want to be like her when I grow up, and I’m in my 30s, ha.

  97. Eva says...

    So stunning, in so many ways!

  98. Danielle says...

    This woman is so cool. Wow – what a dream wardrobe and attitude!

  99. Annabelle says...

    Need a beauty uniform, stat! Or else for her to just give her hair care rundown here in the comments 😂

  100. Sherry McLaughlin says...

    An incredibly gorgeous woman who shows that strength and intelligence are so beautiful to behold in a woman. I so admire a woman like her, strong and graceful with dignity at the same time. Love her style and that outstanding curly hair….

  101. Hilary says...

    Gorgeous, more please!! Also, are you sure she is not secretly a super model on the side???

    • Anuja says...

      I agree. So gorgeous. Can you please do a beauty uniform with Sukhie?

  102. Katherine says...

    I absolutely love her and this profile of her. Thank you so much for featuring her.

  103. hali says...

    Her smile is unreal! Beautiful post- I have such respect for women who pull off those Hogwarts capes!

  104. K says...

    Wow! These photos are exceptionally beautiful. The woman is too. She wears her power!

  105. Lindsey says...

    Ack! I love Lenny’s! Making me miss my old Greenlake neighborhood. She’s gorgeous, thanks for sharing :)

  106. lisia says...

    can you please ask Sukhie to give us her curly hair routine.. mine is very similar to hers and i really struggle with finding a routine that works..

    • Dena says...

      This, please!

    • Sophie says...

      Yes please!!!

    • Sara Campbell says...

      Agreed!

    • Rachel says...

      Yes to the curly hair routine!! Wow she’s stunning!!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      I replied to a comment above with a list of more products I use, but you’re always welcome to DM me on Instagram and I can walk you through some of the processes in more details! I learned it all from Julia, so I can’t take credit, but I love passing along the tips so we can all live our best curly girl lives ;)

  107. Mandy says...

    Love her style and outlook – what an amazing woman!

  108. Teresa says...

    Aaah I know Sukhie in real life and can confirm that she’s just as lovely and powerful (if not more so) in person! A real powerhouse of a woman.

  109. Babs says...

    Great post – and great woman! Thank you for sharing, Sukhie and CoJ.
    The company I work for is continually posting for jobs that require a background in Information Security, usually related to businesses protecting personal data (a hot topic, as you can imagine). I’ve been on the hiring panels and spoken to multiple hiring managers and we have the same experience – it’s the most male-dominated and whitest field any of us have encountered, and that’s saying something in tech. Of course, that also means there’s great opportunity for women to jump into this unfamiliar field that pays VERY well. It’s why I give my niece one continuous piece of advice: “Financial freedom gives you more of an opportunity to be altruistic and idealistic. Focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).”

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      Not surprised to hear you have similar experiences! I’m so glad you’re in those spaces and able to help make hiring decisions! That is the most key space to starting to change the industry’s diversity issues. That said, I really believe in arts, humanities, and social science education. I speak at University of Washington frequently encouraging students to pursue non-STEM degrees, or at least consider the humanities and social sciences as accompanyments to their degrees. I believe the empathy and analytical soft skills we learn in those fields are going to be in increasing demand as we move towards a more AI/ML future with workers’ skillsets being automated by technology. We can’t teach robots to empathize with a user’s experience in order to optimize a product’s design. And there is value- both monetary and otherwise- to art, beauty, other connective creations that fall outside of the realm of STEM. I just hope we can start valuing those services and creations in a way that empowers future generations to choose sustainable careers in those fields.

  110. Wow I loved this one. Her words about being “unabashedly brown”! The Toni Morrison quote! And every single one of her outfits was amazing.

  111. virginie says...

    Wow! Sukhie is a beautiful woman, I’m kind of stunned of how she rocks those prints and patterns, AND badass attitude, AND gorgeous skin and hair!

    • megs283 says...

      Yeah, she’s hitting it on all cylinders!! A career that takes guts + nerves of steel. Amazing fashion. Interesting hobbies. She seems like a superhero!

  112. Jill says...

    Wow.
    Lots of women can wear an awesome style. Lots of women are physically beautiful. Lots of women can be a badass.

    But combine the three and you’ve got Sukhie.

    Wow.

  113. Poppy says...

    i’ve tried those nippies and you know how it looked when you first started growing breasts? that’s what they look like to me. on me? like weird soft pubescent nubs visible under my shirt. right now my flat-chested go-tos are handful bras (padded, full coverage), no bra (i have breasts and nipples, deal with it), or the simplest sports bra (when i can’t deal with not having that little lift that you get from just the band)

  114. bethany says...

    “I have a hard time smiling in this suit. This suit is my way of saying I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me.”

    O.M.G. that quote. I feel that so hard, and am always in search of an outfit that will feel like armor in that way, since I work in a male-dominated tech company right now. Also, that Toni Morrison quote–so powerful. I need to print that off to keep at my desk.

  115. Cara says...

    Well she is absolutely gorgeous and I love her style!

  116. CoJ, I just have to give props for highlighting strong women of color. It’s so nice to see someone like me on the pages of your blog. Thank you.

  117. Karen says...

    Amazing! Loved seeing this.

    Sukhie must be the only person who looks great in those matching J. Crew outfits! :-)

  118. Lisa says...

    As a Seattle resident who gets her hair cut at Bang and shops at Velouria (where the hair wrap is from) I am DYING! I also feel much more inspired to dress up, as even the professional office settings are very casual. Kudos to Sukhie for expressing herself with such style!

    • ks says...

      i agree! i work in construction so admittedly have fallen into the mentally of who cares but damn gina, this woman does and she looks good doing it. Off to do some shopping!

    • Sukhie Patel says...

      So glad to hear from a fellow Seattlite! One of my top goals in this post was to highlight as many local lady-run Seattle/PNW brands, so you’ll spot Cargo, Salt Empire, Momo, Molly Debiak, a lot of jewelry bought from Horseshoe in Ballard, etc. Our community is full of women makers and movers and shakers! <3

  119. Kristin says...

    All time favorite Week Of Outfits right here! You are fabulous, Sukhie! And that Toni Morrison quote is excellent. Would love a beauty routine follow up.

  120. Jen says...

    I need a “I will put you in a blender and drink you as my breakfast protein shake if you dare to f*ck with me” power suit! Loved this and her wonderful energy.

    • Shana says...

      Yes me too! Starting my search for that suit now! :)

  121. april says...

    What a gorgeous and badass woman!

  122. Sophia F. says...

    I LOVE this. And as a Seattleite, 1) so happy to see someone wear serious color! and 2) my curls are checking out Julia at BAng riiiiight now.

  123. Meredith says...

    I want to be her when I grow up.

  124. Angela Thompson says...

    I’m wishing it was ”A month of outfits: Sukhie Patel”.
    Cup of Jo, I love you.

    • Tiffany says...

      I agree! Her style is great and she is gorgeous!

  125. Joanna says...

    I keep thinking, “How does CoJ keep finding these amazing women?” and then I realize… we’re everywhere! We are just now starting to be seen.

  126. Alexia says...

    I love her outfits! But I’m really curious about her job. What does a global security consultant do? Is this a finance job or tech… law? Really curious!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Says Sukhie: “My job verbiage: I work at the global intersection of technology and security. This is a fancy way of saying that I develop technological and operational solutions for physical, cyber, and geopolitical security challenges. (I literally have this bit memorized because I have to say it to people all.the.time. ;)”

    • Alexia says...

      Thank you for asking her! Sounds fascinating!

  127. Jessica says...

    I LOVE HER. The curls! The mixed patterns! The BOOTS! So good.

    I’m about to leave my full-time corporate job to teach yoga and lead yoga retreats and teacher training’s full-time (AKA about as close to a dream job as I can imagine! but still scary to make a big change like this) and that Toni Morrison quote is everything I need to hear right now.

  128. lesley says...

    her paragraph about work = what a FORCE! thank you for sharing a slice of your life with us, sukhie.

  129. Sol says...

    Gorgeous woman!

  130. Florencia says...

    I love everything about this woman! What a beauty, inside and out. And that quote by Toni Morrison is perfect.

  131. Tami says...

    Sukhie’s a triple threat – strong, talented and beautiful.
    She’s the kind of woman who can change the world.

    • Meredith says...

      I love the Week of Outfits feature so much! Every. Single. Time. I feel like I have made a new friend!

      CoJ team: Y’all do such a wonderful job of featuring amazing ladies I aspire to emulate for their sense of style, for their accomplishments, for the way they are each so unapologetically and beautifully themselves. . . how do you consistently find such gorgeous badass babes to feature!?! Can you please start a girl gang friend-dating app where I can find a local tribe of ladies like the ones I find here everyday? Pretty pretty please :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!! sukhie is a long-time Cup of Jo reader (before i met alex, she says!), and I recently followed her after she left a comment on instagram. once i saw how amazing she was, i reached out to feature her and i’m so glad she said yes!

    • Hahaha that is like a real life COJ Cinderella story!!! :)

  132. Jess says...

    She’s stunning! And so confidently unique. You go girl.