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A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

I met Marianne Merza two summers ago at a friend’s cookout, and her style was so outstanding, I looked forward to seeing what she’d wear at every occasion after. I loved learning more about her philosophy of ease when it comes to getting dressed. “Growing up in California, I’ve always had a very casual style, and I’ve kept that here in Brooklyn.” Here are five looks she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

Dress: Rue Saint Paul by Tach. Shoes: Target, similar. Earrings: BRWN GRLZ.

“As a critical care nurse, I’m in scrubs all day, so when I’m at home, dresses are my go-to. I love that they can be sexy and sultry and easily dressed up. These earrings are cut in the shape of the Philippine sun. They were made a Filipina artisan and educator named Gretchen Carvajal from the Bay Area, where I’m from. These earrings let me share my pride in being Filipina!”

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

Dress: Sézane. Shoes: Target. Earrings: similar. Chain necklace: Rue Saint Paul, Always Coco.

“Having a routine is important because the days are all blending together. It’s really helpful to be intentional about getting dressed instead of staying in pajamas all day.”

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

“I love to show a little skin whether it’s a plunging neckline or a bit of shoulder. It’s only been in recent years that I’ve really embraced my brown skin. At a young age, I was told to stay out of the sun so I wouldn’t get dark. Colorism exists in every culture, and in the Filipino culture having European features and fair skin is seen as beautiful. People always say to me, ‘Oh you look like you went to the beach this weekend,’ and I’m like, ‘No, this is from my 10-minute walk! This is the color that I’m supposed to be.'”

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

Dress: Zara, similar. Shoes: Tabitha Simmons. Fan earrings: Article&.

“I love taking walks around my neighborhood to little hidden shops and restaurants. I’ve always made an effort to befriend people on my street, wherever I live. My MTA teller’s name is Tyrone and, before COVID, he would always give me a hug when I got off the subway at the end of the day.”

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

Top: Madewell, similar. Jeans: Old Navy. Necklace: Sézane. Belt: Sèzane.

“This top is my favorite and I’ve had it forever. This is the look I wear the most. I like to change the boxy silhouette with a half tuck or front knot. I also like to have basics that can be easily layered and then I add a piece of jewelry or a belt to make them special.”

A Week of Outfits: Marianne Merza

Dress: Rue Saint Paul by Tysa. Shoes: & Other Stories. Necklace: Jovial Art

“Lately I’ve been exploring more sustainable clothing options, and I stumbled upon Rue Saint Paul earlier this year. Sustainable clothing can be expensive because you’re paying fair wages and choosing materials that are environmentally friendly, as well as safe working conditions for employees. But they make sustainability more accessible by offering clothing rentals and a pre-loved collection.”

“In the past, I’ve kept pieces in my closet, holding out for the right occasion, but since this year has been so grueling, I’ve been trying to create special moments for myself. This dress is something I’d now wear on a walk around my neighborhood. It’s such a special dress, but what am I waiting for? I’m going to wear it to Trader Joe’s!”

Thank you, Marianne!

P.S. More weeks of outfits, including lovely workwear and a best friend duo.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

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  1. Natasha says...

    Please do a beauty uniform post with Marianna! So happy to see a Filipina highlighted here!

  2. Tricia says...

    First-time commenter. A Filipina from Columbus, Ohio loving Marianne’s outlook and radiance. Awesome post, Cup of Jo!

  3. I’m stunned happy by this week of outfits and Marianne! I too, am a Filipina, and it is insane how many blogs I read, where I don’t EVER see myself reflected. Thank you, Cup of Jo, for your inclusion, sensitivity, and general wokeness. Where would I be without you!

    Marianne, I’m in the Bay, and I also have a set of BRWN GRLZ earrings. I’ve been mourning not being able to wear my clothes and earrings out, but this has inspired me to stop waiting, and find pleasure and joy in the little things, now.

  4. Marianne, you have awesome style! I immediately grabbed myself a Sézane dress like yours (okay, I bought it in white, too). I LOVE IT! Thank you!

  5. Kymberly says...

    She and her style is amazing. Love, love, love her attitudes!

  6. Lauren says...

    This is a silly question but I LOVE the planter in the first pic! Would love love to know where from :)

  7. Anna says...

    Long time COJ reader from the Philippines here. I feel so happy being represented. Ganda mo (You’re so beautiful), Marianne! <3

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Anna, maraming salamat! Sending big hugs from NYC!

  8. meg says...

    the human version of a breeze.

    • Marianne says...

      oh my goodness, I love this Meg. Thank you!

    • Harrym says...

      Oh, i concur…

  9. rachel simmons says...

    she is SO PRETTY!

  10. Hannah says...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

  11. Alice says...

    Wow – love her style. Clicked on all the links. Fave week of outfits so far!

  12. Aneesa Karrim says...

    Love her style and her beautiful skin colour. She radiates sun. Its winter here so no summer dresses yet.

  13. Emie says...

    I LOVE your style!!! So easy, breezy. I sent a request to follow you on IG to hopefully see more of your outfits! Thanks, Emie

  14. Alex says...

    I love Marianne’s “what am I waiting for?!? I’m wearing this to Trader Joe’s!” attitude. It is a great attitude to have right now. I have done that a few times while stuck working from home, even if I don’t even have time to do my hair or put on makeup because we also have three small kids stuck at home with us. And we let our 3 and 5 year old daughters do the same. They want to wear their fancy church dresses on a Wednesday? Sure! They’ll grow out of them before the pandemic is over anyway. We should all find little joys where we can right now.

    • Geng says...

      a beautiful Pinay! Love it!

  15. Ayse says...

    This was the best! I would like to see more!

  16. Robin says...

    Marianne you are gorgeous inside and out. I love all these looks on you but the teal dress at trader joes is my favourite. <3

    Take care.

  17. Bonnie says...

    Well, she’s doing better than I am…ever since Covid, my “outfit” has been my bathrobe until early afternoon as I work from home with four kids in the background who are either fighting, watching TV or playing Minecraft. I just tilt the camera up during meetings so no one can tell I’m not dressed…I hope. The kids stay in PJs, or just wear underwear. As long as no one is naked, it’s fine.

  18. Nina says...

    This has got to be my favorite thus far! Her style is so effortless and beautiful! Would love to see a house tour.

  19. LLBR says...

    Classics with a twist … fun, sexy, demure all at once 🧡

  20. CB says...

    Wow — what gorgeous style!!! And just wanted to recognize amazing Filipino nurses working all over the world — heroes all!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi CB! Thank you so much for reading and giving us all a shout out! Xx

  21. Laura says...

    Ugh, I love her style! Her pieces are so fun, and I like that they’re a little sexy too while looking sophisticated.

  22. Mary says...

    I love love love all your outfits. You look like a queen, and not just in the last one, in all of them. 💖💖💖

  23. Marianne says...

    Hi Jona and Lorraine! I must admit that I was quite nervous to be featured, but I am so moved by all the Filipinx and brown skin womxn who now feel seen and represented by this Week of Outfits! Thank you for the shout out!

    • isabelle says...

      The yellow dress/green shoe combo is STUNNING with your hair and skin tone! Gorgeous outfits – thanks for sharing.

  24. AJ says...

    Hey, Everyone….if you all love these dresses as much as I do, including the black dresses from the Normal People post, then head over to Rachelpally.com! They are having the most amazing sale right now on dresses just like those featured here!!!! And a big range of sizes from XS-3X plus maternity. I usually can’t spend full price from this website but most are on sale for under $100. Caftans included!!! I have nothing to do with this company, I’m just a mom and teacher with a not-so-secret passion for clothes and wanted to share. 💕

  25. Kelly says...

    Oh my gosh, that last dress! Love her style and appreciate that she talks about sustainable clothing!

  26. Marianne says...

    Abby – like Sarah, I love your comment, too! What a beautiful sight it would be to see all of us swanning in kaftans! Thank you for sharing and creating a beautiful image in my mind!

  27. I want every single one of the pieces she’s wearing.

  28. Leah says...

    Wow! Love love love this week of outfits. Marianne’s style is so cool

  29. Jess says...

    So beautiful! The outfits, the smile, the hair!

    COJ killing it once again!

  30. Lisa says...

    For every single outfit, I thought “that is amazing; I want to wear it now” (particularly the last dress! Or the Sezane dress! Or the outfit with the chain necklace!)
    Such wonderful outfits, and the comment about her hugging the MTA guy is so cute (though freaking me out a bit in the times or Covid)

  31. Z says...

    So stunning and love her style/message!

  32. Sharon says...

    I’ve been reading Cup of Jon for years and this is the first time I’ve seen a Filipina woman featured on her own and with Filipina inspired accessories. Bravo for including fresh new voices!

  33. Julz says...

    LOVE the quote “This is the color that I’m supposed to be.” Asian people come in all sorts of beautiful colours, folks!

  34. Maria says...

    As a Filipina, this article made me happy. I’m happy to read articles of women that encourages embracing one’s own skin. It’s a challenge especially here in the Philippines, where we are constantly told that having a fairer skin is better and more beautiful.

    • Yuni says...

      I’m Filipina, too! Finally I see someone like me on my favorite site—Thanks Cup of Jo!

    • Claire says...

      So agree.

    • Ari says...

      Same same same! I’m bummed the earrings are sold out. Want to rep!

    • Marianne says...

      Maria, Yuni and Claire – it made me so happy to see this resonate with my Pinay sisters. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your sweet comments. Sending you all big hugs!

  35. Rosita DeFino says...

    amazing! beauty uniform please?

  36. Morgan says...

    That last dress is 🔥

  37. Cassie Sanchez says...

    mmk i love her

    • Beez says...

      That was my exact thought too lol

  38. Susannah says...

    So cute!!

  39. Ne says...

    Hmm, we are all girls here…. so, I am really really hoping to learn… how do ladies do the backless and deep necks? No bra? Or there is a bra sometimes? What’s the story?? Please – I want in on this secret society!!! 😁

    Gorgeous looks!!

    • katie says...

      I use Hollywood Tape Silicone Cover Ups. They’re reusable. I have smallish breasts. It works wonderfully.

    • Amy says...

      I have a few shirts from Sezane. I think the trick is that their shirts have an inside lining / second layer of fabric. So since they’re double layered I haven’t had any issues going bra-less. My breast are also smaller (size B) so that probably helps too.

    • C says...

      A couple years ago I bought a strapless bra from target that has two individual bra cups lined with sticky, reusable silicone. They have a little clasp that hooks together. No back or straps or side paneling. It’s magic! Granted, I have small breasts. A quick internet search makes me think it is a petal bra from stickie bras

    • Deb says...

      Same! I’m a D cup so not massive but definitely too big to go bra-less. All these gorgeous strappy/backless numbers make me swoon but I’ll just have to admire them on other people.

    • Kathryn says...

      Yes! I was just coming to comment that I would love to see what people wear under their clothes!

    • Beth says...

      I think unfortunately unless it doesn‘t bother you and you feel totally comfortable, having bigger boobs and backless just don‘t mix. Personally, i think an especially pretty bra can rescue some situations, but not this one. I think as you get older you simply weren‘t meant to wear everything and that‘s ok. Every body type deserves a few things only they can pull off.

    • Haley says...

      I wear a 32d/dd and I’ve got a backless sticky bra https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Forms-Womens-Ultimate-Boost/dp/B00ESAIYXS that works really well. I know those kinds of bras always have mixed reviews and I’m not the absolute busty-est, but it’s served me well! I think I bought mine at Target and I’ve worn it probably ten times with no trouble.

  40. Tina Crisas says...

    I love in dresses during the summer. I wear them with birkenstock, sneakers, mules and more. I dress them up or down and they are so comfortable especially when running after a toddler. I loooovvveeedddd the lilac and teal dress!!! Great style.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Tina! Shoes get worn out so quickly walking the streets of NYC, so it’s important that I have a hearty sandal for summer – and Birkenstocks are just the best! Thank you for reading and sharing!

  41. Thank you for featuring a nurse!! As a fellow nurse, I find it so liberating to wear something besides scrubs. On days off, we get to reclaim our identities through our personal styles, and Marianne captures that beautifully. She is radiant!!

  42. Christy says...

    Her dress game is so strong

  43. Amanda says...

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love her ethical and human fashion choices. She gives me courage to step up my fashion even while isolating at home. This was a definite bright spot during a tough week. CoJ team I love you!

  44. Kiki says...

    Oh no Marianne I think I have a big crush on you?!? That yellow dress literally turned me into the hearts-for-eyes emoji, and then I saw the teal one and died (in a good way). And then I read your thoughtful comments and my fate was sealed.

  45. Lauren says...

    Absolutely beautiful, Marianne you exude style and confidence 💕

  46. Liv says...

    omg I love her!!!!! so fun seeing outfits from another bay-brooklyn filipina woman :)

    question for Marianne– do you have a favorite bra for backless dresses?

    • Elizabeth says...

      Loved this one! These dresses are so dreamy, and the Philippine sun earrings are so cool! I’m also a nurse that has been dressing up more during these shelter in place times… it’s fun to have some bright spots, and why not?

      I could not resist ordering the Sezane dress, and am now also wondering what bra to wear! Thanks in advance!

  47. Emily J. says...

    marianne you look STUNNING, especially in that last photo! love the philosophy of dressing up for yourself. sometimes I put on my favorite perfume when I’m home alone, just to feel like another version of myself, for myself. x emily

  48. She is really really beautiful. And dimples too. I love all of her dresses!

  49. Lynn says...

    I want to see more of her gorgeous apartment!!! 😍

    • lennie says...

      Yes, second this!!

    • Kat O says...

      Right?! Her apartment looked gorgeous, too!

  50. Natalie Klann says...

    She looks beautiful in everything. Love them all !!

  51. Emily says...

    “This is the color I’m supposed to be.” Wow! That line really got me. Yes, yes, yes.

  52. Very cute! I love all of these outfits and dresses ☺️.

  53. Nicole says...

    That last dress! Omg. Amazing!!!

  54. Kelsey says...

    She is such a breath of fresh air! Lifted my day right up.

    • Amanda says...

      What a goddess! Wonderful style and attitude.

      Thank you for the reminder to stop saving things for special occasions. Every day is a special occasion!

  55. NM says...

    Can we do a series called, “I Wear It To Trader Joe’s”? Where women wear their quarantine-neglected fancies to get groceries. 😂

    • Chicks says...

      That’s a brilliant idea. I Hope they do it!

    • Samantha says...

      Totally do that. I was walking the dog with my parasol the other day and a woman said “you look like you should be in Paris”. I wish but we can at least pretend.;)

    • CJ says...

      Totally agree!

    • Maggie says...

      YES! I love this :)

    • Kristina says...

      YES! Please do it! I love the attitude of wearing fancy, beautiful pieces just because : )

    • Angel says...

      YES!

    • Rachel says...

      I love this idea! It would be an amazing hashtag for Instagram.

    • Marianne says...

      Ah, I’m already a fan! Love this idea, NM!

  56. Michelle says...

    Absolutely love her style! I LOVE the blue and white dress with no back and must have it although he link appears to be broken. Is the style no longer available? *tears

  57. AT says...

    Wow, this was a beautiful post. After a tough day at work, it was a delightful escape for a few minutes. Thank you.

    • Evel says...

      Proud for a Filipina to be featured here! Congrats Marianne!

  58. Katie says...

    What a BABE. Maybe my favorite week of outfits of all time! And . . . can we get a home tour next?

    • Michele says...

      Yes yes yes

  59. Agnes says...

    I’m a fellow Filipina from the Bay Area too! Thank you for sharing your story.

  60. Briel K. says...

    Wow, I love her style! So beautiful!

  61. Rachel says...

    What an absolute BABE!
    Style icon AND an oncology hero.

  62. Meghan says...

    I so connect with her style and love of dresses, boxy shirts and the half tuck. The caftan is BEAUTIFUL and I love her play with colours!

  63. Ash says...

    THIS ONE! Stylish!

  64. Nikki P says...

    Just a Kim appreciation note. Love the stuff you writing here and look forward to your Instagram stories. Thank you!!

    • Michelle says...

      Yes! Everything Kim brings to the table gets a big YEP from me.

  65. Janine says...

    Omg what gorgeous dresses! And a gorgeous lady!

    Can we get a house tour someday? Her place looks stunning too!

    • Michele says...

      Yes please — house tour!

  66. Bec says...

    Wow that yellow dress is stunning! What a ray of sunshine she is!
    We’re gonna need a home tour and a beauty uniform next!!

  67. Avery says...

    Oh my gosh, I want to be friends with Marianne AND raid her closet for more style inspiration. And also, thank you for all that you do as an oncology nurse, Marianne!

  68. Mel says...

    Love Marianne’s breathable chic style and her “I’m going to wear it to Trader Joe’s” attitude! She looks like someone I’d love to be friends with :)

  69. Mj says...

    A favorite a week of outfit posts!! Maybe a beauty routine post with Marianne?

  70. Melanie says...

    She is beautiful and I love her style! I don’t wear dresses often but seeing this makes me want to!

  71. I just started committing to getting dressed everyday since I’m working from home now, loved this post.

  72. c* says...

    why isn’t anyone talking about the yellow slip dress?! with those sage green shoes?!? ugh its PERFECT!! looks so beautiful on you Marianne!

  73. Kristin says...

    I have that Madewell top too! An oldie but a goodie.

  74. Rosemarie says...

    Gorgeous and thank you! I’m also wearing things to Trader Joe’s that I once reserved. I’m enjoying getting dressed for what I would’ve once considered inconsequential events. Yet, if I’m enjoying how I feel, it is of consequence. Thank you!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Rosemarie! Break out those beautiful outfits and create a special moment for yourself. I’m here for it, gal!

  75. Heather says...

    Beautiful 😍love your dressy style and embracing the skin you are in. May try the same with my pasty whites and a dress this weekend (gulp!) xxx

  76. MJ says...

    The epitome of a California cool girl. Beautiful outlook and style.

  77. S says...

    In a way, even though I’m white, I can relate to what Marianne was saying about her natural skin tone not being quite accepted. I have very pale, milky white skin and my family members always made me feel like it was disgusting, and an burden for them to have to look at. When I’d wear shorts, they’d always make snide comments (such as ” woah… do you glow in the dark? or “I need sunglasses looking at you!”) Even though my skin is very sunburn and cancer prone (I’ve had a few melanoma scares
    already), my dad would always roll his eyes at me when I insisted on wearing sunscreen. To them, being tan is a sign of health and beauty. I know that society at large does not judge me harshly for my white skin (quite the opposite), but I do feel like I have a small window into what it feels like for my skin to be judged negatively against a dominant standard of beauty. (Though isn’t it interesting how those standards can vary?) I really admire Marianne’s defiance of that!

    • KylieO says...

      Oh my goodness, I absolutely empathise with this. I too have very pale, freckly skin and here in Australia a tan is the epitome of “health” (despite having the highest skin cancer rates in the world!). I was teased and tormented every single time I wore shorts or togs (swimmers) – “I need sunglasses just to look at you” and “bloody hell, Kylie, lay out in the sun for a bit won’t you? Are you sick?” I was also called Migloo the white whale by a boy once (even though there was nothing whale-like about me at the time!). It had made me incredibly self-conscious my whole life to the point where I wouldn’t even wear shorts, even during summer! Last summer I just thought “F—- it” and now I wear shorts whenever I damn what. I still carry the insecurities with me, but trying to get better at being comfortable in my own skin. All this to say – people can be arseholes and we should all appreciate the beauty we’ve been given. Take care xxx

    • K says...

      discrimination is hurtful, whether from a stranger or loved one!
      also a good example of how arbitrary physical beauty standards can be.

    • Emily says...

      hmm this is so interesting. I’m a fair-skinned Taiwanese-American and have very obviously benefited from the colorism in Asia that Marianne talks about, with even old ladies on the subway stopping me to say I’m lucky to be so fair-skinned. (Always a wildly uncomfortable interaction.) On the other hand, I was aggressively teased as a kid in the US for being so sick-looking, and my friends in college would bug me about going to tanning salons because “you could be pretty if you weren’t so pale.” Which isn’t systemic discrimination but still a hurtful thing to hear all the time!

      I’m just grateful that we’ve all agreed tanning beds are bad for you now, and I can embrace sun protection without so many complicated feelings.

  78. Amy says...

    How amazing to see a Filipina American. We are rarely seen in fashion or beauty articles as it is!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Amy! We see Filipinx so infrequently in mainstream media and when we do, they’re generally fair skinned or mestiza. I’m glad I could help more of us brown skin girls feel seen and represented!

  79. Maggie says...

    Joanna, you’re completely right–I would be excited to see what she wore every time I met up with her, too! Every one of these outfits is gorgeous and so is she!

    • Z. says...

      Actually it is Kim’s piece.

    • B says...

      This was not written by Joanna. Sorry, I had to point it out, because even though this is Joanna’s website, we have to keep in mind/pay attention to correctly credit appropriate person’s work.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Maggie! Thank you for your comments! And yes, it was so awesome working with Kim! She’s a queen!

  80. The lavender and teal dresses are so lovely. I never wear dresses, but this makes me feel like I should start! I’d love to know where the bird prints are from in her home!

  81. Érica says...

    This interview is so good! Leaving a comment just to share my enthusiasm for it— many of my feelings have already been named by other commenters. Love it!

  82. Vicky says...

    Love seeing a Filipina. Love your personality and spunk!

  83. Kat Taylor says...

    Yessss filipina beauty.

  84. Jude says...

    Her outfits are as gorgeous as her smile and attitude! Also, as someone recently diagnosed with cancer, thank you for being an oncology nurse and being there for us in some of our most challenging moments. I now know a new sustainable clothing company (yas!) AND re-inspired to get a few dresses into my limited wardrobe – thank you!

  85. AE says...

    She’s gorgeous and I LOVE her choice of clothing colors. Everything is amazing.

  86. Karen says...

    YES👏🏽SIS👏🏽 show that brown skin! As a fellow Filipina, I totally relate!

    What I love about this interview is that there really was a blend of affordable items (target shoes or old navy jeans) and sustainable—though more pricer—wear. It felt like a fashion journey! Or at least, it made me think of my own choices, and how I’d like to be more ethical in my fashion decisions. I can’t afford the expensive dresses right now, but sustainability often looks like keeping the clothes you have for as long as you can, and letting them emphasize new pieces.

    • Marianne says...

      Karen! Hi sis! I’m glad you could join me on my fashion journey – such a fun way to look at it! And I agree with you – an important aspect of sustainability and reducing our environmental impact is by making our current clothes last! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  87. Julia says...

    Damn gurl! WEAR IT TO TRADER JOES! Love your style – and will be wearing my best outfits to Trader Joes as well! xo

    • Marianne says...

      HI Julia! GURRRL, yes! Always put your best clothes on – you never know who’ll you meet or what magic might happen next!

  88. Fiona says...

    YES I was thinking the same thing! So exciting to see a Filipina

  89. Meg says...

    Gorgeous style… I’m feeling like a schlump. Time to put on a dress!

  90. KB says...

    great post with so many lovely things but her smile is far and away the best thing! It changed my slightly grumpy outlook on the day to feeling hopeful in an instant. Thanks Kim and thanks Marianne.

  91. Kristina says...

    Hi! Long time reader, first time commenter here! I’m so glad to see this site highlight diverse folks! I am also a brown skinned Filipina American from the Bay Area, and what she said about colorism really struck a chord with me – constantly being told to stay out of the sun as a little girl and eventually decolonizing my mindset and embracing my skin. I smiled when she said, “People always say to me, ‘Oh you look like you went to the beach this weekend,’ and I’m like, ‘No, this is from my 10-minute walk! This is the color that I’m supposed to be.’” because SAME! People will comment on my “summer tan”, and I’m just like, “maybe it’s from the walk I took outside?”

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Kristina! So happy to meet another Pinay from the Bay! Yes to decolonizing our mindset! I grew up using papaya soap and Eskinol to help lighten my skin. Today, basking in the sun and being brown is my resistance to these colonial beauty standards.

  92. Maclean Nash says...

    Could she BE more stunning?!? Holy!
    The yellow Zara dress and the blue Rue Saint Paul dress look like they were made for her!
    And no, I don’t have a foot-thing, but wow! She even has nice feet!
    Love her style, thank you for sharing!

  93. Katherine says...

    Is it possible to nominate someone for a week of outfits? I have a friend in mind with incredible style. She’s a barber and milliner here in LA, is creating her own hat line, and get stopped and asked for details on her clothes wherever we go. Let me know!

    • Lauren says...

      Why wait for a week of outfits? I’d love to sneak a loo at her instagram feed if its public :)

  94. Jona Dela Cruz Hilario says...

    Pinay Represent!

    • Lorraine says...

      Yes! Fellow Filipina also happy to see this post!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Jona and Lorraine! I must admit that I was quite nervous to be featured, but I am so moved by all the Filipinx and brown skin womxn who now feel seen and represented by this Week of Outfits! Thank you for the shout out!

  95. Charlie says...

    Where is the bench in the first photo from!? Also loving that.

    This whole post was “Ooooooo… so beautiful.”

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Hi, Charlie!

      It’s a custom piece by a shop called Parker Dearest! Hope this helps!

  96. Emilie Walker says...

    Those last two pictures are out of this world!!! (and straight out of an editorial spread it seems!) Marianne your style (and your brown skin) is so beautiful and I need that teal dress in my life, ASAP!

    • Marianne says...

      HI Emily! Wow, what a compliment! Thanks for the shout, girl. I appreciate you!

  97. Emma says...

    Yay!!! As a fellow dress-lover, I totally adore Marianne’s fashion and philosophy. One of the many lessons I’ve learned over the past few months is how liberating it can be to dress exactly how you want. For me, 9 days out of 10, that means wearing a dress. (Grocery store run? Check! Going to the park with my kids? Yup! Physically distant porch wine date with a friend? You know it!). I used to be worried about looking too fancy, or like I was trying too hard, but now, I’m now enjoying dressing simply for my own joy and pleasure. We have to find those moments wherever we can these days!

    • liz says...

      love this comment. It bums me out that I have so many clothes in my closet that I don’t enjoy often because I always feel “too dressed up”. I do think your environment plays a role. I think you can get away with literally anything in Brooklyn, but in other cities, stick out like a sore thumb. but f-it!

  98. Ashley Rodriguez says...

    As someone who can afford to shop sustainably, I want to let you know that I absolutely loved seeing a sustainable brand featured! WE STAN!

  99. Lucy says...

    You are gorgeous, and your style is impeccable! ❤️❤️ Loved this post.

  100. Lindsey says...

    Love Kim and all her outfits! But even more love that she’s an oncology nurse who makes an effort to know her neighbors! What an A+ human. This week you’ll find me at TJs in my best ensemble!!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! I’ll be on the lookout for you and your fabulous ‘fit at Trader Joe’s!

  101. B says...

    Obsessed with all these looks! Marianne, you are radiant!

  102. Shannon says...

    This was my favourite yet of the series. Her style is incredible.

  103. kath says...

    aside from being stunning, you’re a genius, marianne! i have two dresses i’ve wanted to wear since forever but there’s nowhere to go to. i think i’ll just wear them haha – thank you for that idea.

  104. What an enchanting human! And that blue dress – yes! Hugs to you xo

    • Marianne says...

      Ren, you’re too kind! Thank you, sending big hugs, too!

  105. Emily says...

    Wow, a perfect outfits post. Her Philippine sun earrings! Every single jewel-toned dress! All the cute (but comfy and walk-friendly) shoes! I have small but wide-ish feet (apparently Asian people have wider feet, or so my mother has told me) and walk everywhere living in New York, so that really spoke to me. Loved the mix of affordable Target items and discounted sustainable ones too.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Emily! I’m glad you appreciated all the details! Walking in NYC can really do a number on my shoes, so it’s nice to have comfortable and affordable options to wear that I don’t get too attached to, or can be easily replaced. As you can see, many of my favorites from Target!

  106. Ram says...

    my mouth actually dropped when i scrolled to the final dress. WOW!

    • Anna says...

      Same Ram! I came to the comments to say the same thing.Absolutely stunning.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Ram and Anna! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! Xx

  107. Rita says...

    This is my favourite post of the series! How inspiring and beautiful.

    • Marianne says...

      HI Rita, this means so much! Thank you for your kind comments!

  108. Abby says...

    Okay, not sure if this is going to be good or bad news for y’all, but: the teal caftan is not as expensive as you might think. I know everyone has a different budget for clothes, but I was honestly very surprised and had expected it to be at least double the price that it is.

    Let’s all swan around our neighborhoods in gorgeous caftans!

    • Abby says...

      Oh, and of course… it’s now sold out. Guess the secret’s out, and that I should have looked more carefully! ;)

    • Sarah says...

      I love this comment <3

  109. grace says...

    loved all of her outfits and now looking up all her dresses! thanks for introducing us to such wonderful women.

  110. Liz P.F.B. says...

    The lavender dress in the top photo is available in Rue Saint Paul’s pre-loved collection!

  111. Natalie says...

    She’s gorgeous! But, can we get some week of outfits stories that incorporate wearing masks? I personally could use some inspiration. Let’s normalize mask fashion!

    • Allie says...

      Yes, yes and yes again to this!

    • Emily says...

      oh, yes please!

    • Carly says...

      I think this is an awesome idea!!

    • Alicia says...

      Hey Natalie, for inspiration check out Grace Atwood. Not only did she have great style before Covid 19 hit but she has nailed incorporating masks into everyday attire.

    • I love this comment!!! Yes please!

    • Samantha says...

      Obviously EVERYONE should be wearing a mask- But “mask fashion” has me concerned. It is another way to separate people- the person that can afford a mask to match every outfit, and the person that has to get by with something makeshift.
      I think there is a fine line to walk between incorporating masks into outfits and also recognizing them for their function alone, which is to protect people, not to make a fashion statement.
      It’s also important to consider what we will do with all of these masks when this is (one day, finally, hopefully) over. Will everyone just toss all those masks in the garbage?

    • Emily says...

      I hear what Samantha is saying re: the idea of “mask fashion.” I’m not worried about matching my mask to my outfit or getting a whole bunch of cute ones, and I don’t think it’s necessary to encourage that kind of consumerism. I hope, though, that Americans will keep wearing their cloth masks when they have the common cold in the future–it’s already the norm in Asia! I also have had fun re-purposing bandanas, smaller scarves, other linens / fabric scraps I already own as face masks, in a pinch. That might be cool to see in an outfits post.

  112. liz says...

    wow! love this one. She seems so awesome! Looooooove that teal dress too!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Liz! You’re too kind! Thank you for sharing!

  113. Wow! These dresses!

    • CD says...

      Absolutely love her style and how she incorporates sustainability with secondhand and rented pieces. As someone who’s also in the medical field, though, a lot of her choices, from the incredible Sezane dress to the apartment that looks to be in brownstone Brooklyn, feel financially out of reach. In the name of chipping away at the silence that helps perpetuate income inequality, it would be great to see a little more financial transparency in these style pieces.

  114. Maggie says...

    Love this style snapshot! I’m also a Bay-Area, brown-skinned Asian woman (I’m frequently mistaken for Filipina so I have a soft spot for Filipina aunties) and this post really resonates with me. Can we all be friends?!?!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Maggie! Thank you for reading and letting me share a little bit of my life. I’m so happy to hear this resonated with you! And of course we can be friends! Always love meeting folks from the Bay! YAY AREEEEEAAA!

  115. Elle says...

    Stunning!!

  116. Kathleen says...

    AHHHHH these outfits! These dresses! What a gorgeous human with such a beautiful outlook.

    I love how each of the dresses has a little (or big) surprise in the style – I gasped at each one! (Lavender buttons! *gasp* Low back! *gasp* Silky sunshine yellow! *gasp* PLUNGING TEAL KAFTAN *gasp gasp gasp*)

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Kathleen! Thank you for your sweet sentiments and noticing all the details!

  117. Ileana says...

    Wow!!!

  118. Emily says...

    I love her style. I’m also from CA and find that the low-key vibes define how I dress, too. And LOVED the bit about Tyrone! How wonderful to have a friend to greet every evening at the train.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Emily! Thank you! And yes, after a long shift and train ride home, a big bear hug from Tyrone is simply the best! My neighborhood is so lucky to have him!

  119. Lee says...

    I love her style!!! Also, love that she makes friends with service folks she comes in contact with day-to-day (I do the same thing!). I always have long conversations with the woman that works at the dry cleaners I use and I miss visiting with her (due to COVID).

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Lee! Thank you for sharing! Since I live so far from family, having a strong sense of community in my neighborhood is really important to me, so I try to make friends with everyone! I hope you can visit your friend at the dry cleaners soon. I’m sure she misses having long chats with you, too!

  120. Rebecca says...

    The teal dress – I gasped! I think I clicked on every single clothing link. All so beautiful and a great reminder that investing in quality pieces (if you can afford to) truly is better for the environment and better for workers. I love her philosophy of wearing fancy duds for everyday tasks. I’m going to pull out my wedding guest dress right now!

    P.S. Marianne, do you mind sharing where your couch is from? I’m on the search for one just like that.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Hi, Rebecca! It’s from JoyBird!

    • Rebecca says...

      Awesome, I’ll check JoyBird out. Anyone know if JoyBird’s couches are comfy? Thanks :)

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see where you wear your wedding dress! As for Joybird – their couches are very comfy!

  121. Jenny says...

    Marianne! What a beautiful person!!! She looks so wonderful in that boxy top, so chic and crisp. Even though I think I’m older than she is, I’m in a similar place of mixing affordable stuff with a few special things. The best line of all though was when said this is the color she’s supposed to be. I’m a mixed-race Native woman and I’m gonna use that the next time a patient is like why are you so tan?

    • Erika says...

      Years ago, I used to say that my skin color was difficult to wear with certain colors of clothing. These last few years I’m embracing and becoming more comfortable with my skin color and defying that rule. So this fills me with joy to see someone like me being represented. I’m really excited to check out Gretchen Carvajal too! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Jenny and Erika! I’m glad that this resonated with you both! Thanks for the lovely compliments!

  122. Margaret says...

    Best week of outfits ever featured here on cupofjo. Marianne you are killin’ it! Every pic I was like,“ yup!”

    • Candice says...

      God, I just love her style! Let’s emphasize how in one way, she dresses so simply, and yet her pieces all have structure and detail that really take them up several notches. I’m really over seeing oversized/’mom’ pieces, and quite frankly ugly homely shoes, and they are passed off as fashion-forward because of the label.

      Kim, I’m blown away by how intentional you are with your style! xoxo

    • Marianne says...

      Wow, this is a huge compliment! Thank you, Margaret!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Candace! Just wanted to give you a shout – thank you for noticing the details and sharing your thoughts!

  123. Katrina says...

    That last dress I literally said, out loud “get the fuck outta here!” It’s STUNNING!
    And the low back dress – so freaking good!
    I won’t even look at the price for either because I know it’s out of my price range at the moment.

    • Marianne says...

      Omg, this made me laugh out loud. I love your enthusiasm and excitement! Thank you for sharing and making me feel so foxy, Katrina!

  124. Lauren says...

    I love her outlook and approach to her clothing! Rock that dress to Trader Joe’s! Her house also looks gorgeous! Maybe a home tour is up next?

    • Jordan says...

      Totally agree that we need a home tour!

    • Meg says...

      Yes please! Her style clearly translates to home design, too :)

  125. Agnes says...

    LOVE. So accessible and comfy, as well as colourful and beautiful. Really enjoyed this! Thanks Marianne for letting us in to your life :)

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Agnes! I’m glad you enjoyed! Thank you for reading and sharing such kind compliments!

  126. celeste says...

    My style is just like hers down to the Target shoe shopping. And the getting ready every morning even during quarantine is something I’ve said to my kids every day. Stealing a couple of tips.

  127. Jo says...

    Ooh, love all of these beautiful dresses. Also love the three yellow (or are they gold?) frames behind her. Does she have a good source for frames or are they custom? Thank you!!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Hi, Jo!

      They’re custom from a dear friend of theirs! His company is called Tony’s Creations Company and you can find him at the GreenFlea Market in NYC, if you’re local!

      Thanks!

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Jo, thank you! Our friend Tony does custom framing. You can find him at the Grand Bazaar in the Upper West Side when it reopens in September!

  128. Sarah says...

    My goodness, I think she may be one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve seen! Gorgeous, and I love the easy style and the COLOR. I think that’s what jumps out at me most: the wonderful and sometimes unexpected color combos. Very inspiring. Particularly agree that what with this pandemic stretching on (and on….) that we can’t wait. Just haul out the good stuff now and wear it for ourselves. Thank you for this post.

    • Marianne says...

      Hi Sarah! I’m overwhelmed by your sweet compliments. Thank you so much!

  129. anje says...

    That teal caftan! Oh you look gorgeous in that.

    • Marianne says...

      Thank you so much, Anje! Xx