We spotted this charming, recently engaged Shoe Lover in Washington DC. Her deceptively simple outfit and edgy accessories (including one seriously cool tattoo) made her stand out in the sea of pantsuits. Equal parts savvy grad student and outdoorsy horseback riding instructor, she shared her style tips and list of favorite accessories with us.
Name: Gigi G.
Job: Grad student & horseback riding instructor
Current city: Washington DC
Where are you from?
I grew up in Boca Raton, FL, but I’m currently in grad school in the DC area.
What are you studying?
National security and defense. I’m also a horseback riding instructor!
Wow, your day-to-day look must vary quite a bit. Tell us more.
Well, I tend to dress more formally when I’m at school—a lot of my peers are already well established in their careers and you see a lot of “professional” clothing around. But when I’m riding or hiking, I tend to reach for flannel and a pair of comfy boots.
Describe your personal taste to us. What would we find you in if you weren’t specifically dressing for school or for a day at the stables?
I’m not a big fan of bright colors and loud clothing—so I actually love dressing for the winter! It gives me the chance to wear dark colors on my clothes and nails and look seasonally appropriate. I wear a lot of classic pieces like fitted, long-sleeved sheaths, tapered slacks, dark skinny jeans, long blouses, and the occasional skirt. I like having a simple but put-together outfit, and then accenting it with a fun pair of shoes or a key piece of jewelry.
Tell us about the DC “look”.
Very, very professional—you see more than your fair share of suits and business clothing! The only people you tend to see in plain clothing are tourists. You can’t get too trendy or ‘out-of-the-box’ with your style, but I’ve noticed people having some fun with their shoes. It’s an easy way to show some personality while still being work-appropriate. I’ve seen a lot of women wearing stylish boots with formal dresses, and bright-colored or leopard pumps with tapered pants and blazers.
Pumps are definitely a year-round staple.
Yes, plus they’re also pretty comfy to walk in. That’s definitely something you need in DC, especially if you work around Capitol Hill.
What are your three winter essentials?
Little black booties—I wear mine everyday with dark skinnies or tailored slacks.
Tan boots—they look great with dresses. Dark boots tend to chop you off and make you look shorter, so a boot that’s close to your skin tone is the way to go when you’re wearing a dress.
Black pumps—they’re the definition of essential.
What accessories are you wearing this season?
Long necklaces—they look great with high necklines and sweater dresses.
Knuckle rings—cuffs and bracelets make typing and writing a little difficult, so a knuckle ring is a unique, eye-catching, and convenient alternative.
Envelope clutches—a black or metallic version goes with everything.
Pearl earrings—you can’t go wrong with a classic, plus they’re a subtle way to add some polish to your look.
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