Every time we meet up with our friend Brooke, we feel a little like a broken record with our “where’d you get that, and that?” refrain. Lucky for all of us she gives us the scoop below:

What are you wearing here?
The coat is by Sonia Rykiel (from probably 5 years ago…)
The scarf is Missoni from last winter.
And the sneakers are Nike Chukkas that my husband brought back from me from a business trip.
The backpack is from layer x layer on Etsy—the link is a different colorway than mine (I think they only make a few of each kind) but man, is it a great pack.
The pants are vintage YSL men’s pants. And the sad (or brilliant, depending on how you look at it) thing is, I actually bought them new (at that YSL outlet that used to be on Rte 17 in New Jersey) but it was something like 12 or 15 years ago. A testament to why you should buy quality. On a per-times-worn basis, those pants are basically free at this point.

What would you say is your “mom uniform”?
First off, when in doubt (or tired, or both), I just wear all one color. And navy is a great one because it’s classic but also feels modern and put together (aka not some crazed maniac that just barely got her kid to school on time before jumping on the subway to make it to a meeting). Plus it goes with everything, so any scarf/hat/glove combo will work with it. As for the shoes, I like a heel as much as the next girl, but I really am all about my kicks if I’m going to spend all day on my feet (I think on the day that this shot was taken, I was in 5 different neighborhoods in 2 boroughs!) And even people who generally look down on casual footwear have a weakness for a well designed sneaker, so I’m still dressing to impress. My hair is, more often than not, a crazy mess, so keeping my clothes to a subdued monotone helps tone it down a bit. Not that I do that all the time, mind you, but it’s great for when I’m working.

I’ve had those pants for a good portion of my adult life. Classic, straight leg, perfect fit, beautifully made. What every pair of pants should be. And they look as in-place now as they did when I bought them a million years ago. Why oh why didn’t I buy 3 or them? If I had one piece of advice to give, I’d say that if you find a classic piece (like those pants) and it works, but at least two. You won’t be sorry.

On days when I’m out and about all day, carrying a laptop or cameras or just a change of clothes for my daughter’s tumbling class, a good backpack is essential. And for years I just walked around with a generic red one I hated. Until my husband suggested we look on Etsy for a new one. GENIUS.

Oh and get yourself a good, flattering, stylish winter coat and you’ll always look pulled together, no matter what you’re wearing underneath. Seriously. It really works. This one served as a maternity coat, too!


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