Gabby Mbeki of First and Warren is a teacher in Boston by day and blogger by night, which means the outfit she chooses in the morning sometimes needs to take her from the classroom during the day to blogger events at night. This is why she tries to stick with versatile pieces that are comfortable, yet stylish. You might remember Gabby when we featured her apartment in September and she offered tips on making the most of a small rental space. Now she’s back to show us a week’s worth of affordable and stylish fashion choices. We love her style and think you will, too!
“In truth, I would describe my style as trendy casual, with maybe a hint of glam (whatever that means). For the most part, because I am in the classroom seven hours a day, five days of week, my first thought in terms of outfits is always comfort, but sometimes I have to, especially in the fall, run to a blogger event after work, and do not have enough time to go home and change. Therefore, I try to really think about how my ‘professional wear’ can work for my ‘party wear,’ and depending on what is going on, my look can change from day to day. I always try to stick with a piece that is versatile, hence the velvet boots that can be my constant throughout the week.” – Gabby
Monday: “Back to Work”
Oversized Sweater and Wide Leg Pants: When it comes to the first day of the week, I want to feel loose and comfortable. I am too concerned with how I am going to start my students off in the morning knowing they are coming in with high energy (or low energy from their weekend). I think some folks feel as though they cannot pull off bright colors in the fall, but you definitely can if you play it off darker colors. Here, I am going for the oversized look with this hot pink sweater, and yes, white Uniqlo cropped wide leg pants. The velvet blue boots dress up the look and the metallic trouser socks give it a fun detail once upon closer look.
Tuesday: “Work Meeting/Holiday Party”
Velvet Cape Jacket: Most people save velvet for the holiday time, which is fine, but having the jeweled tones play out in your everyday wear draws all the attention you need in the best way possible. Throwing on a velvet blazer or a cape jacket takes you from work meetings to holiday parties in no time, and for me, I can put it on my chair during my teaching moments to downplay my outfit and throw it on when I am ready to head out.
Wednesday: “Faculty Meeting”
All About the Pastels: Why do people feel the need to go dark in the fall? Pastel colors are feminine and fun and still easy to wear in the fall. I love the teal color of this chunky knit sweater and it is heavy enough to keep me warm during those colder mornings. Plus, a lot of places are going for heavier material for this type of pleated skirt, which at mid-length goes really well with my boots or even a nice pair of heels.
Thursday: “Date Night”
Polka Dot Dress: Throw on a polka dot mini-dress and you have yourself a look for date night. I love how this has two layers, with a top one being sheer to give a sense of flow and light print. I paired it with boots because I do not want to be walking around school all day in skinny heels. Plus, it plays down what could potentially be a sultry look depending on how you wear it. Throw on a good fur coat and you look like you are ready for a few late-night cocktails after going to the theater.
Friday – “Casual Friday”
Layered Pieces: After a long week of meeting and events, I am ready to just crash on my couch and binge watch Netflix, and my Friday wardrobe matches that feeling without looking too tired. My favorite coat for the fall is my Madewell cocoon coat, and wearing a light turtleneck with a chambray shirt. Layering is key in the fall months especially for those random warm days with cold mornings.