Sidewalk Style: Leggings and Layers

We stop a leggings-clad gal who’s breaking out of a rut.

Nicole Rowsell, 32
Senior manager, National Democratic Institute

What she’s wearing:
Ann Taylor Loft sweater, French Connection turtleneck, Victoria Secret leggings, Etienne Aigner boots, Ray Bans, and a bag purchased in Paris “ages ago.”

Favorite item in your closet:
“Right now it’s this sweater. If I could figure out how to wear it to work every day, I would.”

What do you think of Michelle Obama’s style?
“I love her. She has figured out how to do business-casual to a tee. But it’s not boring—she’s trying something new, which I admire.”

Tell me about your style.
“I’m pretty classic, pretty simple. I’m trying to get out of the black rut, hence this outfit.”

What’s on your style wish list for the holidays?
“More boots, and I’d love a camel coat.”

Rachel says:
I think Nicole can—and should—rock this cozy sweater to work. It’d look great layered over a floaty long-sleeved patterned dress or with slim pants and a top in a bright-jewel tone. And she could remove the knit belt and try some thick leather options, à la Michelle Obama.

Weigh in on Nicole’s style!

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