Who: Elaine Liao Avin, 34
Management consultant, Deloitte
What she does: I help companies improve their business, which means everything from updating their infrastructure to integrating the operations of newly merged companies. On a day-to-day basis, I am at the location of my clients working hands-on with them to develop a solution for their organization. The consulting life can be tough (long hours on the road), but it has its perks.
Describe your work style: Architectural and polished. I love structured looks, bold colors, and prints, but I’ll pair them with more subtle pieces. Travel is a big part of my job (I currently spend four out of five workdays in Atlanta), so structured dresses/skirts and silk shirts are my go-to pieces—they look great after being in a suitcase, and the silk shirts soften up the traditional “consultant” outfit.
Work to Dinner
I try to save the more fun outfits for when I have a 12-plus-hour day, so I can savor what I’m wearing. This is great for a day I’m going straight from work at my client site to a client or team dinner out on the town.
Zara skirt and shirt, Dolce Vita shoes, and crystal statement necklace from Wink NYC.
We frequently have Jeans Day, where we donate $5 to a designated charity to wear jeans to work. The trouser cut of this pair is office-appropriate but still fun.
J.Crew top, Miss Sixty jeans, Lanvin shoes, and David Yurman bracelets.
On the Road
This is something I would wear on a travel day, which is usually Monday morning. I don’t want to look wrinkled when I arrive at my client’s location.
J.Crew pants, top, and necklace, and Christian Louboutin pumps.
Making an Impression
This is my “steering committee” look. In other words, it’s something I would wear on days with the most client meetings scheduled. It’s a nice balance between professional and fashionable, and it makes an impression.
Zara blouse and skirt, Bauble Bar necklace, and Balenciaga shoes.
All photographs by Kate Warren.
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