Smarter Women’s Workwear

Three brands who are making business-casual actually enjoyable (and supremely wearable)

A new year means a re-assessment of your closet. Not many people ever get excited over buying a button-down, but just because you have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The three brands below are working overtime to design pieces that are more than what meets the eye, and most important of all, offer a boost in confidence when …

Lazy Oaf’s New Line: G.E.M.

Drawing inspiration from Cyndi Lauper and Barbara Cartland, a flamboyantly fun and frilly collection

We’ve been longtime devotees of Lazy Oaf, the fun London-based label that truly lets you wear your (even most curmudgeonly) feelings on your sleeves. Founder Gemma Shiel launches new pet project G.E.M. today, and the statement pieces are not for the fainthearted. G.E.M. (standing for Give ‘Em More) experiments with more texture, volume and frills—think dresses with furry sleeves, a sheer color-block jacket, jeans that …

Olivia Wendel’s Handpainted Scarves

Why the Brooklyn-based artist finds wool and silk to be the fitting canvas for her work

The last time we wrote about Olivia Wendel, it was back in 2014—her stained silk tapestries were a notable highlight in that year’s annual RISD graduate thesis exhibit. Armed with an MFA in textile design, the now-Brooklyn-based painter has since developed a synergetic relationship with the rippling canvases of wool and silk, resulting in her debut collection of six scarves this year. A brief look …