Growing up, I had a clear vision of what a fashion editor looked like thanks to some of my favorite New York City–set rom-coms: She wore black stilettos that tapped along marble floors, and an It bag hung from the crook of her arm. She was cool, she was put together… She was everything I wanted to be. Fast-forward to today, and here I am: a fashion editor living out my dreams. But somehow my hair isn’t quite as Andy Sachs post-makeover as I was hoping for, and I’m confident I’ll never find a pair of sky-high stilettos I could actually spend an entire workday in.
Let me be frank: The reality is that when we fashion editors aren’t doing glamorous editor things, we spend a good portion of our days sitting behind a glowing screen in an office that’s probably fairly similar to yours. The last thing we can get away with is dashing about in our rom-com–inspired outfits when we have deadlines to hit. While heels definitely have their place in our outfit rotations, we need to feel comfortable as well as chic in order to get through our busy days.
I turned to five of my fellow editors to find out which workday staples they live in at the Who What Wear offices—and why cotton is their fabric of choice.
"I live in boyfriend-style button-downs—most are actually my boyfriend's shirts; the rest I purposely buy a little oversize. They're always chic and effortless, and feel so good on. I love adding a turtleneck layer under a button-down for fall, it's one of my favorite looks—just make sure you find a fine cotton turtleneck so you have light layers to work with that don't feel bulky."
"Call me basic, but I recently got a new white tee (who wants to wear anything complicated?), and I swear that everything about it—from the soft fabric to the slightly baggy fit—makes me feel effortlessly cool. There are so many good elevated tees on offer at the moment that are perfect for our casual office."
"Rain or shine, my work uniform consists of a cotton dress. And when I wear my dress-and-blazer combo, I feel put together and I'm out the door in minutes. It's really just a bonus that I'm also comfortable."
"I'm not sure if it's because I've been living in California for too long or if it's because they go with literally everything in my closet, but the fact is that I wear some variation of cotton jeans almost every day of the week. Boyfriend jeans, skinnies—you name it, I love it. For the office, I hunt down elevated takes on classic denim, and team them with a silky tank and blazer."
"This time of year, I rarely leave home without a denim jacket—it just isn't too often that the weather here in L.A. necessitates anything heavier. My go-to version is a bit oversize, 100% cotton, and slightly distressed; the more '70s-inspired the better. For Monday to Friday, I'll mix in a denim take on a stylish blazer."