Off-duty dressing can be a tricky balance: You want pieces that are easy to throw on, but you don't want to sacrifice style. If that predicament sounds familiar, Who What Wear co-founder Katherine Power has some ideas for you.
Designer Jenni Kayne chatted with Power for her Rip+Tan blog, and there are lots of style tidbits to glean from the interview. From the accessory rule she lives by to her tips on summer dressing, you'd be wise to take note of Power's sartorial insights. Plus, the accompanying shoot has three perfect outfit combinations definitely worth emulating—there's even a pair of ultra-affordable $30 pants in the mix!
Scroll down to see Kayne's interview with Power and shop pieces from the shoot!
JENNI KAYNE: How did you go about selecting the Jenni Kayne and WWW pieces you wanted to style together?
KATHERINE POWER: I am a huge fan of the whole Jenni Kayne brand. It's very in line with my style sensibilities: classic, neutral, and modern.
JK: What jumped out at you?
KP: The palette and the soft materials.
JK: What pieces did you find inspiring?
KP: I love all of the culotte pants, as well as this sweet oatmeal sweater.
JK: Where do you see yourself—or others—wearing these looks?
KP: These are great weekend pieces for me, though some of the pants can be worn to work with heels. For my job, I wear heels every day, and jeans are usually reserved for the weekend, but for those who have a more casual office environment, these pieces are perfect for every day.
JK: All these pants are cropped—do you have any tips you can pass on when it comes to pairing shorter pants with other pieces?
KP: Cropped pants look great with a tucked-in button-down, a sweater that hits right at the top of the waist, or even this draped black top and flats for a laid-back look.
JK: How important are accessories to you?
KP: I keep my accessories very minimal. I wear the same gold Céline bracelet every day, which adds a bit of polish to whatever I have on. Sometimes I'll do gold earrings or a necklace too.
JK: Do you have any personal styling mantras or mottos you can share?
KP: I would rather invest in a few classic (but pricier) pieces with great quality that I can wear season after season rather than spending the same amount of money buying several inexpensive pieces that I might wear for a month.
JK: In your opinion, what is the best way to wear long sleeves in the summertime?
KP: Stick to a lightweight fabric, like the white Who What Wear top [editor's note: available in July] I've got on with jeans. Or choose sweaters based in cotton or other breathable materials.
JK: What is your best advice for building an outfit—is there a particular piece (top, bottom, shoe, etc.) you start with or how do you advise someone go about it?
KP: For some reason, I typically start with bottoms. Depending on my mood, I'll chose pants or a skirt, and build from there.
Which look is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below, and head over to Rip+Tan to see the full story!