I'm 37, My Colleague Is 27, and We Both Have Chic Taste—Here's What We're Buying

I'd be lying if I said I don't get hit with a startling dose of reality when the ages of younger colleagues get brought up. This was exactly what happened when I realized that my colleague, fashion editor Anna LaPlaca, is 27. It took me a moment to shake that she's 10 years younger than I am. Apparently, in my mind, I am always going to be in my 20s. When setting out to put this story together, I assumed that, due to our age gap, there would be a striking difference in taste when picking out our top summer picks. As it turns out, I was completely wrong.

While we may be a decade apart in age, our sartorial interests align in just about every way. I came to find that we both have an affinity for retro sneakers, striped button-down shirts, '90s-inspired matching sets, woven totes, and more. I'm chalking it all up to the fact that we're both millennials working in the same industry. Scroll on to see what both of us are buying this season.

What I'm buying:

This matching set screams '90s chic.

Shop the matching Midi Satin Skirt ($60).

This black cropped tank has endless styling possibilities.

I can't help but share this dress every chance I get.

These strappy beauties give me The Row vibes.

A black jumpsuit is a major staple in my closet.

Striped button-down shirts will never get old.

These budget-friendly trousers are on-trend.

The billowy sleeves make this top.

I love the way this skirt looks with a basic white T-shirt.

What my colleague is buying:

Oversize button-down shirts continue to be my most-worn staple.

These sneakers complete a relaxed outfit.

They're an ideal fit, wash, and length for everyday wear.

A black corset top is a trendier piece that will easily become a staple.

These sandals are easy and effortless.

Another item I think everyone needs in their closet is a great trench coat.

Mules like these are great for a date-night outfit.

I did it. I found Zara's most expensive-looking dress. You're welcome.

Black oval sunglasses are officially on my shopping list.

I find it harder to look polished in the summer, but this top makes it easy.

I love how it's a timeless shape with subtle gold hardware.

When it comes to these micro-pleated trousers, even the more affordable options look really luxe.

Cool, tough, and sleek, these ankle boots check many of my boxes.

A ruched bodysuit makes even casual jeans look like a runway moment.

Basket bags never go "out," but they're having an even bigger moment this summer.