Melissa Nunez is an emergency medicine recruiter with CEP America, a position that calls for a put-together style. Business casual offers freedom to experiment, but the open-endedness can pose a Goldilocks conundrum: What qualifies as not too stuffy—but not too casual?
Melissa gets it just right. Her look is polished but trend-conscious, allowing her personality to shine through. We asked her how she does it.
What’s your daytime work style?
Monday through Thursday call for business casual. I wear ankle-length pants, silk and chiffon blouses, classic button downs, and pencil skirts. I love that printed pants are in right now! A printed black trouser can be equally as neutral as your normal black pant. I’m a more conservative dresser when it comes to fit, but I love playing with pattern and color. I also love mixing more high-end items with inexpensive pieces.
On casual Fridays, I go for jeans. I prefer dark-wash denim in a slim leg and I’m loving the colored jeans trend.
How do you take your look from office to evening?
The easiest way to go from the office to happy hour is a fun lipstick and heels. I love NARS lipstick in Schiap and Stila liquid lipstick in Beso. When it comes to shoes, comfort is king. All my favorite heels are by Nine West or Seychelles.
What’s your weekend style?
Since I live in San Francisco, layering is key! The weather can go from foggy and chilly in the morning to hot in the afternoon. Scarves and cardigans are staples in this town, as are lightweight jackets (mine is army green). My weekend style goes from printed blouses, skinny jeans, and booties for a night out with girlfriends to Levi’s and Chuck Taylors for a day of exploring the city. And a printed tote bag is a must!
What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
When I pick up an item I ask myself, “Can I wear this with three things I already own?” If I can’t, I won’t buy it. This trick has helped me get the full wear out of my wardrobe! And I hang dry everything. It keeps your clothes looking better, longer.
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